What makes Abby a Pawsome Pet? We will let her foster mom explain:
"Abby was surrendered to the shelter back in April of 2014. She became diabetic and her owners blamed her for peeing all over the house (which is a symptom of untreated diabetes) and locked her in a cage. They kept her that way for quite some time before finally surrendering her. Because of her needing a high protein low carb diet, she has been stuck in a cage since then, and because of that does not 'show' well at all. When she is here at the house she is attention seeking, loves to sit snuggled up to someone and be patted."In fact, "being patted" and "soaking up attention" are her two favorite activities as of right now. She also enjoys having freedom and being able to walk around outside of a cage. Because of Abby's diet restrictions from her diabetes, she does not get much variety in her food but she does love a nice can of Fancy Feast Turkey and Giblets and freeze-dried chicken.
I wanted to ask Abby what her favorite thing about herself was, but it seems as though Miss Abby has a bit of low self esteem right now since she's been through a lot in her life most recently...
"I'm not sure Abby has the confidence right now to have a favorite thing about herself, which is why I found it hard to do this interview from her perspective. I'm sure right now she is feeling pretty low because she has gained so much weight while being in a cage for so long, and her legs are starting to show signs of cage stress (or diabetic neuropothy)."
Abby and her foster mom wanted to use this interview opportunity to help spread the word that diabetes in cats is a completely manageable condition.
"Diabetes in cats is totally treatable. A lot of cats can go into remission with a simple diet change. That diet also does not have to be expensive. There are many high protein low carb diets that are sold in most places you get cat food – like the Fancy Feast Classics which are sold pretty much everywhere. There are better more expensive foods as well if you prefer not to feed byproducts. You do not need the prescription diets.
You can also test your kitty's blood sugar levels at home with a human glucometer. This saves the owner a lot of money and stress by not having to bring the kitty in to the vet as frequently and helps them have a better handle on treatment. A lot of vets suggest you inject blindly, not knowing what your cat's glucose level is when you give insulin, because they want to make as easy for the owners to treat as possible, knowing if you start talking about home testing a lot of cats will be given up because it is overwhelming for them.
This is why there are four diabetic cats at our one shelter alone looking for a home. I know HART of ME also has a large number of diabetic cats looking for homes. Most shelters cannot take on the responsibility of a diabetic cat and they are generally euthanized on the spot."
Abby does not currently have any personal social media accounts, but you can follow Tails of the Foster Kittens on Facebook, where she does make regular appearances. You can also follow Animal Welfare Society on Facebook and check out Abby's adoption profile on the Animal Welfare Society website.
For anyone wanting to learn more about diabetes in cats, Connie recommends visiting FelineDiabetes.com. If you'd like to adopt a diabetic cat, check out the Diabetic Cats in Need Facebook Page and Blog.
Special thanks to Abby and Connie for sharing Abby's story and advice about managing cats with diabetes. Visit us next Friday for another Pawsome Pet of the Week!