I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.
Furiends, today, I must talk to you about something many humans think is good for us felines but which is not. It is milk. Milk is not good for felines.
You see, we felines are like many of you humans. We are lactose intolerant. We do not have the enzymes needed to digest the lactose in cow’s milk. What that means is that we can end up with stomach cramps and diarrhea when we drink it.
One of the reasons why humans think felines love milk is because we love to eat cream. Back when many of you humans lived on farms and had felines who lived with cows, we would drink up the cream. But even when we did this, we would have to deal with an upset stomach afterwards. Since we mostly lived outside back then, most humans did not see this.
For tiny felines, it is different. You see, tiny felines have to get milk from their mothers to survive. And their small bodies produce the enzyme that helps them digest milk. But like with humans, once they reach an age where they can be weaned, many of them stop making the enzyme.
Even for tiny felines, though, cow’s milk is not the best choice. Their own mother’s milk is. And if they cannot get their mother’s milk, then it is better for them to get kitten formula. This better matches the milk their mothers would give them.
So, furiends, do not believe all the pictures of happy felines drinking milk. We may drink it, and we may even look like we are enjoying it. But if you go to the litter box later, you will see and smell evidence that it is not good for us.
I hope this makes you more aware of why you should not give milk to us felines.
We felines have good instincts about which humans we can trust. And for a pregnant feline, choosing the right human to trust can be very important. One feline made the right choice. She was pregnant, and went up to a human she thought would help. This human could not, but they contacted Mini Cat Town, and the cat rescue group took in the pregnant feline.
Not long after Chai gave birth to her kittens, two orphaned tiny felines were found by kind humans at Nine Lives Rescue. These tiny felines were not doing well. To help them, the humans at both rescues decided to see if Chai would take care of them.
Chai immediately started helping the tiny felines. She sniffed them when they arrived, and then she started to groom them and nurse them.
Sadly, despite all of Chai’s efforts and the efforts of her humans, two of the tiny felines did not make it. But Chai is very devoted to taking care of the six tiny felines who are left. And she gets all of the help she needs from the kind humans who are fostering her.
In a month or so, Chai’s kittens will be able to go home with an adopter. The kind humans at Mini Cat Town hope that Chai will get to go home with one of her tiny felines.
But even if that does not happen, Chai has already done very well. She chose the right human to ask for help. Because of this, six tiny felines will get a chance to thrive in a safe home!
We felines are like you humans. Sometimes, we get annoyed with our siblings and will hiss and growl at them. Sometimes, we are best furiends with them. But we always care about them and when they need help, we give it to them. The story of Kaneli, Vanilla, and Chili will show you how.
Kaneli and Vanilla were suffering on a hot day. A kind human found a box under a tree, and discovered the two tiny felines. The mother of these felines never came back for them. So, this kind human took in the two tiny felines. These two were so hot they were panting from the heat. The kind human gave them formula, and within a day they were doing quite well.
This human went out to check on the feral colony one day, and they heard a high pitched meow. They discovered another tiny feline, who looked a lot like the two they had already saved. Sadly, there was another tiny feline who had left us. The mother cat had given up, and the remaining tiny feline was not going to make it without help.
After giving the latest tiny feline to join them a bath and giving him noms, the kind human put him with his sisters. They instantly hugged him, giving him reassurance, and telling him he was going to be okay. Within a day, he showed signs of recovery. It took a while for him to fully recover, but his sisters were with him every step of the way.
Now, these three felines are thriving. But they still love each other and take care of each other. The two abandoned felines helped their sibling, and it is why they are all thriving! And hearing about this happy feline family makes me very happy. It is a very happy story, furiends, and I hope it makes you happy, too!