Batgirl’s Story is a Miraculous One

I want to give everyone a paw high five.  It may be a little sugary, because I am a diabetic cat, but I am sure it will make you happy.

My human tells me that you have a saying that cats have nine lives.  Well, we all know this isn’t true, because I have seen my furiend Pepe go over the Rainbow Bridge and he did not get to live eight more times.

But if there ever was a cat who had nine lives, it’s the one I’m going to introduce you to today.  Her name is Batgirl.

Batgirl was found on a Philadelphia street in April of last year.  Her eyShe's not a diabetic cat, she's BATGIRL!es were swollen shut because she had a really bad infection.  A kind human took her to a shelter, but it was a high kill shelter.  Poor Batgirl sat in the dark for a few days because her eyes couldn’t handle any light.  Her time was just about up, but then her foster human spotted her and took her home.  That’s two lives that Batgirl had used up, just by getting put in the shelter and having her death sentence commuted.

Only three days after Batgirl went home with her foster human, she almost died.  But her human talked to some other humans, and she was able to recover.  Less than a week later, Batgirl’s eyes healed enough for her to be able to see.  But then she had another challenge.  She didn’t know how to eat.  So her human took her to work for a month, and fed her with a syringe for a month.

She's not a diabetic cat, she's BATGIRL!Batgirl faced a few more challenges that scared her human, and made her human think that the poor feline was never going to get a chance to live.  But her human refused to give up, and Batgirl didn’t quit, either.  And now she is a happy and active cat who celebrated her first birthday recently.

Whether you’re talking about a diabetic cat like me, or other special needs cats, please give us a chance.  We may have medical conditions that you humans will have to work with, but there is nothing wrong with our heart or our ability to get into yours.

A Diabetic Cat Helps His Human

So my human was reading an article from Catster.  It was about how the writer couldn’t do anything without her cats helping.  She started thinking about this when her friend told her that her cat helped when it was time to paint the house.  Apparently, when the walls were done, there were paw prints on the floor as well.  Well, you humans may not like it, but we felines think that since we are on the floor more often than the wall, it needs painting too!

Then she listed other things that her cats help her with.  There is a very long list of things that we do.  Did you know that we felines are helpers when you humans:

  • Assemble furniture
  • Make the bed
  • Choose clothes for donation
  • Put away groceries
  • Drink water
  • Do the laundry
  • Type on the computer
  • Vacuum the house

See how we help vacuum?

That got me thinking about how this diabetic cat helps his human.  For example, I helped my human do his taxes.  I sat on the papers and receipts he put together and helpfully put my paw on things that he needed to know.  Yes, the rest of my body was on his papers, but that’s okay.  He didn’t need the numbers that I covered up. And a diabetic cat knows all about numbers.A diabetic cat helps with taxes

My human cooks a lot, and when he does I want to make sure his food tastes good.  So I will go and nibble on his food to make sure it’s okay, and then if it is, I let him know. If it tastes good to a diabetic cat, it must be good.

When my human goes to the human doctor, they do tests.  I help him test his senses between visits to the human doctor.  For example, I make sure his sense of smell is working by doing my business in the middle of the night.  I make sure his nose works okay and wakes him up.

And then in the morning, when he is in the shower, I make sure he can hear correctly, too.  I’ll sit by the bathroom door and meow loudly, and then when he opens the door to check on me, I know that his hearing is okay so I walk away.

How do your cats help you with things?

Say Hello to Diabetic Cat Dominique

Diabetic Cat Dominique Needs a Furever HomeMeet Dominique.  She is a large tuxedo cat.  She’s been spayed and yes, some human decided to declaw her.  She was diagnosed as a diabetic cat around the same time as me, in the summer of 2012.  But she is almost twice as old as me and will turn 15 this year.

And she is a very loving cat.  She loves to snuggle into your neck and purr like crazy.  She loves humans, and loves to eat her canned food.  You know this girl is a kind cat because she even lets her humans test her without fussing.  Ask my human how I feel about that!

One issue that Dominique has is that she’s not as mobile as she used to be.  She’s a very distinguished older lady, and she isn’t happy that she can’t move as well as she used to when she was younger.Adopt diabetic cat Dominique

But now she is on Adequan and that seems to be helping with her mobility.  She still waddles when she walks, but she seems to be doing better.  And she can hop onto the furniture, which she wasn’t able to do when she was first put into foster care with Diabetic Cats in Need.

The biggest challenge for any human that adopts this sweet diabetic cat is that she has a litter box issue.  She will go into the litter box, but unfortunately, due to her lack of mobility, she overshoots the box.  Her foster human has managed to take care of this by putting large storage container lids by the entrance of the litter box in order to catch the overshoot.

But Dominique more than makes up for that challenge by being a wonderful lap cat.  This girl may be old, but she has lots of love to give to the right human.  It will have to be a human who is willing to deal with the challenges she faces, but if that’s you, this is what you’ll get.

Are you that special human?  If you are, please contact Jenn at Diabetic Cats in Need.  And if you aren’t, please share this so that sweet diabetic cat Dominique can find that special human.

I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.