Save Diabetic Cat Missy from Death

Sweet diabetic cat Missy has less than a week to live.  Missy’s human father is moving into a new house with her step-mom on March 13, and unfortunately, Missy’s step mom is severely allergic to cats.  The poor humans really want to make it work but the allergies are just too much.

Missy the Diabetic CatMissy has a brother who has been adopted, but the challenges of a diabetic cat have made it impossible for Missy to find a new home.

Missy has been with her human for nine years, and she is 11 years old.  She is very sweet, and has always been an indoor cat.  She isn’t up to date on her shots, but when she is adopted, that will be taken care of.

I am jealous of Missy’s blood sugar readings.  She gets two units of Prozinc per dose, and her blood sugar levels are in the high double digits to the low 100s.  She is being fed Hills prescription dry food and she is very enthusiastic about eating it.  Missy is a good candidate to go off insulin at some point, with a low carbohydrate diet.  And this diabetic cat is not used to home testing, so it’s something that she’ll have to be eased into.

Not surprisingly, as a senior cat, diabetes isn’t Missy’s only health problem.  She has tartar and gingivitis.  She was initially diagnosed as a diabetic cat because she went outside the litter box, and she was treated for a urinary tract infection.

This sweet girl also had a cyst removed from her tail.  It was lanced and drained, and then an antibiotic shot was administered as a precaution.  The vet’s records warn that it may come back, and that may require amputation of the tail due to the size of the cyst.

Adopt Sweet Diabetic Cat Missy!Missy’s human says that this sweet diabetic cat isn’t a lap cat, but she seeks affection.  Don’t give this girl a bath, because that is when she will show you her claws.  I am a bengal cat, and like water more than most cats.  But if my human, who I love, ever tried to give me a bath, well, let’s just say he’d have to make sure he wasn’t testing human blood when he gives me ear sticks for a while.

Can you commute this sweet cat’s death sentence?  Because that’s what’s in store for her if she doesn’t find a home by March 13.  If you can, please contact Venita at Diabetic Cats in Need.

And if you can’t, please share this story so that hopefully, someone who can help her does.

Another Polydactyl Cat Needs Your Help

If you are a fan of mine on Facebook, you probably know about Coco-Nut the Big Fat Mitten Kitten.  His human Kelli sure seems to have a thing for polydactyl cats.  Coco-Nut is a polydactyl cat just like me.  And Kelli is loved by another one, Caviar.

Kelli used to volunteer at a cat shelter, and she was what’s called a cat pusher.  She would pick one cat, and make sure that everyone who came in looking for a cat knew about that one until someone gave that cat a furever home.  One day, Kelli was looking at the cats who were scheduled to be put down and she saw a black polydactyl cat.

Caviar is a polydactyl cat who can use your helpThis poor four month old kitten had spent most of her life (3 months) in a cage.  Nobody wanted to adopt her because of the foolish lies told about black cats and because stupid humans thought polydactyl cats have something wrong with them.

Kelli decided to adopt this sweet girl, who she named Caviar, that same day.  The first thing she had done was having a toe that didn’t have any bones in it removed because it was a potential health hazard.  So now Caviar has six toes on each front paw and five toes on each hind leg.

Caviar is a smart cat.  She knew Kelli saved her.  So she follows Kelli around, and she talks to Kelli a lot.  She makes Coco-Nut, who’s very talkative, seem quiet.  And for three years, Caviar has been a very playful, fun, and happy cat.

Unfortunately, about a week ago, Caviar stopped eating and became very lethargic.  Kelli knew something was wrong, and took her to the veterinarian right away.  Poor Caviar was diagnosed with hepatic lipidosis.  Fortunately, Caviar was treated right away, and the recovery rate for cats who are treated quickly is 90 percent.  Caviar had a feeding tube inserted, and is being fed and hydrated through that tube.  It can take as long as a week for a cat to recover from this disease.

The only downside is that treatment is very expensive.  Caviar’s treatment has already cost $1,820 and it will get even bigger because of the needed extended stay at the hospital.

Kelli will make sure that Caviar pulls through, but she could use some help.  If you’d like to help out, please donate what you can or share this story so that someone can help.

I hope that you wonderful humans can help another polydactyl cat with big veterinary bills.

A Diabetic Cat’s Veterinarians: Part One

I have had three veterinarians in the eight years I’ve been alive.  You would think a diabetic cat would have more!

Today I will tell you about the first veterinarian that my human took me to.  She is the one who did the most work on me.  The other veterinarians in my life have examined me and diagnosed me as a diabetic cat, but my human does most of the work.

My human was living in Maryland at the time, and he received good care for his other cat, who became my furiend, Pepe at the Gaithersburg Veterinary ClinThe First Veterinary Clinic for Bagheera the Diabetic Catic. So naturally, he took me there.  In the county where I used to live, even indoor cats like me needed to get certain vaccinations.  So he took me there to get them.

That is where I got my first experience with the owner of the practice, Dr. Bonnie Hileman.  She was a native of the area, and returned there to set up her practice.  She was very good at handling me, and my human insisted on working with her.

When I became a little older, he took me in to get fixed.  I am still unhappy about getting that surgery, and I remind my human that I know where his are by stepping on them when he is lying down or sitting.  He thinks I just step there accidentally, but I’m smarter than he gives me credit for.

I also had surgery there to remove my front dew claws.  My human didn’t believe in removing any cat’s claws, but this was different.  My dew claws kept getting ingrown into my paw pads.  So after discussing it with Dr. Hileman, he decided to have only the dew claws removed.  He left me there overnight, and came to pick me up the next day.

My human knew for sure I was his kind of cat when I got home.  I attacked the scratching post like I normally would, but because I just had the surgery, one of my paws started to bleed.

I just stopped, licked my paw, and went back to scratching.  This is something my human loved seeing.  He played hockey for decades and he’s got the same attitude.

This is also the veterinary clinic where my human got his first inkling of me possibly being a diabetic cat.  One of the my blood tests came back with elevated blood sugar levels.  But a more extensive examination showed that I wasn’t a diabetic cat, so my human was happy and thought that was it.  If only that was true.

I don’t live in the area anymore but I have fond memories of that clinic.  If you live in the area, I definitely recommend them.