An Update on Freida the Throw Away Kitty

You will remember that I told you the sad story about Freida, who was abandoned in a ditch.  She was fortunately rescued and taken in by Forgotten Felines of Maine.  Poor Freida was in sad shape when she was taken in.  And while she’s not a diabetic cat like me, I considered her to be a fellow special needs cat.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Is Happy Freida is Doing BetterI am always happy when the condition of a special needs cat improves.  That is definitely the case for Freida.  She is doing much better.  And she is serving as a great ambassador for Forgotten Felines of Maine.  Because of her, donations came in.  These donations, which included food, supplies, and other gifts, have allowed Forgotten Felines of Maine to care for many other cats beyond Freida.

She is still fighting various medical conditions, and her weepy eyes are not just because she is so happy that she has humans who care about her.  It appears that they are a result of her infections.  At one test, her white blood cell level was extremely elevated.  Normal cats have a white blood cell level of between 5,500 and 19,500.  Freida’s was at 36,000.

But despite all of this, Freida is doing a great job as both a happy and playful kitten and as a spokesfeline for Forgotten Felines.  She will be appearing at the Blue Hill Fair in Maine.  If you are close to there, you should go and visit this girl, who Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Loves Freida's Recoveryrefused to let her horrible start to life keep her from enjoying life.

You have to love that Forgotten Felines is focused mainly on Freida’s health.  She will only be allowed out of her cage for an hour, and they will do it three times per day.  This is to ensure that she will not get tired or stressed.  And she will always be monitored by one of the volunteers, to make sure she’s well taken care of.

If you are in Maine, and get a chance to say hello to Freida, please give her a happy paw tap and head bonk for me.  She and Treasure are proof that we felines are not to be thrown away.  This diabetic cat is happy that Freida, a special needs cat like me, has humans who will love and take care of her!

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?

Freida Survives Being Dumped In a Ditch

Like many of the stories I share with you, today’s story starts out sadly but has a happy ending.  Say hello to my fellow feline Freida, who is another special needs cat.  It is easy to say that I am a diabetic cat, but Freida’s condition is much more difficult to say.  I have a hard time wrapping my feline brain around it, and my human isn’t much better.

Freida is suffering from multifocal portal venule hypoplasia and arteriolar hyperplasia (reduplication) as well as mild bile ductular hyperplasia.  I know I have a few veterinarians who read my posts, and they might know what that means.  But to make it easy for my other readers, what that means is Freida’s liver is not functioning properly and her gall bladder is much, much larger than it should be.

Now imagine dealing with that condition and being tossed in a ditch to die.  That is what happened to poor Freida, but a kind human saw the tiny little kitten, who was malnourished, covered in fecal matter, and whose fur was severely matted.  He called his friend who runs a cat boarding facility, and Freida was taken in by Forgotten Felines of Maine.  Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is glad Forgotten Felines helped this kitten

Forgotten Felines knew that Freida needed care, so they sent her to Bayview Animal Hospital.  The veterinarians and staff at Bayview fell in love with Freida, and they started treatment right away.  She was in such bad shape that just shaving the mats off her took more than two hours.

Freida is still sick.  But she is recovering, and the wonderful humans at Forgotten Felines and Bayview put little sweaters on Freida to keep her warm.  She is eating and gaining weight.  And she loves to return the affection of the humans who took in a tiny little kitten who was left to die.Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to meet Freida!

If you would like to learn more about this little kitten who refused to die and who was rescued by kind humans and given a second chance on life, visit Freida’s Facebook page.  She is another example of how a special needs cat — whether they’re a diabetic cat like me or suffering from another condition — have lots of love to give to the right human.