Soldier Reunited with Cat

Hello everyone.  Today is Memorial Day in the United States, where I live.  So this diabetic cat wants to share a story about a heartwarming reunion between a human and a four legged furiend.  I have to be careful when I hear sweet stories like this, because I am a diabetic cat and I can’t have too much sugar!

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to Meet KoshkaIt started in Afghanistan.  Staff sergeant Jesse Knott met a feral cat he called Koshka.  Koshka earned his keep by being a good mouser, just like cats have done for you humans since we first wandered into your lives in ancient Egypt.

But despite this, Koshka showed signs of being abused.  From time to time, paint was in Koshka’s fur.  And someone took clippers and shaved Koshka’s back.  Knott was not about to tolerate this, and despite regulations against it, he found room for Koshka in his office.

So just like so many kind humans confronted with an abused cat, Knott saved Koshka.  He never expected Koshka to return the favor.

Unfortunately, a suicide bomber attacked a convoy near the base where Knotts was stationed, and two of his friends were killed in the attack.  Knott was unharmed physically, but mentally, he was depressed.  Not surprisingly, he was crying over the loss of his friends in his office.

Koshka noticed this.  Koshka “locked eyes with me, reached out with his paw and pressed it to my lips, then climbed down into my lap curled up and shared the moment with me,” Knott said.  This is when he decided that Koshka was coming with him to the United States.

Knott was unable to get Koshka on a military convoy, so he needed help.  And he got it from an Afghan interpreter, who took tremendous risk in helping.  Militants who encounter Afghans helping Americans often kill them.  And the interpreter was with “a cat with a purple collar and an American-brand cat carrier, going halfway across Afghanistan, going across God knows how many Taliban checkpoints.”

He made it to Kabul, and Knott’s parents paid the $3,000 to get Koshka to the United States.

This diabetic cat wants to thank Knott for his service and is glad that Knott was able to reunite with his feline furiend.

Enjoying a Fun Caturday

Hello, my furiends.  Today is Caturday, and I am enjoying a fun day.  I like to remind you humans that diabetic cats like me need a little more attention and care than cats without the disease, but that we are just as fun and playful as any cat.

I started off the day with my typical routine.  My human wakes up at the same time every day so that he can give me my insulin shot.  I know when that will happen, so I sit on the nightstand and wait for him to wake up.  Well, this morning, I decided I wanted to have some fun with him, so I hopped onto the bed, sat down next to his head, and started to purr loudly and give him sandpaper kissesBagheera the Diabetic Cat Loves Sandpaper Kisses

When I do this, he smiles and gives me a few pats, but he does not wake up.  He may be only human, but he knows that if he gets up when I do this, I will do it earlier and earlier.  So all I get to do is bond with my human a little.  I will take it.

Of course, after my human’s alarm went off, he got up, and gave me my food, took my blood sugar reading, and gave me my insulin shot.  This morning’s blood sugar reading was still a little higher than where we want it, at 223, but it is lower than the danger level of 300.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat and Jacey on the BalconyAnd then the fun really began.  Today is the day where my human waters the plants out on the balcony, so guess what Jacey and I got to do?  We got to observe to make sure he did it right.  That is always fun.  We nibbled on some catnip and Jacey ate some decorative grass.  But then it got really interesting when a hummingbird came by and decided to investigate one of the flowers.  Both Jacey and I wanted to pounce on the bird, but our human didn’t let us.  He made us go back inside for a bit.

Silly human.  Doesn’t he know that diabetic cat or not, I want to pounce on birds and that I am nature’s perfect predator?

Well, I hope my Caturday gets even more fun and that you have as much fun as I will!

Let’s Help Simba Get His Enclosure

I hope you kind humans are having a good day.  I have talked a lot about Simba, who is a 75 percent African jungle cat.  His story is a very sad one, and it will make this diabetic cat beat very quickly if we can help make it a happy one.  That’s good for my diabetes, you know.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to Help SimbaSimba’s human recently went over the rainbow bridge and now Simba does not have the human he bonded to.  So he needs help.  He needs an enclosure so he can live the rest of his life happily.

Before I tell you what I am going to make my human do to help with this, I wanted to let you learn more about the African jungle cat.  It is the largest member of the Felis species, which includes cats like me.  Simba is 30 pounds, which is not big for a jungle cat.  They can get up to 35 pounds!

Even though they are called jungle cats, they are not found in the rainforest.  You can find cats like Simba throughout Africa and Asia, from Egypt in the west to southeastern Asia.

One of the most distinctive things about jungle cats is that they have equally sized claws on both their front and rear legs.  For cats like me, our rear claws are longer and stronger than our front ones, which means we have to back down when we climb a tree.  Simba’s ancestors don’t have to do this.  They can walk up and down Bagheera the Diabetic Cat has a cat mummy for you to look ata tree and face forward.

In Egypt, jungle cats were found among the cat mummies, which means that humans have lived with them since ancient times.  It’s likely that jungle cats were used to keep the rodent population under control.

I am sure you think that jungle cats like Simba are fascinating creatures, and that you want to make Simba’s story a happy one.  Well, his current human at Spots and Stripes needs money to build an enclosure for him.  And I want to help with that, so I got my human to agree to do something.

For every like, my human will donate $1 to Spots and Stripes.  If you share Simba’s story, he will donate $2.  And if you donate to help build Simba’s enclosure, he will donate $5.  He will do this up to $100.

This diabetic cat really hopes you will show Simba some of the love you have shown me.

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.