Meet a Diabetic Cat’s Veterinarian, Part 2

Hello, my human friends.  I hope you are having a good day.  A while ago, I told you about the first veterinarian who took care of this diabetic cat back when we lived in Maryland.  That was when my human was first worried that I was a diabetic cat.  But that turned out to be a false alarm, and when I moved to San Diego with my human in late 2010, everything was fine.

Things didn’t stay that way, though.  I went for my first check with the veterinarian here in San Diego in the summer of 2012.  My human took me to Market Street Vet Clinic, where they had taken a look at my furiend who crossed the rainbow bridge, Pepe.  They helped Pepe make it over when it was time, and they were very nice and kind to my human.  So when it came time for me to get checked, he was very happy to take me to them.Market Street Veterinary Clinic - Where this Diabetic Cat goes

That is where I met Dr. Raffy Dorian, who is the veterinarian who had to break the news to my human that I am a diabetic cat.  Dr. Dorian studied animal science at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo before getting his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of California Davis.  After earning this degree, he went on to earn another one in preventative veterinary medicine.

And Dr. Dorian has a great manner with us felines.  I do not like going to the veterinarian.  I don’t like the offices, and I let all the humans know this is the case.

When I went to see Dr. Dorian, I didn’t struggle or fight much — well, for me.  I let him check my heart rate and look at a lot of things before I finally said I had enough and took a swat at him.  For me, that’s good.

My human and I like the humans who work at Market Street Vet Clinic.  My human even has one of the vet techs come over to give me my insulin shots when he travels.

If you live in San Diego or within driving distance and you are looking for a veterinarian, my human highly recommends this place.  I of course do not recommend any veterinarian because I don’t like going there.  But this diabetic cat can tolerate them and that’s as good of an endorsement as I will give any veterinarian.

A Heartwarming Rescue Story

We are furiends of Tenth Life Cat Rescue, based in St. Louis.  I like to highlight not just diabetic cats like me, but other special needs cats so you humans can learn about how we may have special needs but we are still great furry friends.  Just like my human, Tenth Life wants everyone to know that just because a cat has special needs or is a little different, it doesn’t mean he won’t have a happy life.

Today, Tenth Life shared a heartwarming story.  It made my little feline heart just about melt.  Hopefully it will do the same for your big human hearts.

Chaos is a Wonderful Feline MotherMeet Chaos.  She was rescued by Tenth Life, along with her three six day old babies.  And two of her babies are polydactyls just like me!

Chaos has been at Tenth Life for about a week, carefully raising her kittens.  She has been a good mother, and her kittens are being well taken care of.

Today, Tenth Life got a horrible call.  A woman found a dead cat in her yard, which is bad.  But about a day later, she heard some sad meowing from under her porch.  The dead cat was the mother of a litter of six, and they were helpless without their mother.

The humans at Tenth Life weren’t going to let those poor kittens starve.  So they brought the kittens in, and since they were about the same age, they decided to see if Chaos would raise them as her own.  They put the box near Chaos, ready to keep the kittens safe in case Chaos rejected them.

What happened brought them to tears.  Chaos heard their sad meowing, and looked into the box, very concerned about what was happening.  Tenth Life volunteers put one of the kittens near Chaos, and Chaos scruffed that kitten and put it by her own.  She did that with another one.  Since those two kittens were hungry, Chaos fed them.

Not a Diabetic Cat but a Wonderful Feline MotherBut there were four other hungry kittens, and Chaos couldn’t get to them because she was feeding the two.  So the volunteers took the other four to Chaos.  Chaos quickly accepted the others, and cleaned and fed all of them.  After taking care of NINE kittens, Chaos was exhausted, but very pleased at what she had done.

In order to not exhaust poor Chaos, some of the kittens were taken to other foster homes where they will be bottle fed.

But the amazing maternal instinct of Chaos brought tears to the eyes of the volunteers.

It’s amazing what the love of a feline like Chaos can mean.  You don’t have to be a diabetic cat or other special needs cat to know this.

Meet Tango, A Cat With Cerebral Palsy

Hi, my human friends!  I like to highlight diabetic cats, but I also write about other special needs cats.  Today I want to tell you about my furiend Tango.  Like me, Tango’s special need is something you can’t see on the outside.  It’s something that’s wrong on the inside.  He has a disease like what you humans call cerebral palsy.

Tango’s problem is that his brain sometimes doesn’t communicate with the nerves in his legs and his eyes, so he will have instances where he can’t walk and his eyes don’t see.  But most of the time, things work well and he can move around and see just fine.

Because of this disease, some cruel humans dumped him in a garbage can.  What kind of human does that, dumping a helpless kitten into a garbage can?  But some kind humans at a veterinarian’s office took him in, and bottle raised Tango.

Not a Diabetic Cat, but a handsome special needs oneTango was doing pretty well despite his limitations, and the veterinarian’s office had Tango sit up front to greet the creatures who walked on both two and four legs when they came to visit the office.  That was great, as it allowed the office to show off the cat they rescued and the humans bringing in their four legged creatures got to pay some attention to Tango.

Unfortunately, things had to change when Tango was attacked by a dog who was hurt.  Poor Tango was nursed back to health by the veterinarians one more time, but they knew they couldn’t keep him.  So they turned him over to the nice humans at SaveTheAnimalsToday.org.

Tango has lived there for almost four years, and he is the king of what they call the Catio.  He is one of the smaller animals they have rescued, since they take care of a lot of horses!

A diabetic cat like me is similar to Tango in that you humans can’t see the medical issues we have.  But regardless of whether you can see them, they can be treated.  And just like me and Tango, cats with special needs, whether they are diabetic cats or have cerebral palsy, can be loving and fun furiends for the right humans.