July 8 Blood Sugar Readings

Hello, furiends. It is time for me to tell you about my blood sugar readings for the week. Before I do that, I will share with you a picture of my good furiend Anakin. Anakin, you see, was born without his hind legs and he did not have a pelvis.

But furiends, he does not let this slow him down. As his human says, he is full of love and life. And here is Anakin, relaxing in his favorite cat tree.

Anakin in His Cat Tree
Anakin In His Cat Tree

Anakin has come a long way from a tiny feline who escaped humans trying to help him. He learned to trust his human, and now he is happily living inside. And furiends, look at that fluffy tail of his. When I am annoyed, I do not think my tail gets as fluffy as Anakin’s tail is normally!

I am proud to call Anakin a furiend. He is another special needs cat who shows that while we may need more attention, we are very good at showing affection to the humans who care for us.

Now, on to my blood sugar readings. For the week, my blood sugar readings averaged 174. That is a little higher than the 161 we saw the week before, but it is still a good average. The human is a little concerned, though. We saw two blood sugar readings that were lower than we like. And then we had to skip my insulin shot.

On the occasions where my blood sugar was low, I nommed very quickly. And as you can see, my blood sugar went back up after I did that. But we still do not like seeing readings that low. The human does not know why this happens. Sometimes, it will be fine, but then sometimes, it drops too low. He will continue to monitor this and see what we can do.

I will tell you about my blood sugar readings next week. Until then, remember that felines like me and Anakin, despite our special needs, can be very fun felines!

Special Needs “Potato” Cat Thriving

Potato With a Normal Sized Cat

One of my favorite special needs cat is Lucky. This feline is a special needs cat like me, and we are both advocates for other special needs felines. Today, I want to tell you the story of a special needs cat Lucky told me about.

Giselle, who has become known as Potato, lived at the MSPCA shelter in Boston. The white coated humans learned she had many medical problems. Almost no part of her body was without problems. Her legs, spine, neck, heart, and lungs do not work as well as those on cats like me and Lucky. In addition to this, Potato’s colon was too large for her body. She needed surgery to reduce the size of it.

On top of this, Potato is blind. So while Lucky and I are grateful to have humans who help us with our special needs, they do not care for felines with as many medical issues as Potato!

Potato With a Normal Sized Cat
Potato With a Normal Sized Cat

Potato endured all of the medical procedures to help with her health problems, and she has recovered nicely. Now, in spite of being blind and much smaller than the other felines in the home, she loves to play with them. One of the things her human enjoys the most is watching Potato run after and chase the other felines in the home. “Watching a huge cat run away from a tiny cat is hilarious,” said her human.

Potato is unusual in one other way. Unlike most of us felines, she loves it when her human gives her belly rubs. If the human does this to me, Jacey, or Koji, he will get a swat or a bite. But Potato thinks this is one of the most fun things in the world!

I am so happy this feline is enjoying her life with a kind human who was willing to take on the challenges caring for her present. And so is Potato!

Feline with Asthma Finds Furever Home

Alma Using Her Inhaler

We felines can get many of the same diseases that you humans can. I am a perfect example of this. Humans get diabetes, and felines can, too. And I even get the same insulin that humans get in order to control my blood sugar levels, which I will tell you about tomorrow.

Another disease we felines get that you humans are familiar with is asthma. Just like with humans, sometimes it is so bad we need an inhaler to handle it. And my fellow special needs cat Alma can tell you about this.

Alma was abandoned on the streets of London. She was fending for herself when kind humans found her and took her to the white coated humans. The white coated humans saw she had lung issues.

“We discovered that Alma had scarring on her lungs, the legacy of a particularly nasty bout of cat flu that she was suffering from when rescued. This caused her persistent bouts of coughing and we later diagnosed her with feline asthma,” said one of the white coated humans.

Alma Using Her Inhaler
Alma Using Her Inhaler

The white coated humans taught Alma how to use an inhaler, and her health improved. Now all they needed was a kind human to take her home. And soon, Alma found one.

“I’d never met a cat with asthma before. I didn’t even know a cat could get asthma, let alone use an inhaler like a pro,” said the human who adopted Alma. But the white coated humans who diagnosed Alma showed her how to treat feline asthma. And this kind human decided to take Alma home.

Now, Alma is happy with her human. Like me, she requires treatment twice a day. And she has gotten used to it, so she does not fuss with her human when she wears her inhaler. She is like me and insulin shots, furiends.

Alma is another example of a special needs cat showing that we do need extra care, but for the right human, we are great additions to the family!