Meet Lincoln the Formerly Quadraplegic Cat

I shared a story about a heartwarming rescue at Tenth Life, which is a group of humans in St. Louis that help special needs cats, including diabetic cats like me.  If that made your big human heart melt, I have another one that makes my feline heart beat a little quicker and makes me give happy meows.

It’s the story of Lincoln (his human calls him Linky).  Lincoln’s story starts on August 25, 201, as a woman in St. Louis found him lying on the sidewalk.  She called Tenth Life and told them she had found a kitten with a broken paw or two.  Tenth Life brought Lincoln into their care that day.

Lincoln is not a Diabetic Cat but he's a very Special One!Tenth Life came to get Lincoln, and they realized that Lincoln had a much worse condition.  He was completely quadriplegic.

His front paws were curled up and stiff and his back legs were stiff and were stuck in an awkward position. The only thing that he could do was lay on his side curled up in a little ball.  The poor guy could barely move his head!

Lincoln’s human fell in love with him and was determined to help him walk again.

They took Lincoln to the veterinarian, and x-rays  showed no broken bones.  When they did a pinch test on his toes, he showed some reaction.  That showed that he had some feeling in his limbs even though he couldn’t move them.  The diagnosis was some kind of spinal or neurological issue, which the veterinarian could not promise would improve with therapy.

But Lincoln’s human did a finger test, and saw that Lincoln was tracking her finger moving back and forth.  He was so determined to touch her finger even though he couldn’t, and she decided right then and there to help him walk.

She started physical therapy that night.  My human has been through it himself, and he calls it pain and torture.  He tells me that it’s a lot worse than the ear sticks and shots I endure.  And he only had to endure it a couple of times a week for an hour or so.  Lincoln did it five times a day!

All of the work of Lincoln and his human paid off just a few days later, when he took his first few steps.

Lincoln has gone from a paralyzed ball of fluff that could only move his head to a active, playful, and fully mobile cat!  His human promised him that he would walk again when she first got him and she was right!

Linky is another special needs cat, whether it’s a diabetic cat like me or one with a much more serious problem, showing that for the right human, we can be loving and fun friends.

Don’t let the label of diabetic cat, or special needs cat, scare you away from us.

Meet Dexter the Therapy Cat

Normally, I share stories about special needs cats.  While I try to highlight diabetic cats like me, I will share the story of any special needs cat so that you humans can learn how even though we present challenges, we are still loving and fun furiends for the right humans.

Everyone knows that there are many health benefits for your humans that come with having a furry friend like me around.  Here are six of them:

  • Lowered risk of allergies and asthma
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Lowered risk of heart attack
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Pets help stimulate ill people to take better care of themselves
  • Having a dog can help humans lose 15 pounds a year.  This is why if my human gets a dog, Jacey and I are not helping him.  He will have to walk the dog by himself!

Dexter is not a diabetic cat, he is a therapy catBut did you know that there are some very special furry friends who can do even more?  They are called therapy animals.  With so many of us felines out there, there are naturally therapy cats.  Therapy cats are used to help stroke victims, reduce blood pressure, lower patient anxiety, increase sensory stimulation, and help children with speech, language, and hearing problems.

Some studies suggest that therapy cats are even better than prescription drugs at reducing blood pressure.  But don’t get a feline friend instead of taking your blood pressure medicine, because I don’t want any of my human friends to get sick.

In order to earn a therapy cat certification, there are a lot of things that need to be done.  I would never pass the tests.  One of the requirements is that we must tolerate being passed to three different humans, and then we have to sit in a strange human’s lap for at least 30 seconds.  I do not like being held, even by my human, and I don’t sit in his lap.  And of course we cannot bite.  Well, I play bite my human, and there’s no way I’d let a stranger hold me and force me to sit in his lap without doing something to defend myself.

Dexter is not a diabetic cat, he is a therapy catThat’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Dexter the Therapy Cat.  Dexter is a certified therapy cat and his human Wendy is his partner.  He is one out of about 200 certified therapy cats in the United States.

You can see him here in a harness helping a human in hospice care.  Imagine having a friendly cat like Dexter come over to ease your mind as you spend your last few days in a hospice.  Of course, Dexter goes to other places to help humans feel better.

I hope you will visit Dexter’s Facebook page and like him.  While Dexter is not a diabetic cat, I am happy to tell my human friends about him so they can learn more about therapy cats.

Meet a Diabetic Cat’s Veterinarian, Part 2

Hello, my human friends.  I hope you are having a good day.  A while ago, I told you about the first veterinarian who took care of this diabetic cat back when we lived in Maryland.  That was when my human was first worried that I was a diabetic cat.  But that turned out to be a false alarm, and when I moved to San Diego with my human in late 2010, everything was fine.

Things didn’t stay that way, though.  I went for my first check with the veterinarian here in San Diego in the summer of 2012.  My human took me to Market Street Vet Clinic, where they had taken a look at my furiend who crossed the rainbow bridge, Pepe.  They helped Pepe make it over when it was time, and they were very nice and kind to my human.  So when it came time for me to get checked, he was very happy to take me to them.Market Street Veterinary Clinic - Where this Diabetic Cat goes

That is where I met Dr. Raffy Dorian, who is the veterinarian who had to break the news to my human that I am a diabetic cat.  Dr. Dorian studied animal science at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo before getting his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of California Davis.  After earning this degree, he went on to earn another one in preventative veterinary medicine.

And Dr. Dorian has a great manner with us felines.  I do not like going to the veterinarian.  I don’t like the offices, and I let all the humans know this is the case.

When I went to see Dr. Dorian, I didn’t struggle or fight much — well, for me.  I let him check my heart rate and look at a lot of things before I finally said I had enough and took a swat at him.  For me, that’s good.

My human and I like the humans who work at Market Street Vet Clinic.  My human even has one of the vet techs come over to give me my insulin shots when he travels.

If you live in San Diego or within driving distance and you are looking for a veterinarian, my human highly recommends this place.  I of course do not recommend any veterinarian because I don’t like going there.  But this diabetic cat can tolerate them and that’s as good of an endorsement as I will give any veterinarian.