Tenth Life Cats Helped Checkers Find a Home

Hello, everyone!  You’ll remember that I wrote about Tenth Life Cats and how they have established a physical presence for their operations.  And of course, my good furiend Lincoln, who is a Tenth Life alumni, was there with his bow ties to check out the facilities.  He gave it his paw of approval.

Tenth Life takes in cats who face difficulties far more than what a diabetic cat must deal with.  So it’s always a challenge for these cats to find a furever home, but Tenth Life doesn’t quit trying.

Today, Tenth Life has a great story to tell of a special needs cat named Checkers.  Checkers was taken from a shelter, and when Tenth Life took her in, she was in bad shape.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Happy Checkers has a home!Some cruel human decided that they would tape Checkers to a board and abandon her in the woods.  Naturally, Checkers was shy around humans, because she was worried that she would be abused again.  And if that wasn’t enough, the poor girl had some health and skin issues as well.

But during her foster care, Checkers warmed up to humans and thrived.  When you meet Checkers today, you’d never believe that she was once wary of humans and had been mistreated.

Well, today, this sweet girl found her furever home.  Her new human says that Checkers is very happy, and running all over the house to explore things.  And she loves belly rubs and is hopping up on her human’s lap and chest. That’s a long way away from a cat who didn’t want to trust humans!Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Happy Checkers has a home!

Checkers does have food allergies, and she does require gluten free, all natural products.  But when she eats that food, she is fine.

As a diabetic cat, I always love it when I get to share the story of a special needs cat like me finding humans who want to take them in.  We may require additional care and attention, but we will reward you with lots of love!

Say Hello to Lucky’s Fellow Rescue

Good morning, everyone.  I’ve shared the story about Lucky – A Survivor Kitty.  He is a brave cat who makes the challenges I face as a diabetic cat look like nothing.  In case you haven’t seen what I’ve written about Lucky, he was tortured by an evil human who dumped acid on his neck, rescued by the Homeless Animal Rescue Team, and now is recovering nicely.

Lucky is still at what they call the spa, and his wounds are heBagheera the Diabetic Cat sends healing thoughts to Luckyaling.  There is no word on when he will be released, but he is where he needs to be in order to heal and he is being well taken care of.

But the people at HART didn’t stop with Lucky.  When they went to the shelter to get Lucky, they noticed that there was another poor cat with a neck injury.  The injury to this cat, who they called Fortune, was nowhere near as bad as Lucky’s.  But poor Fortune had to endure being in the shelter for ten full days.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Introduces you to FortuneFortune has a tipped ear.  The shelter interpreted this as meaning she had an owner, and thus, state law required her to be kept in the shelter for ten days.  That’s a long time for a any animal, especially a scared cat, to be in pain.

When the kind humans at HART went to get Lucky, they knew they couldn’t allow this poor girl to suffer there.  So they took Fortune with them as well.  Fortune is a very sweet and loving cat, but she gets overstimulated from all the love and affection her foster human gives her.  As you can imagine, she is very happy that she survived whatever gave her that wound and that she is with an organization that will make sure she finds a good furever home.

Fortune doesn’t know whether her future will include being with Lucky.  But there’s one thing for sure.  Because of the Lucky’s influence, she managed to get out of the shelter.  And so every one of you kind humans who helped with Lucky, whether it was by donating to HART, sharing his story, or just sending healing thoughts, didn’t just save Lucky.

You helped save Fortune.

She sends you purrs and head bonks and this diabetic cat sends you the same for allowing him to be part of it.

The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

I hope that everyone is having a good day so far.  It’s been a while since I wrote about my blood sugar levels.  The biggest challenge a diabetic cat and its human face are keeping blood sugar levels in check.

The non-diabetic blood sugar range for cats typically ranges from 50 to 130.  For diabetic cats, we like to try to keep the blood sugar between 100 and 180. Diabetic Cats don't have to worry too much!

For humans this is way too high, incidentally.  For humans, the threshold where complications start to result from excess blood sugar is generally recognized as 140.  That level for you human is where you start to run into trouble with your pancreas and other organ damage can occur.

Diabetic cats like me can handle a lot more blood sugar.  The renal threshold, which is where excess glucose spills from the kidneys into the urine, is somewhere between 180 and 270.  And 300 is considered the level where diabetic cats will start to really show problems like weakness in our legs.  For cats, who like to jump on things — just ask Jacey — this is a really bad outcome.

My human changed the treatment protocol a little bit, based on a study which was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.  Yes, there is a scientific journal that covers feline medicine.  Pretty cool, huh?

The roller coaster of a diabetic cat's blood sugarLast week, my human increased my dosing according to this protocol.  I am now receiving five units per injection, which I get at twelve hour intervals.  And while I’m not seeing the results I really want, where my blood sugar is between 100 and 200, I’m seeing an average blood sugar reading of 269.  That’s below that 300 number.  I am hopeful that it will get lower soon on this dosing level, but if not, my human will increase the dosing.

What is most interesting is that all of this testing and dosing doesn’t take a lot of time.  It takes my human about ten minutes a day for everything.  So having a diabetic cat like me doesn’t really increase the amount of time you need to spend caring for us.  My human spends so much more time playing with me than he does taking care of my diabetes!