Cat Saves Diabetic Girl From Hypoglycemia

Because I am a diabetic cat, one of the things the human has to constantly be alert for is hypoglycemia.  It’s said that hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar kills slowly but hypoglycemia kills quickly.  This is not just true for diabetic cats, but it is true for humans as well.

This is why the human must test my blood sugar at least twice a day.  It’s the only way he can be sure that my blood sugar doesn’t get too low.  So I endure the ear sticks because it’s something I must accept, otherwise, the human wouldn’t be able to make sure I am safe.

Diabetic humans must also be tested to make sure their blood sugar stays at safe levels.  And there is a very special cat who makes this much easier for the humans he shares his home with.

Pippa Isn't a Diabetic Cat.  She Has Saved her Diabetic Human!A black and white cat named Pippa was adopted from the RSPCA last summer.  These kind humans gave Pippa a much better home than she had before, when she was found abandoned in a cardboard box outside a store.

Since then, Pippa has performed many rescues for her humans.  In the home she shares with her humans, there is a small human who is diabetic.  Pippa, for whatever reason, is able to sense when the small humans blood sugar levels are too low, and she alerts her humans to the problem.

When Pippa senses that the small human, who is prone to hypoglycemic episodes in her sleep, is in danger, she will go to the larger humans and wake them up.  Pippa “really makes her presence felt.  She won’t take no for an answer.  She knows it’s important I get up and help,” said one of the humans.

Pippa has alerted her humans to the dangerously low blood sugar levels of the small human at least 20 times.  These humans rescued her, and she is returning the favor by rescuing the small human!

I often tell you about how my human takes care of me, a diabetic cat.  Now we have a story of a cat taking care of a diabetic human!

Results from the Humans In White Coats

You remember that both Jacey and I had to go to the humans in white coats recently.  The human told both of us that we had to share the results with you.

“Can I talk, Bagheera?”

“No, Jacey, wait your turn!  You are always talking.  Be quiet for a few minutes.”

“You’re no fun.  I will ambush you later.”

“Jacey, be quiet and let me talk.”

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Talks about the Results from the VeterinarianWhen I went to the humans in white coats, I was not happy.  I actually scratched and bit the human who gives me noms and my insulin when the human is away.  But the veterinarian told my human that this is to be expected, because I was not happy.

Some of you were concerned when the veterinarian told my human that my stomach was a little sensitive.  Fortunately, that was not a problem.  What did concern the veterinarian was that an x-ray of my lungs showed some build up, and that was why he thought I had been coughing.  He thought it might be a very low level infection.

My human told the white coated human that he would pick up my medicine when he took Jacey in.   But then when he told the veterinarian that I hadn’t coughed in a while, they decided to pass on it.  For a diabetic cat like me to fight off a infection is good news.

The human also got some good news when my fructosamine was tested.  It showed that the treatment is going well, and that my diabetes is being managed with insulin.  The hope of me not having to get insulin any more is gone, but that is okay.

“Can I talk now, Bagheera?”

“Sigh.  Yes, Jacey, you can talk.” Jacey Talks about the Results from the Veterinarian

When it was my turn to go to the humans in white coats, I was not happy.  But I got to make a canine furiend.  I guess that makes it okay, since I like making furiends.  Unlike Bagheera, who intimidated a canine.

“Jacey, be quiet about that.  He barked at me.  What did you expect me to do?”

Anyway, my blood work came back and everything was okay.  The human was worried because last time, I was a little hypoglycemic.  He told the humans in white coats that it figured.  Bagheera had too much blood sugar, and I had too little.

The human is happy with my results.  He was worried that since I talk so much, maybe something was wrong.  But that is just who I am.  I love to talk!

“Don’t we know it, Jacey.”

“Be quiet, Bagheera.  I am definitely ambushing you later.”

“Like you weren’t going to anyway?”

Okay, human, back on topic.  Anyway, I decided that going to the humans in white coats is not so bad.  I can explore and make some canine furiends.  But I still do not like the cage.

Some Help for a Human With a Diabetic Cat

Because I am a diabetic cat, I feel compelled to try to help humans who are just starting to take care of one.  But, remember, while I know a lot about feline diabetes, always talk to the humans in white coats before you do anything to alter the treatment of a diabetic cat.

Excessive Urination is a Sign of a Diabetic CatA human named Claire found out that her feline is diabetic.  Kiwi was diagnosed with feline diabetes about three weeks ago.  However, for about five weeks, Kiwi had been urinating outside of the litter box.  Most of the time, Kiwi was going in the room of Claire’s six year old son.  The humans wanted to stop Kiwi from going outside of the box, but he was very smart and sneaky so they couldn’t stay on top of it.

Claire wanted to know why Kiwi was doing this.

It is not surprising that a diabetic cat who hasn’t gotten his blood sugar levels under control would go outside of the box.  Remember, one of the signs of diabetes is drinking lots of water.  When we drink a lot of water, the water has to come out.  And sometimes, if we have been drinking a lot of water, we are not able to get to the litter box quickly enough.

First, have the humans in white coats rule out a urinary tract infection.  And if that is ruled out, see if the behavior stops when Kiwi’s blood sugar is under control.  It is likely that this will make the urination outside of the litter box stop.Please Help Charity Live a Full Life

Another human came to my page with a story of a feline who needs some help.  Charity is a very pretty white cat who was abandoned by her mother, and who needed extensive help to survive.  Her rear is paralyzed, and due to the pressure of her having to get around on her front paws only, she started to bleed severely.  Charity is likely going to need special wheels to get around, and she may have to have surgery to move her bladder.

This pretty girl deserves a chance at life.  Her human will need a lot of help giving that to her.  If you can help, please do.  If you can’t, please share this story so that others can.