Make Sure You Have Emergency Plan for Pets

Hello, everyone!  I hope you are having a good day.  I am sure you all know about the tornado in Oklahoma that destroyed so many homes.  This reminded me, as a diabetic cat who needs his insulin, that you humans have to have a plan for emergencies that includes us four legged members of your family.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to take the Humane Society's adviceThe Humane Society has a guide to keeping your four legged family members safe in case of a tornado.  Much of what they tell you to do can apply to places that do not have tornadoes.  For example, where I live in San Diego, it is extremely unlikely that there will be a tornado.  Between 1956 and 2007, there were only 27 of them reported.

However, we do have other natural disasters.  For example, there were wildfires in 2007 that required the evacuation of half a million humans.  Of course, they needed to take their four legged family members with them.

So that you are prepared if you need to evacuate quickly, the Humane Society recommends that you do the following things:

  • Keep emergency pet supplies in a safe place
  • Make sure your pets have identification with them that is up to date aBagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to have an Emergency Kitt all times.  Microchips are the best way to make sure we do not lose our identification, especially in emergency situations.
  • If you are required to evacuate, make sure you take us with you.  And make sure that any emergency shelters you have are pet friendly.
  • When you return to your home, make sure you take special precautions.  We are used to your house being a certain way.  In a disaster, it is likely it will not be that way anymore.  Even when you get back to your home, do not let us out of our carriers or off our leashes because if your home is damaged, we can get lost

For a diabetic cat like me, it’s even more important to have an emergency plan.  I need to get my insulin or I will get very sick.  So my human knows if there is an earthquake, he needs to grab the insulin and needles in order to make sure I get my medicine if he has to evacuate.

This will make recovering from a disaster a little easier.  After all, we do help you humans stay calm and reduce stress for you.

African Jungle Cat Hybrid Simba Needs Help

Remember how I told you the story of Simba, who is 75 percent African jungle cat?  He still needs our help.  Diabetic cats like me require a little extra attention, but we are domestic cats and we do not act like early generation hybrids like Simba do.

The proof of this occurred when Spots and Stripes Bengal Cat Rescue, where Simba is receiving lots of love, had a surprise visit due to completely false reports of animal neglect.  Because of the report, the local animal control officials had to visit Spots and Stripes and examine all of the animals.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Says Leave Exotics in the Zoo!The result was Simba acting like this, even after the human he didn’t know left.  And this was towards the human who is taking care of him, who he had started to trust.  He was in full defensive mode, refusing to eat, and extremely upset.

Spots and Stripes is seeking donations to pay for an enclosure for Simba.  For a few more days, any donations for the enclosure will be matched.  The enclosure will cost $1,850, and it will allow Simba to have a home where he can enjoy himself and where Spots and Stripes can continue to work with him.

Now, you may think, an enclosure?  How cruel for such a beautiful creature.  That’s not true.  The enclosure is really the only way that Simba will be able to live with Spots and Stripes because he is so much larger than the other cats that he can do some serious damage.  I am a large cat.  One of the reasons I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat is because I dropped down to 12 pounds.  I am now up to 18 pounds.  But Simba dwarfs even me! Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Glad to See Simba in a Better Mood

This is Simba in a better mood.  Would you like to see him in this mood all the time?  You can help do this by donating for his enclosure.  Whether it’s $1, $10, or $100, your donation will help Simba have a happier life.

Can you show Simba just a little of the love you’ve shown this diabetic cat?  Please donate if you can.  If you can’t donate, please share this so that others can.

Justin Brings Out Best in Humans

Being a diabetic cat is not easy, but I know I have a human who loves me and will care for and protect me.  Unfortunately, not all of my feline friends have the same.  Poor Justin, a four week old kitten who only weighed one pound at the time, did not have this.  And an evil human took advantage of this to torture the poor kitten.

Justin was found burning in the middle of an intersection in Philadelphia.  Right after the evil, cruel deed, though, the good deeds from humans started.

A kind human put a coat on Justin to smother the flames, saving the poor kitten’s life.  He was taken to Crown Veterinary Specialists, where he was treated for his injuries.  And they were horrible.  He suffered second and third degree burns on his back and head.  These burns forced the veterinarians to remove most of his ears.  His back has bald splotches, and he bears the scars of his torture.

Justin’s story spread very far and wide.  Humans from everywhere wanted to help this poor kitten.  Justin’s medical expenses were paid for by donations that totaled $20,000, coming as far away as the other side of the planet in New Zealand.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Wants you to Meet JustinJust my furiend Lucky, Justin will have no problem finding a human to give him a furever home with lots of love.  More than 100 applications to adopt Justin have flooded Animal Alliance, which is the organization that took in Justin and got him the attention he needed.

This adorable kitten has doubled his weight since the attack, and he is recovering from the last of his surgeries.  He had the last part of his burnt ears removed.  Wounds on his back were closed, and the scarring tissue from the burns on his back was treated for the last time.

The human who runs Animal Alliance said it best.  The evil done to Justin is very sad, but then when you see the heartwarming response to the torture, it restores your faith in humanity.

This diabetic cat is honored to share a species name with a tough little kitten like Justin.