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.

A Phone Call With the Veterinarian

Yesterday, my human got a call from the veterinarian.  One of the most important things to do for a diabetic cat like me with a relatively difficult case is to monitor the blood sugar levels.  You can see the process in this video

It’s not fun, but it’s something he has to do twice a day.  And I don’t lay there like that.  I squirm a lot and I also yelp when the lancet hits my ear.  My human is able to scruff me and hold my ear with one hand while he does the testing with the other, so he makes it work.  I don’t get too mad at him, although I let him know I don’t like it.

So while my human was doing this over the past week and sharing some of the readings with you on Twitter, one thing he didn’t do is update the online spreadsheet that his veterinarian set up for him.  He was a slacker human and I will bite him for doing this.  Since he draws blood from me, maybe I will draw blood from him.

He updated the information this morning, and talked to the veterinarian.  TheTalking about Blood Sugar Readings for a Diabetic Caty told him that he should be commended for all the work he has done to take care of a diabetic cat like me.  Apparently, my case is considered a difficult one.  So while he’s not truly satisfied with the blood sugar levels he’s seeing, it’s relatively well controlled for diabetic cats with tough cases like mine.

My human is stubborn, however.  He continues to work at getting my blood sugar levels under better control, even though they tell him things are relatively well controlled.

What this likely means, though, is that the hope of going to once a day testing is likely going to remain that.  A hope.  It’s just not realistic for me based on the readings we’ve seen since I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat.