An Update on Lucky and Fortune

I am sure you kind humans remember when this diabetic cat told you the story of Lucky, who was tortured by an evil human who dumped acid on him.  Lucky was rescued by the Homeless Animals Rescue Team of Fairfax,  who put out a call for help to fund Lucky’s treatment.  And you were so generous that they were able to rescue another cat with a wound on her neck, Fortune.

Bagheera the diabetic cat has good news on LuckyI am very happy to share good news about both of these cats.  Lucky’s recovery continues to go well.  About a week ago, Lucky had another surgical procedure to help hm heal.  He’s doing well after that surgery.  It was a very intense surgery, but Lucky handled it like the tough cat he is.

Lucky is also getting laser treatments to his skin.  These treatments will help with the scarring and they will also possibly allow fur to grow where there is no fur now.

He’s doing well, but healing is a long and difficult process.  He’ll need at least one more surgery and possibly more.  Lucky can still use your healing thoughts.

Fortune is also doing well. Her wound continues to heal, but not as quickly as the veterinarians at Parkway Veterinary Clinic would like.  So she was taken back to the clinic to have the wound debrided.  Fortune’s foster human is hopeful that her wound will heal in the next few weeks. Bagheera the diabetic cat has good news on Fortune

Unfortunately, the news was not all good for Fortune.  She is FIV positive.  This is the feline equivalent of HIV, and it may be one of the reasons why Fortune’s wounds are healing slowly.

But despite this, Fortune is a loving and kind cat.  She doesn’t get overstimulated anymore, but she does let her human know when it’s time to back off.  If she is in the mood for human attention, she loves to be in her human’s lap, purring away.  Fortune is also a very smart cat.  She managed to pull up the heating vent in her room, and went wandering in the ducts for a while.  So her human had to relocate Fortune.

As a diabetic cat, I can understand the challenges that these two fellow special needs cats face.  But what is nice for you humans is that we are just as loving as cats without special needs.

A Sweet Kitten Rescue Story

I really have to be careful when I share these very sweet stories with you.  As a diabetic cat, I cannot have too much sugar.  So let’s hope that the sweetness of this story doesn’t cause my blood sugar to spike.

In Spartanburg, South Carolina a woman was feeding feral cats and strays, and one of them had kittens recently.  She heard soft meows coming from a small hole in the ground for a few days and realized that one of the kittens was trapped inside that hole.  Not wanting to hurt the kitten, they called Spartanburg Animal Services to ask for help.

They learned that the hole was used by the kitten’s feral mother to go looking for food.  It was easy enough for an adult cat to get in and out of the hole, but the tiny kitten couldn’t.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Congratulates Officer LancasterOfficer Jessica Lancaster was dispatched to the house, and she spent more than an hour digging the cat out of the hole.  You can see this picture of Officer Lancaster with her head buried in the muddy hole, trying to find the kitten.

After working very hard to rescue the trapped kitten, Officer Lancaster was rewarded.  She pulled a tiny little grey and white kitten out of the hole.  They named him Jo-Jo

Jo-Jo was muddy and dirty and obviously very hungry after being stuck in that hole for days.  But he was no worse for wear, and you can see him enjoying a little food after getting out of the hole. Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Is Happy to See Jo-Jo Rescued!

Jo-Jo’s rescue also helped the feral cat colony in the area.  Spartanburg Animal Services is now implementing a trap, neuter, and return program in the area thanks to funding from a grant.  They are also using the publicity generated by a very dedicated Officer Lancaster and a very grateful grey and white kitten to help raise awareness of the program so that other cats can be helped.

I hope that you have enjoyed this story as much as I did.  Like I said, it is something that diabetic cats like me have to be careful with, because it’s so sweet.

Soldier Reunited with Cat

Hello everyone.  Today is Memorial Day in the United States, where I live.  So this diabetic cat wants to share a story about a heartwarming reunion between a human and a four legged furiend.  I have to be careful when I hear sweet stories like this, because I am a diabetic cat and I can’t have too much sugar!

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to Meet KoshkaIt started in Afghanistan.  Staff sergeant Jesse Knott met a feral cat he called Koshka.  Koshka earned his keep by being a good mouser, just like cats have done for you humans since we first wandered into your lives in ancient Egypt.

But despite this, Koshka showed signs of being abused.  From time to time, paint was in Koshka’s fur.  And someone took clippers and shaved Koshka’s back.  Knott was not about to tolerate this, and despite regulations against it, he found room for Koshka in his office.

So just like so many kind humans confronted with an abused cat, Knott saved Koshka.  He never expected Koshka to return the favor.

Unfortunately, a suicide bomber attacked a convoy near the base where Knotts was stationed, and two of his friends were killed in the attack.  Knott was unharmed physically, but mentally, he was depressed.  Not surprisingly, he was crying over the loss of his friends in his office.

Koshka noticed this.  Koshka “locked eyes with me, reached out with his paw and pressed it to my lips, then climbed down into my lap curled up and shared the moment with me,” Knott said.  This is when he decided that Koshka was coming with him to the United States.

Knott was unable to get Koshka on a military convoy, so he needed help.  And he got it from an Afghan interpreter, who took tremendous risk in helping.  Militants who encounter Afghans helping Americans often kill them.  And the interpreter was with “a cat with a purple collar and an American-brand cat carrier, going halfway across Afghanistan, going across God knows how many Taliban checkpoints.”

He made it to Kabul, and Knott’s parents paid the $3,000 to get Koshka to the United States.

This diabetic cat wants to thank Knott for his service and is glad that Knott was able to reunite with his feline furiend.