Fleas on Felines

Koji and I Endured This To Get Rid of Fleas

Furiends, one of the things that many humans think is that if their feline is indoor only, they cannot get fleas. Unfortunately, this is not true. Do not forget, you humans go outside, and sometimes, a flea will get on you! While they do not like you humans as much as they like us felines, they may come inside the home with you. And then when that flea gets on us, it can create problems.

For felines like me and Koji, who go on the balcony, there is another way fleas can get to us. Fleas can hop onto the balcony. And sometimes, the wind blows their eggs on our balcony. All it takes is one flea making its way up to our balcony to start an infestation!

This is something the human, Koji, and I learned the hard way. The human was concerned when he saw lots of black spots in the sink. Koji and I like to sleep in there, and he wondered what it could be from. Then he realized that it could be flea dirt!

After he realized that, he called the white coated humans to talk about it. He was confused, thinking that because we are indoor cats, we would not get fleas. But the white coated humans told him there were all sorts of ways they could arrive.

Koji and I Endured This To Get Rid of Fleas
Koji and I Endured This To Get Rid of Fleas

The human did not like this, and he asked the white coated humans for help. They told him to use a topical medication which kills fleas, and he brought that home. He treated us according to the directions. Koji and I did not like having this applied to us. We do like the results, however.

I hopped into the sink this morning and stayed there for a while. When I hopped out, there were far fewer black spots. That means the medication is working. And soon, hopefully, I will have no fleas.

So remember, kind humans, even indoor cats get fleas. If you see us itching a lot or bare spots in our fur, this can mean we have fleas. Make sure you treat us for this, because it can be very annoying!

Diabetic Cats and Humans

Recently, there has been a situation that I learned of which made me think that many humans do not know what it means to take care of a diabetic cat like me.  I post stories of diabetic cats who Diabetic Cats in Need is helping.  By the way, you should vote for them so that they can win $1,500 in credit at the Helping Hands clinic in Richmond, Virginia. Diabetic Cats in Need Logo

I have said that caring for a diabetic cat requires some work and some resources.  And I want all of my fellow sugar cats to find homes.  But it has to be the right home.  Putting a diabetic cat in a home where the humans cannot properly care of them doesn’t do the cat or the humans any good.

So I wanted to let you know what it means to be the two legged caretaker of a diabetic cat.

First, you will need to commit to giving us insulin and testing our blood sugar.  The insulin will typically be given twice a day, 12 hours apart.  And blood sugar testing should be done at least twice a day.  You need to get a blood test before the shots in both the morning and evening.  It’s helpful if you get more tests, so that you know what is going on with our blood sugar during the day.  But getting a blood sugar reading before our injections is a minimum requirement.

Second, you will likely have to change our diet.  We won’t be able to eat the cheap dry food, as it’s full of fillers and carbohydrates.  At the very least, you will need to give us a grain free, high protein dry food.  And wet food is better.  This may mean you need to spend more money on our food..

Insulin for diabetic catsFinally, there’s the money issue.  At Costco, my human has to pay around $130 for the insulin he injects me with.  It will last for about three months.  Then there are the syringes, which run around $12 for 100 at American Diabetes Wholesale.  And you’ve got to pay for the meter and testing strips.  The meters aren’t that expensive, and the testing strips will run about $30 for 100 strips if you buy them in bulk.

And then there are the veterinarian visits.  If you need to go to a specialist, plan on spending $500.  That’s in addition to the normal vet visits that you should do on an annual basis.

All told, I would say that humans who adopt a diabetic cat need to budget $1,500 to $2,000 on top of what cats normally cost.  So instead of budgeting $500 to $1,000 for a cat, you need to be ready to spend $2,000 to $3,000.

If this is not a financial commitment you can undertake, then do not adopt a diabetic cat.  It does neither the cat nor the human any good.

But if you can afford to spend this, then diabetic cats like me make wonderful and loving pets who will make you very happy you brought them into your home.