Great News for Diabetic Cats In Need!

Hi, everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your day.  Today is Sunday, so my human just got back from yoga class and he told me he did several cat poses.  Jacey and I just looked at him and thought, silly human, you will never be as flexible as us so don’t even try. This is an easy pose for a diabetic cat like me but not for my humanFor example, this is an easy pose for all felines, even diabetic cats like me.  But for humans it is not so easy.  We are flattered that our human is trying to copy us, but we are also amused at how he tries so hard to gain flexibility but he’s still nowhere near what we felines can do!

But my human told me there was great news about Diabetic Cats In Need.  As you can imagine, an organization that helps diabetic cats is one that I give four paws and two thumbs up to.  They were entered in a contest to win $1,500 in credit at a low cost veterinary clinic in Richmond, Virginia.  DCIN was the winner of this contest put on by Helping Hands.  We were sure they won the contest last week, but it was made official.

Now isn’t that great news for your Sunday?  And how kind is Helping Hands to not only give DCIN $1,500 in credit, but to hold a drawing for another $1,000 credit and to give all of the organizations that participated in the contest $75?

Jacey and I give them Diabetic Cats In Needfour paws up, and I think you humans should give them all a big hand.  Their generosity will help many organizations take care of four legged creatures like me who need some help.

Speaking of DCIN, remember, they have many wonderful diabetic cats who need new homes.  It is a little more challenging to take care of one of these great felines, but if you are willing to open your heart and home to them, I am sure DCIN would love to hear from you.  What better way to celebrate adopt a shelter cat month than to take in one from DCIN?

Bengal Cats Everywhere Need Your Help

Hello, everyone.  Yesterday I shared with you all sorts of things about bengal cats like me.  I told you that they are not for everyone, and that any human looking to bring a bengal cat into their home has to be aware of the unique nature of our breed.  It is like bringing in a diabetic cat, or other special needs cat.  Humans who want to bring us in to their lives have to be ready for us.

But there is a world of difference between being prepared for the things that bengal cats do and us being wild and dangerous animals.  And that is why bengal cats everywhere need your help today. Does this bengal cat look like a dangerous animal?

An irresponsible “news” organization in Pennsylvania ran a report that said bengal cats like me are “technically wild animals.”  They further said that we are more dangerous than typical domestic cats, and that adopting one of us would be like “trying to domesticate one of our local bobcats.”  Supposedly, we “still have the mentality of a wild animal.”

The ignorant woman who brought the bengal cats into her home said that she loved the leopard spots and did not know we could be so dangerous until one of us bit her husband.  And then the irresponsible television station said that people who saw my fellow bengals should call the police.

All of this is wrong.  This is why so called news organizations often only deserve to have their product used for me to cover up the mess in my litter box.

But you can do something.  A human who wrote to these people to let them know how wrong they were got a response.  The person who claims to be the news director responded by saying they strive to report all sides of the story.

Well, for this story, there are no sides to it.  Bengal cats like me are not like bobcats, we are not wild animals, and we are perfectly safe.  And that is the only story that should be reported.

Do these bengal cats look like animals that will hurt you?So please do Jacey, Duke, me, and all our fellow bengals a favor.  Call or email the news director and let him know he needs to correct all the false information he spread.  His name is Carl Abraham.  You can click on that link to send an email to the general box, and make sure you let them know the message is for him.  His phone number is 570-207-2444.  Be polite but firm and demand that they retract the false report.

Bengal cats everywhere send you purrs, headbonks, and happy paw taps for your help.

What to Expect with a Bengal Cat

Hello, everypawdy.  The other day, I told you a little about one of the things that makes me an unusual cat.  I am a polydactyl cat.  Now I’m going to tell you about my breed, bengal cats.  Both Jacey and I are bengal cats.  Just like diabetic cats, bengal cats are not for everyone.

All bengal cats are descended from a wild cat, the Asian leopard cat.  The scientific name of the Asian leopard cat is prionailurus bengalensis.  The second half of its scientific name is where our breed name comes from. All bengal cats like me and Jacey are descended from Asian leopard cats

Just like with many humans, we came about as the result of an accident.  Jean Mill purchased a female Asian leopard cat from a pet store in California in 1963.  Mill thought her cat looked lonely, so she put a male domestic cat in the cage.  Well, the cats did what cats will do, and the bengal breed had its start.

Mill decided to propagate the line, because she was concerned about the plight of Asian leopard cats who were purchased by unsuspecting humans.  These humans later gave them up to zoos after the animals showed that they were wild animals when they entered adulthood.  So she wanted to create a breed of cats who would retain the wild look of the Asian leopard cat but also have a domestic cat’s temperament.

Bengal Cats like Jacey and MeShe succeeded, but bengal cats like me and Jacey are still not for everyone.  We are very smart cats, and we can be very demanding.  And we love to talk.  So combine our sometimes demanding personality with our love to vocalize, and you will hear from us a lot.  Our intelligence means we will investigate things, and open drawers, closets, and cabinets.  We are very active cats, too, so be prepared to deal with us running around at all hours of the day and night.

But if you can deal with our personality, we have lots of love to give to you.  I love to hop up next to my human just before his alarm goes off, and give him sandpaper kisses and purr.  Jacey loves to sleep in between his legs, and when she gets tired of that, she will hop into the space between his arm and his body and curl into a little ball there.