Help Special Needs Cat Dottie

Hello, everyone.  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  I want to thank you all so much for helping me climb up in the Modern Cat contest.  Hopefully, you will help me climb to first place and I can raise awareness of special needs cats with feline diabetes.

I really want to thank my furiend Coco-Nut for helping me climb up the charts.  When Coco-Nut first talked about me, I was in 24th place. My human can be patient, and was hopeful that over time I would get to the top.  But he hasn’t had to be lately, because with Coco-Nut’s help, we’re in third place and we have a shot at the top spot!

There is another special needs cat named Dottie who needs our help.  Her story starts off very sadly, as an evil human did some horrible things to her.

Special Needs Cat DottieDottie was found in a parking lot.  She had been tortured and maimed, with an evil human cutting off both of the feet on her hind legs as well as her left ear.

You humans can be so kind, and you have shown this by the love you have shown to me and a whole lot of other furiends.  Unfortunately, you can also be very cruel and poor Dottie suffered because of this.

A human named Monica heard Dottie’s story and had to adopt her.  It took a lot of research and visits to the veterinarian, but Monica was able to find a company that would make prosthetic legs for her furiend.  This will allow Dottie to address her special needs and live a normal feline life.

Dottie is lucky to have found such a kind human, but here’s what’s really special about this human.  Monica said that she is lucky to have a sweet angel like Dottie in her life.  She rescued poor Dottie, and she still considers herself lucky.  Isn’t that amazing?

You can’t take Dottie into your home, because Monica won’t let you.  But you canVote for Special Needs Cat Dottie help!  Vote for Dottie in the Petfinder Luckiest Pet Contest.  You can help her win $5,000 for the Cat Protection Society of Eustis, Florida and a $500 Petco gift card for Monica so she can shower Dottie with lots of love.

March 1 Blood Sugar Update

Head bonks and purrs to everyone.  Many of you have asked me to tell you what is going on with my blood sugar levels.

They have been much better lately.  The day after I last talked to you about my blood sugar levels, which was the 25th, a funny thing happened.  My morning and evening readings were exactly the same!  And they were both good, with readings of 170.  If we only could have stayed at that level, my human would have been very happy.

Blood CellsBut the next morning, my blood sugar reading climbed above that 300 threshold.  It more than doubled, going up to 352.  The evening reading was better, dropping down to 301. Since the meter’s only so accurate, we’ll say that’s okay.

Things got better on the 28th, with my blood sugar level dropping down to 267.  And the evening readings, while once again above that 300 threshold, weren’t too bad.  My blood sugar came in at 304.

So we are likely back to where we were before the spike all the way past 600.  That really high reading was an outlier.

My human is still not satisfied with my blood sugar readings, though.  They’re still higher than we want, although not critical.

I’m definitely being rambunctious and playful, though.  My human has seen me chasing my tail quite a bit.  Plus, Jacey usually ambushes me.  Lately, I’ve been ambushing her in my own way.

Jacey will hide around the corner and pounce on me, and then the scuffling is on.  We play fight, and nobody gets hurt, but it’s fun.

But since I am so much bigger than Jacey, I don’t bother to ambush her.  I just walk over to her and pounce.  And she is such a sweet girl.  So instead of really scuffling with me, what she does is kind of just tolerate it for a while and then she runs off.

We two felines are a source of constant entertainment for our human.  He says we’re well worth every penny he pays to take care of us!

Resources for Diabetic Cats

When humans learn that they have a diabetic cat, a lot of things go through their mind.  The first thing that went through my human’s mind was whether or not I was going to get really sick and die.  Fortunately, he took me to the vet in time so that I didn’t get sick.  But we felines are just like you humans.  If you leave our diabetes unchecked for a long time, we will get sick.

According to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, untreated feline diabetes will shorten a cat’s life.  Diabetic cats like me who do not get treated with insulin are prone to suffer from a life threatening condition called ketoacedosis.  Cats suffering from this condition lose their appetite, start to vomit, get diarrhea, become lethargic and weak, and don’t breath right.  They can also develop unhealthy skin, liver disease, and bacterial infections.  Additionally, diabetic cats who are not treated can develop a condition called diabetic neuropathy.  This causes their limbs, especially their back ones, to get weaker.

So obviously, treatment is needed.  But you humans don’t always have access to a vet, and even if you did, it would be expensive.  However, if you’re like my human, you have access to the internet.

And there are some very good resources for people looking for how to take care of their diabetic cats.

One of the best is the Feline Diabetes Message Board.  This site has more than 6,000 members, and they have posted nearly 100,000 comments!  You can do a search on the board to find information on topics you want.

Humans treating diabetic cats often don’t have access to a specialist like I do.  Many vets don’t have the training needed to handle complex feline diabetes cases.  But people who are experts share information on this board, making it a great source for people who are learning.  And my human tells me he is always learning more about diabetic cats.

Boeringher Ingelheim Vetmedica, the maker of Prozinc, created a site for humans with diabetic cats.  It is designed for someone who just had their cat diagnosed, and it answers the questions many people have.  The site is called, quite simply, My Cat Has Diabetes.

The last source of information we’ll point you to is Wikipedia’s entry on Diabetes in Cats.  It is an extensive source of information, and it directs you to many places for additional reading.

Whether you’re just interested in diabetic cats, or have one of your own, these are nice sources of information that my human has turned to. Hopefully they’ll be useful for you, too.