Happy My Human is Around, But…

Today is one of the days where my human is around a lot.  Both Jacey and I love him, but there are some things that he does that drive us nuts.  Jacey likes to open drawers and cabinets, and when he is not around to tell her no, she does it as she pleases.  Bagheera the Diabetic Cat sees Jacey do this a lotBut when he is here, he will tell her to stop, and she does.  She doesn’t like it, but she does it out of respect for him.

And for a diabetic cat, when the human is around, it means lots of ear sticks.  This is so he can get a better feel for what my blood sugar is doing.  I got an ear stick first thing in the morning with my morning food and before my morning shot, but that is something I expect.

Then my human went back to sleep for a while, so I was left alone and wandered around the house.  It has been relatively cool, so my human opened the window and I sat by it so I could smell the outside air and watch what was going on.

He woke up, and used that noisy machine that makes some kind of brown liquid from these beans that it grinds.  I do not like that machine because it is noisy, but I tolerate it because my human tells me he needs it.  And just when my annoyance from that loud machine went away, he gave me another ear stick.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's human helps grow food like thisWell, then the human went to volunteer at an urban farm, and he came back smelling bad.  Jacey and I do like to smell the neighborhood on him, but not like that.  He did bring some noms back, but he told us that they are for humans, not us felines.  At least he let us out on the balcony so we could nibble on the catnip, but guess what I got?  Another ear stick.

Such is the dilemma of a diabetic cat.  Having my human around means that Jacey cannot be as playful as she likes to be, which means she does not have as much fun.  But at least she doesn’t have to deal with the ear sticks because she is not a diabetic cat.

My human has made this tolerable, though, with some noms and lots of pats on the head.  So I guess I will keep him around.

Keep These Household Items Away From Cats

Good morning, kind humans.  Today is one of the days where my human will be around quite a bit.  For diabetic cats like me, that is a mixed blessing.  It is nice to have my human around and play, but it also means I have to endure lots of ear sticks so that he can see what my blood sugar does throughout the day.  But I know he does it because he loves me, so I tolerate it.What Bagheera the Diabetic Cat will have to endure today

But unlike blood sticks, there are many things that humans have around the house which can kill cats.  And he has to be extra careful, because a diabetic cat, any kind of health threat is added to the diabetes, so it’s even more risky.

My furiends at Catster had a veterinarian come up with a list of things many houses have which can hurt us.  It’s best to not have these things in your home, but if you do have them, make sure we can’t get to them:

  • Lilies and sago palms.  My human tells me there is a plant called the deadly nightshade.  And there are two plants that many humans have which are just as deadly for us cats.  The lily is so poisonous that even getting the Bagheera the Diabetic Cat says don't let your cat do thispollen on our paws and licking them clean later can kill us.  And the sago palm can cause liver failure in cats.
  • Yarn.  Yes, we have all seen pictures of cats playing with yarn.  And it’s cute, but what happens is that sometimes, we will eat the yarn.  Getting that yarn, which will clog up our stomach, out, requires surgery that is not so cute.  We won’t even go into the needle that accompanies the yarn or thread in many cases.
  • Hair scrunchies and rubber bands.  These can cause the same problem.  And my human didn’t realize that this was a potential problem until he read the article.  He used these to play with Jacey and me all the time, but not anymore!
  • Ear plugs.  This may be a surprise, but we felines like the smell of your ear wax.  So we will play with these, and possible eat them.  The same thing that can happen with yarn and rubber bands can happen with these.
  • Cleaning agents.  Yes, you humans need these.  You need to keep the house clean.  But drinking these or nibbling on these can kill us.  So make sure you keep these in a secured place.  A locked cabinet is best.

If you keep these things away from your cats, especially if they have a medical condition like this diabetic cat, it’s likely they will live long and happy lives.  And you’ll spare yourself the expense and worries of emergency veterinary surgery.