Meet Michelangelo — Another Diabetic Cat

Hello to all you pawsome humans.  Today I want to introduce you to a very special furiend of mine.  Michelangelo is another diabetic cat, but there’s a twist.  Most diabetic cats develop the disease when they get older.  I was diagnosed with it when I was seven.

Michelangelo the Diabetic CatMichelangelo is different, because he’s a kitten!  He was rescued by his human at about six weeks of age after his mother moved his two brothers and never came back for him.  You see, Michelangelo was the smallest of the litter, and his mother is a feral cat.  We felines are smarter than you humans give us credit for, and his mother probably figured he wasn’t going to make it.

She had good reason to think this, because he was half the size of his siblings.  Developmentally, he had only progressed to about five weeks, and he had a really nasty case of coccidia which required two rounds of treatment to clear up.  And when Michelangelo’s human rescued him, soon after, the poor guy lost all of his whiskers.  They have grown back, but sometimes, they curl up and fall off.

Michelangelo the Diabetic CatMichelangelo has really progressed.  His human’s friend, who still sees his semi-feral brothers, said that Michelangelo has gone from being the runt of the litter to more than twice his brother’s size.  And since they think he is part Maine coon, he’s going to get even bigger!

Everything looked great for Michelangelo but then he got a urinary tract infection.  When he went to the veterinarian to get checked, they discovered he had a very elevated blood sugar level.  Because he was so young, his human was hopeful that it would clear up, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.  So now his human is treating him for diabetes.

There are very few diabetic kittens, so his human is pretty much writing the book on how to treat this disease.  Event though Michelangelo is a kitten, in some ways, he is just like me.  He gets two insulin shots a day.  His human is on a different treatment plan that I am, so that means the poor guy gets more ear sticks than I do.  But he’s still a playful and fun kitten, and he’s shown his human lots of love.

His human has put together a spreadsheet of Michelangelo’s blood sugar levels.  Hopefully more veterinarians will learn about how to treat diabetic kittens because of his human’s extensive record keeping.

Michelangelo is another diabetic cat who shows that no matter how old we are, for the right human, we are fun, loving and playful creatures who make purrfect pets!

Duke the Bengal Cat Needs Your Help

Diabetic cats are not the only ones that we are looking to help here.  We wanted to help Anakin and Mika, but you humans were so kind that their human didn’t need any more help.  Instead, some of you gave to the rescue group that pulled Mika from the shelter.  Then there was Caviar, who lives with our furiend Coco-Nut and his human.  And we are trying to help Dottie.

I know that I cannot help all the cats out there who need help.  But I want to try to help as many as I can.  That’s why when I heard about the story of Duke, I had to tell you wonderful humans about him.  Duke may not be a diabetic cat, but he is a bengal cat like me and Jacey and we bengals need to stick together.

In 2005, Duke was placed for adoption.  His foster humans said that he was happy and healthy as of 2006, which is when they last heard from the humans who adopted him.

Recently, Duke’s foster humans got some terrible news.  The couple had apparently broken up, and somehow, Duke was left to fend for himself.  We bengal cats are a tough, smart, and adaptable breed.  Duke, despite being an indoor cat, was able to survive on the streets for three years.

But three years on the street took its toll on Duke.  He was very sick, and if not for the microchip which his foster humans put in him, he would have been put down.  He was infested with mites, had open and infected wounds, was malnourished, and suffering from diarrhea.  Duke also has an elevated white blood cell count — no surprise with the infected wounds — and has pancreatitis.

Just like any bengal cat, Duke is tough.  He has started to respond to treatment and while he hasn’t started to gain weight yet, the signs are good.  His skin is starting to heal, complete with fur growing in.

As you can imagine, the bills from the veterinarian to help Duke are tremendous.  That is why the Bengal Rescue Network is asking for donations.  They are happy to take any amount that you can spare so that this bengal cat can return to health and find a home with humans who will truly give him a furever home.

Can you help Duke get a second chance at life?  If you can, please note in your directions that the money is for Duke.  And if you can’t, please share this with as many peole as you can so that someone can help.

Thank you for all you do to help not just diabetic cats like me, but all cats in need!

Happy to Be Cat of the Week for Modern Cat

Yahoo!  You guys did it.  See that picture?  I am the cat of the week for Modern Cat.  A diabetic cat like me, winning the contest?  Yahoo!

Bagheera The Diabetic Cat is Cat of the Week for Modern Cat!I want to thank all of you humans who voted for me and my furiend Coco-Nut the Big Fat Mitten Kitten for helping by spreading the word.

Thanks to you, more humans will learn about diabetic cats like me.  I will help them understand that diabetic cats are more work and require more commitment from their humans, but we are just as loving and fun as any cat without special needs.

And remember, Coco-Nut’s human still needs some help to cover medical expenses for Caviar.  If you can help her like you helped me, I am sure she will be very grateful.Bagheera the Diabetic Cat says vote for Dottie

If you humans have gotten used to voting — and aren’t we all much cuter than the humans you voted for in the election last year in the United States? — then you can keep on voting for another special needs cat, Dottie.  If you remember, Dottie was tortured by some cruel humans but she was adopted by a human named Monica who is taking care of her and who is going to get Dottie fitted with prosthetic legs.  She is trying to raise money for the organization that rescued her.

Also, my human has started to track my blood sugar levels on a spreadsheet you can look at yourself.  If you want to see what goes on with a diabetic cat, you can take a look.

And ask questions about it.  My human wants to help teach more humans like you all about what it is like to have a diabetic cat.  Maybe one of you will be like him, and decide that the extra effort required to take care of a diabetic cat like me is well worth it.

I send you all head bonks, happy meows, and friendly paw taps for being so kind to me.