A Diabetic Cat Gets a Feathered Visitor

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's New Neighbor

Hi, everypawdy!  I told you yesterday that my human said that Jacey and I are banished from the balcony for a while.  This did not make me happy.  Just because I am a diabetic cat doesn’t mean that I don’t like to enjoy soaking up the sun.

And I especially like nibbling on the catnip that my human is growing on the balcony.  But my human tells me there is a good reason for our banishment.

We cats are predators.  Nature designed us to be good ones.  Our sharp claws, sharp teeth, and lightning quick reflexes make us very good at killing prey.  And we really enjoy hunting birds.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's New NeighborThat is what is nesting on our balcony these days.  You can see the pretty mourning dove that has decided to lay its egg right next to the basil plant that my human planted.

Humans who live in the United States probably have seen these birds.  They are very common birds, and they live pretty much throughout the entire country.

They make a very distinctive sound.  You probably have heard it at some point.  They are very adaptable birds, and they live pretty much anywhere.  While they normally nest in trees like most birds, in the western United States where I live, they will often nest on the ground.  That is what they decided to do here.  They decided to nest on the soil in the planter box where my human planted basil.

Mourning doves pairs take turns incubating their eggs.  Typically, the male will incubate the egg during the night, and the female will incubate the egg during the day.  So Jacey, our human, and I get to see two different birds.

These pretty birds are fun to look at, but even though Jacey and I told our human that we will not attack the bird, he knows better.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long.  The typical incubation period for a mourning dove is about two weeks, and then the baby mourning doves fly away after another two weeks.

I guess that is okay.  We typically have something called June gloom here, and while diabetic cats love to lounge in the sun, there isn’t much to lounge in when it’s here.  So I should be able to head back out to the balcony right around when it gets sunnier in July!

You better believe that I am going to show my human how much diabetic cats like the sun when I get the chance.

Jacey’s Roundup of the Week

Bagheera The Diabetic Cat's Furiend Jacey

Bagheera The Diabetic Cat's Furiend JaceyHello, everyone.  I hope that what you humans call Sunday Funday is off to a good start.  Sometimes, my diabetic cat friend Bagheera needs a little time to play with our human, so I am stepping in to highlight some of the things he talked about this week.

One of our favorite charities is Diabetic Cats in Need.  We love them because they help humans with diabetic cats like Bagheera who don’t have the resources to pay for treating feline diabetes.  They entered a contest to win a credit at a low cost vet clinic in Richmond, Virginia.  DCIN can sure use your votes!

Both Bagheera and I are amazed at how loving and friendly one special ginger kitty named Lucky is.  After being tortured by an evil human, he has nothing but love to give.  Lucky had a media tour last week, and helped the Homeless Animals Rescue Team win lots of money to help other cats like his furiend Fortune.  Some of you humans call diabetic cats like Bagheera sugar cats because of their elevated blood sugar levels.  But Lucky is a truly sweet kitty!

This month is June, and that means that lots of already crowded sBagheera the Diabetic Cat reminds you June is adopt a shelter cat monthhelters are even fuller because it is kitten season.  That is why the American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, and American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have designated June as adopt a shelter cat month.  Both Bagheera and I found our human through rescues.  If you’re looking for a cat, please go rescue one and maybe choose a diabetic cat or other special needs cat.

One of the best reasons to adopt a cat is because of the sandpaper kisses we give you.  If you ever wanted to know what is behind the sandpaper kisses that cats like Bagheera and me give to our humans, you can learn all about them.

Well, that is all I have for you today.  It seems that we have a feathered visitor on our balcony, and Bagheera and I want to go investigate.  Our human is leery, though, because he says furry friends and feathered friends do not mix.

Keep These Household Items Away From Cats

Good morning, kind humans.  Today is one of the days where my human will be around quite a bit.  For diabetic cats like me, that is a mixed blessing.  It is nice to have my human around and play, but it also means I have to endure lots of ear sticks so that he can see what my blood sugar does throughout the day.  But I know he does it because he loves me, so I tolerate it.What Bagheera the Diabetic Cat will have to endure today

But unlike blood sticks, there are many things that humans have around the house which can kill cats.  And he has to be extra careful, because a diabetic cat, any kind of health threat is added to the diabetes, so it’s even more risky.

My furiends at Catster had a veterinarian come up with a list of things many houses have which can hurt us.  It’s best to not have these things in your home, but if you do have them, make sure we can’t get to them:

  • Lilies and sago palms.  My human tells me there is a plant called the deadly nightshade.  And there are two plants that many humans have which are just as deadly for us cats.  The lily is so poisonous that even getting the Bagheera the Diabetic Cat says don't let your cat do thispollen on our paws and licking them clean later can kill us.  And the sago palm can cause liver failure in cats.
  • Yarn.  Yes, we have all seen pictures of cats playing with yarn.  And it’s cute, but what happens is that sometimes, we will eat the yarn.  Getting that yarn, which will clog up our stomach, out, requires surgery that is not so cute.  We won’t even go into the needle that accompanies the yarn or thread in many cases.
  • Hair scrunchies and rubber bands.  These can cause the same problem.  And my human didn’t realize that this was a potential problem until he read the article.  He used these to play with Jacey and me all the time, but not anymore!
  • Ear plugs.  This may be a surprise, but we felines like the smell of your ear wax.  So we will play with these, and possible eat them.  The same thing that can happen with yarn and rubber bands can happen with these.
  • Cleaning agents.  Yes, you humans need these.  You need to keep the house clean.  But drinking these or nibbling on these can kill us.  So make sure you keep these in a secured place.  A locked cabinet is best.

If you keep these things away from your cats, especially if they have a medical condition like this diabetic cat, it’s likely they will live long and happy lives.  And you’ll spare yourself the expense and worries of emergency veterinary surgery.