Bengal cats like Jacey, Marley, and I are not your typical house cat. We are intelligent, active, athletic, and inquisitive. But even with these characteristics, sometimes, we need help from the humans in white coats. My good furiends Belinda’s Cats shared the story of Dougal with me and I am passing it along to you.
You see, Dougal showed classic signs of diabetes. He was drinking a lot of water, and when he went to the litter box, a lot more liquid waste than normal came out. He went to the humans in white coats, and they saw that his blood sugar level was high. Dougal started to get two shots of insulin a day.
Unfortunately for my fellow bengal cat, the insulin did not get his blood sugar under control. The humans in white coats did further testing, and they discovered that Dougal had a tumor. Additional tests at the Royal Veterinary College revealed that Dougal was suffering from acromegaly.
To help Dougal fight his disease, the humans in white coats presented three options. One of the options was pioneering surgery that would remove the tumor and the gland it affected. The surgery was not without risks, as there was a 25 percent chance of Dougal dying on the operating table.
His humans thought long and hard about how to treat Dougal’s condition. In the end, they decided to go ahead with the surgery.
But there was another complication that Dougal encountered before his surgery. He and his brofur Harnish came down with gastroenteritis and it was uncertain whether he would recover before the date of his surgery. Dougal won this race, getting the okay to proceed from the humans in white coats just four days before he was scheduled to go to the clinic.
Dougal went into the clinic several days before his surgery to get used to his surroundings. On the day of the surgery, his humans were very nervous and waited very impatiently for news. They got good news. Dougal had gotten through the surgery like a proud bengal cat would.
Next up were seven days of intensive care. Two weeks after Dougal’s surgery, he went home to his humans. If he is anything like me, when he saw his humans, he started to talk to them very loudly!
Dougal now has to endure not just the insulin shots but also many medications, and he will take these for the rest of his life. But he is a brave and tough bengal cat to have come through all of the challenges he has faced thus far. I have no doubt Dougal and his family will be very happy together for a long time to come!