Update on My Fellow Bengal Cat Duke

You may remember that I told you the story a few days ago about Duke, my fellow bengal cat who was adopted in 2006, but ended up living as a street cat for three years.  As tough and adaptable as we bengal cats are, that’s not a good situation for any cat, much less one who grew up indoors. So poor Duke got very sick.  In fact, if he didn’t have a chip that led the shelter to the human who fostered Duke, he would have been put down as soon as a veterinarian was available.

But thanks to that microchip, Duke is alive today and with a human who loves him.  He is doing much better.  His human says that he is starting to get much more vocal, now that he knows he is safe among humans who will take care of him.  And he is wolfing down his food — no surprise for a cat who lost half his body weight!

Duke the Bengal Cat In His Kitty Condo HammockAnd Duke is gaining some strength, too.  His human said that he discovered the hammock at the top of his kitty condo, which required Duke to do some climbing.  As soon as Duke discovered this hammock, he had a look on his face that showed he was so happy to have it.  If that look wasn’t enough, his purring and rolling around on the hammock sure did.

One way you humans can tell if we are doing okay or not is by looking at the things you toss as soon as you discover them in the litter box.  When Duke was sick, those were runny and soft.  Now, he’s got fully formed ones.  This is a good sign that he’s recovering.

Duke is also starting to grow fur back in where he had bare skin.  This is another good sign.

All in all, it looks like my fellow bengal cat Duke will recover and do well.  That makes me very happy, because we bengal cats need to stick together!

If you’d like to help Duke’s human with the bills from the veterinarian, please donate to the Bengal Rescue Network.

Thanks to all you wonderful humans for caring about my fellow bengal cat!

Say Hello to Diabetic Cat Smog

I hope you humans are having a good day.  Today I want to introduce you to another diabetic cat.  His name is Smog.

Smog the Diabetic CatSmog has his own Facebook page, just like me, and you’ll find pictures of him.  Just like me, Smog’s human has to deal with the challenges that caring for a diabetic cat presents.  And if you ask either of our humans, they will tell you that those challenges are well worth it because we are as loving and playful as any cat!

Smog started his life with his humans after they adopted him from the Bath Cat and Dogs Home.  His human’s parents were very kind, rescuing three kittens from that home, and one of them was Smog.

Like most kittens, Smog was a ravenous guy.  And he grew into a very big boy with the appetite to match.  His human says he ate just about anything.

About two years ago, his human noticed something wasn’t quite right.  Smog started drinking a lot of water, and he started becoming lethargic.  His human took him to the veterinarian, and he was diagnosed as a diabetic cat.

To treat his diabetes, just like me, his veterinarian put him on insulin.  Smog now gets two shots a day of insulin.  He has also been put on a weight control diet, which seems to be working.  Smog has lost a lot of weight.Smog the Diabetic Cat

His human has to monitor Smog’s diet carefully.  And Smog doesn’t always make it easy.  Smog still has that big appetite, and it’s not just for the food he is supposed to eat..  He will eat anything he gets his paws on!

Some of the things that Smog has eaten that he’s not supposed to are bread and lumps of butter as well as pop corn.  And Smog is a British gentleman, so he doesn’t eat what we Americans call potato chips.  He calls them crisps, thank you very much.

I hope you will go over to Smog’s page and say hello.

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.