Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Suzi for letting me ask questions about Snickers. Pictures used with permission.
How old is Snickers?
Snickers is 14. She just had her birthday!
How did Snickers come to live with you?
I owned her and her brother, Milton’s mom. I went on vacation and my nephew was supposed to be watching her but let her out and she got pregnant. I got to watch them be born! So I have had her since day one!
Did she have asthma when you got her or did she develop it later?
Snickers was diagnosed with asthma later in life and she gets a shot when needed. Two years ago she started walking funny so I took her in and her blood work came back with a blood sugar number of 598!!! She will sadly never go into remission for her diabetes because of her asthma shot. The steroids in it will always affect her blood sugar.
What are some of the signs of asthma?
Some signs for asthma is coughing but not trying to cough up anything. And labored breathing.
What about signs of a diabetes flair up?
For diabetes some signs are drinking lots of water, weight gain, peeing a lot and most will develop neuropathy, which is damaged nerve function and the cat will start walking funny in the back legs.
How often do you check her sugar?
At the minimum I check her sugar twice a day before I give her an insulin shot. Usually I test her about 4-6 times a day. She gets her shot in the morning and at night.
What kind of medication is she on?
She gets a shot for her asthma when needed but she can also use an inhaler just like people do! I have asthma as well so if she is having a rough time and for some reason I can’t get her in she can take some puffs from my inhaler. She has an extension called the Aerokat so it’s not going directly in her mouth.
What are her favorite things to do?
Her favorite things are playing with earplugs, lol, snuggling with me and she loves to go out in our backyard.
Are there any other pets in the house?
I do have one of her litter mates, Milton and I have my mom’s cat, Olivia, whom I adopted and my mom passed away. Her and my cats do not get along at all! Even after a year and a half.
Are they protective of her?
She’s not protective but I am the only person she loves. She tolerates my husband. She does stare at the door if someone knocks, that’s about it.
I love to educate people on feline diabetes and this little girl is my everything!
Here is some additional information on Feline Asthma and Feline Diabetes
This is a personal plea from a friend of mine on facebook as she is no longer financially able to cat for her diabetic cat.
Please do not judge her for wanting to find him a home, everyone has hit hard times at least once in their lives, and she just wants her little man to find a loving family who can give him the care he deserves.
This is an owner surrender. His current mom is asking for a nominal fee of $20 for his adoption.
Who: Approx 12 year old tuxedo cat named Louie who is diabetic, he just started insulin treatment.
He also has hind leg neuropathy which means he will need to have a low lid litter box.
He currently is eat Fromm cat food and prefers clay litter.
He is neutered, has his claws and is indoor only.
He is up to date on all shots, except for rabies.
His current mom has his vet records and can scan and email a copy as proof if needed.
Where: ABE (Allentown/Easton/Bethlehem) area in PA.
Vet Information: Greg Leck DVM 610-863-3111 the receptionist is Kathy
If interested please email: Miss Cindy at raines_home (at) live (dot) com
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Cindy for the information and letting me borrow pictures of Louie. Please share if you can, if you can find room in your heart and home that would be wonderful. Thank you so much on behalf of Miss Cindy.
This post is a part of the Opt to Adopt theme, which features pets that are up for adoption.
My Missy was about 8 weeks old when Raul brought him home to me.
It was sometime in June of 1993 that I was home in our apartment in beautiful Oceanside, California when Raul came home with a huge surprise for me. It was Missy!! My beautiful little Miss Moo!! Raul was always surprising me with flowers but Missy was my best surprise ever. He had gone to the store this one evening to pick something up and that is where he noticed Missy sitting in a box outside the grocery store. There was an older woman who looked pretty raggedy, sort of homeless like and she had 6 kittens that she was trying to give away.
There were many people around holding the kittens, except for Missy. He heard the woman say that the kittens had not been to a veterinarian yet and they had not had their shots. Raul’s first impression of these tiny little kittens was that of them possibly being born outside or something because of their appearance. He noticed when peering into the box that Missy had fat feet. He in fact had 6 toes on all four paws. He asked the woman what was wrong with Missy and she replied to him that he could have been the runt of the litter. I later found out that Missy was a Polydactyl.
He continued to go into the store and pick up a bouquet of flowers and when he returned back outside he saw that Missy was the only kitten left in the box. Raul saw people walking by, staring and making comments about Missy’s appearance so he decided to take him home. He didn’t have the heart to leave him with the raggedy old woman and not knowing what would become of him. He was
absolutely beautiful with long black fur and his little fat bear paws.
Nine years passed and we found out that Missy had feline diabetes. We had no idea what that was, how to manage this disease, thinking that a shot a day and everything would be fine. That was far from the truth. I began researching feline diabetes and we immediately started home testing to make sure that his blood glucose didn’t fall into the danger zone. Missy was such a trooper with
the testing, the shots, hospitalization, everything.
Six years later he was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure; CRF, which is the deterioration of the kidneys. Missy was my “Brave Little Toaster” and he fought CRF for 3 year. He was such a good boy and my inspiration to write a book on his life.
In the end, it wasn’t his diabetes that failed him, it was the CRF and the diabetic nueropathy; loss of muscle mass, that comes along with it He had a difficult time getting up sometimes and his eating started to slow down. We looked into each others eyes and talked and I asked him if he was ready to become whole again at The Rainbow Bridge and he winked at me. Missy’s doctor came to our home and his passing was very peaceful as I held him in my arms as we peered into one anothers eyes. This was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, to let him go.
It is because of my baby boy that I, we, wanted to give back to other forgotten & unwanted animals the way he was unwanted, but so very much wanted by me!! Missy, my inspiration for writing a book on his life as a diabetic and starting our non profit organization, Missy’s Friends in his memory and his honor.
*Where did his name come from?
I thought Missy was a girl when he first came home to me. I actually called him Lil Miss. It wasn’t until about 4 months later when I had noticed that he had a little private and off to the vet we went. The doctor said his private took some time coming down. So Missy’s name stayed.
When did you realize he might have diabetes?
I noticed that Missy had peed right outside the litter box a few times and that wasn’t like him so I took him to the vet for a checkup.
What is CRF?
CRF stands for Chronic Renal Failure. CRF happens as a result of the kidneys not being able to filter waste products from the blood causing the body to actually poison itself. Increased thirst (polydipsia) and excessive urination (polyuria) are clinical signs of CRF. As the condition progresses, your cat may experience loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, poor hair coat and emaciation.
How did you help maintain his blood sugar levels?
We learned from the vet how to test Missy’s blood sugar by using a glucose meter. I was always afraid to test him for my fear of blood and Raul was the only one who gave Missy’s his shots because I hated needles. One day Raul didn’t give Missy his shot and I knew I had to. I was so afraid that I would hurt him or even worse, kill him but after a very long time sitting with him and trying my hardest to not fear my worst fear, we did it together. Missy was such a good boy waiting for me, he was so patient.
What would you like to say to people who are worried their cats may have diabetes?
Diabetes is not a death sentence but it is also not an easy disease to not take care of. The biggest downfall is that people don’t home test their cats before giving them insulin. That can kill your cat right if you administer too much insulin causing him to go into a hypo fit. Hypoglycemia is when the blood sugar falls below the normal which can cause seizures and sometimes death.
What are some tips you would give to guardians of cats that already have diabetes?
Don’t allow your vet to give you instructions to go home and give 2 units of insulin twice a day. Learn to test your kitty’s blood because if you do not, you are placing a death sentence on him.
Does Missy’s Forgotten & Unwanted Feline & Canine Friends take donations?
Missy’s Forgotten & Unwanted Feline & Canine Friends is our legal IRS name although we DBA (do business as) Missy’s Friends and yes, we do take donations. Every donation goes toward the wellbeing and medical care of animals in need. Only recently we have gotten into rescuing and fostering with a dog named Kelly.