Two Burned Black and White Cats Have Homes

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Loves Justin's Law!

You remember I told you the story of Justin, who was a tiny one pound kitten when he was set on fire on the streets of Philadelphia.  You may not have heard of another cat in Pensacola named Valiente, who was tortured in the same way.  I am fortunate that even though I’m a diabetic cat, I have a human who cares for me and protects me.  These two did not.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Loves Justin's Law!These two cats saw how cruel and evil humans can be.  Fortunately for them, they saw how kind and caring humans can be as well.  The kindness of humans started for Justin almost immediately after he was set on fire.  A good Samaritan put the fire out.  The Animal Alliance of New Jersey took him in, and the skilled veterinarians at Crown Veterinary Specialists treated him.  He lost his ears due to the attack, but he survived, recovered, and now he has a home.

Justin’s human is named Kelley, and she says she is “very honored – fortunate – privileged [to have adopted Justin]. And I don’t take that lightly.”  His recovery is pretty much complete, according to Kelley.  “He has a beautiful fur coat. It all came back, and it’s as soft as can be.”

Valiente’s torture lasted for longer.  The poor cat was tied with twist ties, and dislocated one of her legs trying to get out of them.  She also had lacerations and burned ears.  The recovery from her injuries took longer, lasting four months.

But just like Justin, Valiente is in her furever home.  And while Justin went to someone who applied to adopt him, Valiente went to one of the kind humans who took care of her starting when she arrived at the Humane Society of Pensacola.

Valiente’s human said “The first day I saw her, it broke my heart.  I told them right away I wanted to take care of her.”  And how this human will get a chance to take care of Valiente.  She’s prepared her home for the feisty and friendly cat.

These two tough cats have endured so much more than this diabetic cat ever has, and they have come through it showing nothing but love.  They have shown they are tougher than the humans who tortured them.  They’re just two of many special needs cats who need a human that can see past their challenges and give them a furever home.

Why Rescue Volunteers are Angels

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to help Michigan Cat Rescue

I have written a lot about the kind humans at many animal rescue groups.  There’s the Homeless Animals Rescue Team, Forgotten Felines of Maine, Texoma Pets Alive, the Animal Alliance of New Jersey, Spots and Stripes Bengal Cat Rescue, and Tenth Life Cats, among others.  And of course, as a diabetic cat, how could I not love the kind humans at Diabetic Cats in Need?

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to help Michigan Cat RescueMany humans do not know what the humans at the rescue organizations like these go through.  The wonderful humans at Michigan Cat Rescue, though, recently wrote a little about what it is all about.

You can find the post on their Facebook page.  It starts off with the human who wrote it talking about how they are up past 1 AM Detroit time, posting on Facebook.  And then, after the post, there’s more work to do.

Michigan Cat Rescue has taken in seven kittens who all have an upper respiratory infection.  So these kittens have to be medicated.  I tolerate the ear sticks and insulin shots that a diabetic cat, just like a diabetic human, needs.  But doing it seven times, even with cats who will tolerate the treatment, is not easy.

Tomorrow morning, they will take eight kittens in to the veterinarian to get physicals, fecal testing, and blood tests for FIV and feline leukemia.

Why do they do this?  Because they love the cats they save so much.  They’re willing to give up a lot in order to help as many of my fellow felines as they can.  There’s never enough time to do the things that need to get done, so something has to give.  Usually, that something is sleep.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to volunteer with animal rescue if you canIf you ask anyone involved in rescue, though, it’s all worth it.  They give up a lot, but what they get is worth far more.  They get to know that they helped save a life.  They can’t save them all, but for the cats they help, their efforts make all the difference.

It makes this diabetic cat very happy that there are humans who care enough to do this.  If you’re one of them, thank you.  If you’re not, would you consider becoming one?

Happy News About Some Good Furiends

One of the things I love to do as a diabetic cat is share the stories of cats like me with special needs.  And there have been four cats that I’ve really focused on.

One of them is my ginger furiend Lucky.  He continues to recover well from his wounds, and the organization that rescued him, the Homeless Animals Rescue Team, won a contest and got a nice grant that will allow it to help more cats like Lucky and Fortune.  I have to commend my ginger buddy on his biscuit making skills!

Be warned.  Get a tissue before you watch this, because you are going to need it.  My human told me he got something in his eye, but I know better.  Just because I am diabetic cat doesn’t mean my brain isn’t working.

Bindy, who was beaten because she got pregnant after the human she was living with didn’t get her fixed, is also recovering.  Remember how she wouldn’t eat on her own and had to be fed with a syringe for a while?  Her foster human from Michigan Cat Rescue says that problem is resolved.  BBagheera the Diabetic Cat's Furiend Bindyut she is still a shy cat and is working on socializing.  Her foster human is very kind and is giving Bindy lots of love and showing lots of patience.

Bindy will go to see an eye specialist on the 19th, and that is a good sign.  Remember, Bindy couldn’t go to the eye specialist until she was in better shape.  And she has kisses to give to you.

Duke, my fellow bengal cat, is also recovering.  Remember, he was very light, and he had an infection.  This beautiful boy was set to be put down and only the microchip saved him.  He is now well on the way to recovery.  His infection is gone, and a vet visit revealed that his intestines are in good shape.  And he has a little game that he plays.  He will pick a toy out of box, set it down, and then walk away.  But then he will turn around and pounce on the toy.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Furiend Justin and JewelFinally, you remember what happened to poor little Justin.  His story is similar to Lucky’s but at least Lucky was a grown cat who could fight back.  Justin was a tiny little kitten weighing less than one pound!  Well, not only is Justin doing much better, but he’s got a new friend.  The Animal Alliance of New Jersey had another lone kitten who needed a home, so they placed that kitten in the same foster home as Justin.

Don’t these two make a very cute pair?

Stories about these special needs cats, even though they are not diabetic cats like me, make me very happy.  Kind humans stepped in to take care of these wonderful creatures, and they have shown that while they may be burned, beaten, or abandoned, there is absolutely nothing wrong with their heart.