Help Diabetic Cat Scooter Find a Home

As a polydactyl cat, I can do something most cats can’t.  I can give you a high five.  And that’s what I’m doing to thank you for reading my blog.  Today I want to introduce you to a fellow diabetic cat who can use help finding a new home.

Scooter the Diabetic CatMeet Scooter.  He’s a rescue cat, and his human adopted him in December of 2011.  His human found Scooter through a classified ad, and took him home.  After a few days, his human, who is named Rylee, noticed that something was not quite right.  Scooter was drinking a lot of water and was constantly going to the litter box.

Rylee wanted to know what was happening with Scooter, so she did some research online and found out about what diabetic cats have to deal with.  She got help from Diabetic Cats in Need and information from the Feline Diabetes Message Board.

For a while, thanks to the care of Rylee and help from Diabetic Cats in Need, Scooter was able to live a happy life.  Rylee said that Scooter was “loving life, lounging in the sun on the windowsill and running around, playing like a kitten again.”

Unfortunately, that didn’t last, as Rylee’s home situation got more stressful and she couldn’t give Scooter the kind of attention a diabetic cat needs.  We are just as loving and playful as any cat, but we do need extra attention from our humans.

Scooter the Diabetic Cat Needs a New HomeNow, Scooter’s human will have to move from British Columbia, which is a challenging transport, to somewhere else in Canada where it will be even more difficult to transport Scooter.

Thus, Scooter needs to find a new home as quickly as he can.  If you don’t have room in your home for this very handsome older cat, please share this so that someone else can help.

If you can help, please contact Celine at Diabetic Cats in Need.

 

Meet Michelangelo — Another Diabetic Cat

Hello to all you pawsome humans.  Today I want to introduce you to a very special furiend of mine.  Michelangelo is another diabetic cat, but there’s a twist.  Most diabetic cats develop the disease when they get older.  I was diagnosed with it when I was seven.

Michelangelo the Diabetic CatMichelangelo is different, because he’s a kitten!  He was rescued by his human at about six weeks of age after his mother moved his two brothers and never came back for him.  You see, Michelangelo was the smallest of the litter, and his mother is a feral cat.  We felines are smarter than you humans give us credit for, and his mother probably figured he wasn’t going to make it.

She had good reason to think this, because he was half the size of his siblings.  Developmentally, he had only progressed to about five weeks, and he had a really nasty case of coccidia which required two rounds of treatment to clear up.  And when Michelangelo’s human rescued him, soon after, the poor guy lost all of his whiskers.  They have grown back, but sometimes, they curl up and fall off.

Michelangelo the Diabetic CatMichelangelo has really progressed.  His human’s friend, who still sees his semi-feral brothers, said that Michelangelo has gone from being the runt of the litter to more than twice his brother’s size.  And since they think he is part Maine coon, he’s going to get even bigger!

Everything looked great for Michelangelo but then he got a urinary tract infection.  When he went to the veterinarian to get checked, they discovered he had a very elevated blood sugar level.  Because he was so young, his human was hopeful that it would clear up, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.  So now his human is treating him for diabetes.

There are very few diabetic kittens, so his human is pretty much writing the book on how to treat this disease.  Event though Michelangelo is a kitten, in some ways, he is just like me.  He gets two insulin shots a day.  His human is on a different treatment plan that I am, so that means the poor guy gets more ear sticks than I do.  But he’s still a playful and fun kitten, and he’s shown his human lots of love.

His human has put together a spreadsheet of Michelangelo’s blood sugar levels.  Hopefully more veterinarians will learn about how to treat diabetic kittens because of his human’s extensive record keeping.

Michelangelo is another diabetic cat who shows that no matter how old we are, for the right human, we are fun, loving and playful creatures who make purrfect pets!

Duke the Bengal Cat Needs Your Help

Diabetic cats are not the only ones that we are looking to help here.  We wanted to help Anakin and Mika, but you humans were so kind that their human didn’t need any more help.  Instead, some of you gave to the rescue group that pulled Mika from the shelter.  Then there was Caviar, who lives with our furiend Coco-Nut and his human.  And we are trying to help Dottie.

I know that I cannot help all the cats out there who need help.  But I want to try to help as many as I can.  That’s why when I heard about the story of Duke, I had to tell you wonderful humans about him.  Duke may not be a diabetic cat, but he is a bengal cat like me and Jacey and we bengals need to stick together.

In 2005, Duke was placed for adoption.  His foster humans said that he was happy and healthy as of 2006, which is when they last heard from the humans who adopted him.

Recently, Duke’s foster humans got some terrible news.  The couple had apparently broken up, and somehow, Duke was left to fend for himself.  We bengal cats are a tough, smart, and adaptable breed.  Duke, despite being an indoor cat, was able to survive on the streets for three years.

But three years on the street took its toll on Duke.  He was very sick, and if not for the microchip which his foster humans put in him, he would have been put down.  He was infested with mites, had open and infected wounds, was malnourished, and suffering from diarrhea.  Duke also has an elevated white blood cell count — no surprise with the infected wounds — and has pancreatitis.

Just like any bengal cat, Duke is tough.  He has started to respond to treatment and while he hasn’t started to gain weight yet, the signs are good.  His skin is starting to heal, complete with fur growing in.

As you can imagine, the bills from the veterinarian to help Duke are tremendous.  That is why the Bengal Rescue Network is asking for donations.  They are happy to take any amount that you can spare so that this bengal cat can return to health and find a home with humans who will truly give him a furever home.

Can you help Duke get a second chance at life?  If you can, please note in your directions that the money is for Duke.  And if you can’t, please share this with as many peole as you can so that someone can help.

Thank you for all you do to help not just diabetic cats like me, but all cats in need!