Lucky’s Recovery Stays on Right Track

My ginger furiend Lucky continues to recover, and this time, it’s not just from his wounds.  This diabetic cat faces challenges, but nothing compared to what Lucky has dealt with.  I never had to deal with the burns from being doused with acid.

But Lucky, instead of letting the cruel and evil human who tortured him crush his spirit, showed that he’s not just a loving and sweet cat, but he’s a tough cat as well.  And because of this, he has become a feline model for the wonderful humans at the Homeless Animals Rescue Team.

Lucky’s week started off with a visit to the Fox affiliate in Washington DC, where he amazed the host.  Not a bad way to kick off the week, even though his companion cat managed to steal some of the limelight.

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You can also see a tiny little kitten named Boston here, who kind of looks like what I did when I was what my human called a tiny little mitten kitten.  He had no idea I would grow so big and he didn’t have any clue that there were diabetic cats!

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to support LuckyLucky also has some great news to share about what you kind humans did to help the organization that rescued him, HART, win more money to help other animals that need help.  HART participated in the 24 hours of giving through the United Way.  Thanks to many kind humans, they were able to turn $7,500 in contributions into another $5,000 in a matching grant.  In the end, they were able to raise more than $13,000 in funds.

Not a bad day for a wonderful ginger kitty, is it?  And Lucky has a gift for you because you were so generous.

Whether they are diabetic cats like me, or a cat like Lucky who has to recover from injuries due to cruelty, special needs cats have a lot of love to give to the right human.  If you are that right human, please seek us out when it’s time to adopt.

What’s Behind Sandpaper Kisses?

You have seen me talk about giving my human sandpaper kisses.  Now, some of you may say it is because he is a sweet human to take care of a diabetic cat like me.  But remember, diabetic cats need to avoid sugar, so that’s not the reason.

A Cat Like Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Loving His HumanThere is something behind cats licking humans, though.  It is a sign that we like the human we are licking and that we feel very comfortable around them.

So what’s behind these sandpaper kisses?  Well, a nice article in Catster lays it out.  There are seven things that you humans with cats should know:

  • Licking by cats is a method of social bonding.  Kittens like to lick each other, and adult cats who are not related but like each other groom each other as well.  Jacey and I like each other, so we lick each other.  She helps me groom the places I can’t reach, and I do the same for her.  You humans are not the only creatures that like to reciprocate.
  • When we lick a human, it means we feel completely safe around them.  Consider it a huge compliment!Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Tongue Looks Just Like This
  • Wonder why our tongues feel like sandpaper?  It’s because we have barbs that are made out of the same material as our claws.  We use these to groom ourselves, and when we do it for you, we do it to help you stay clean.
  • If you don’t like being licked, distract us.  My human doesn’t mind the sandpaper kisses.  But he is much more tolerant of my behavior than many humans are of their feline’s behavior.  If being licked bothers you, use a toy to distract us.
  • Use interactive play to keep us from wanting to lick you in the first place.  If you play with us, it will strengthen our bond.  Then we won’t feel compelled to lick you to bond with you.
  • Be patient with us if you want us to stop licking you.  Just like anything else, we cats need time to adapt.  When I was first diagnosed as a diabetic cat, I would try to get away from my human when it was time for my blood test.  Now I don’t fuss too much.  The same thing goes for stopping us from licking you.
  • Sometimes licking indicates anxiety.  If we lick ourselves to the point where we start to remove our fur, or lick you to the point where we rub your skin raw, we may be stressed.  Find out why

But the most important thing for you humans to remember is that we will only lick you if we like you.  In fact, even when I was struggling to avoid blood tests as a newly diagnosed diabetic cat, I would lick my human afterwards to show him there were no hard feelings.

Lucky’s Furiend Fortune Wants a Furever Home

I hope that all of you kind humans are having a good day.  As you know by now, I don’t just share stories about diabetic cats, but of all special needs cats.

I am sure you are all familiar with Lucky‘s story.  He continues to recover, and he is not yet ready for a furever home.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants Fortune to Find a Furever HomeBut because of your kindness, the wonderful humans at the Homeless Animals Rescue Team were also able to rescue another cat at the shelter where they found Lucky.  And this sweet girl, named Fortune, is now ready for a furever home.

Fortune had been at the shelter even longer than poor Lucky.  She, too, had a wound on her neck, and she also was stuck in the shelter until HART rescued her.

She is now completely healed and ready for a furever home.  And she’s a very smart and loving cat.  She managed to pull up the heating vent in the room where she was kept and went for a stroll through the ducts!Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants Fortune to Find a Furever Home

Fortune doesn’t get overstimulated anymore, but she will let you know when her limits are reached.  She is a total lap cat and a purring machine.

But there is one thing that makes her a special needs cat like me.  And while we are both grey cats, she is not a diabetic cat.  Her condition is worse than mine.  Fortune is FIV positive.

You may think that because of this disease, Fortune cannot go to a home with other cats.  That’s not necessarily true, as FIV can only be spread through deep wounds and scuffles between cats in a home do not usually result in these.

If you are interested in adopting this wonderful girl who just needs a special human to open their heart to a special needs cat, please submit an application to HART.

As a diabetic cat, I am a special needs cat.  I promise you that my fellow special needs cat Fortune will be a loving addition to your home.

What better way to celebrate adopt a shelter cat month than adopting Fortune or another special needs cat?