Special Need: diabetes and FIV

Charlie Charlie is like that big, fluffy stuffed animal you won at the carnival when you were a kid: just a little too big for you to carry, but you just can't bear to put him down. He loves nothing more than to be held like a big baby, or to climb into your lap and snuggle until you can snuggle no more. He will not be the one to stop the love fest. Gentle and calm, Charlie is waiting for that special someone with endless love to give.

Charlie came to Tabby's Place in November 2013, when a gentleman found him alone, skinny, and full of fleas and ticks in a junkyard. When the man tried to help this handsome grey stray, Charlie leapt into the man's car.

Upon his arrival at Tabby's Place, Charlie tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and had a hemorrhage in his right eye. After we cleaned this poor boy up and gave him a few days of good food, we took him to the ophthalmologist, who removed his badly damaged eye. Charlie recovered nicely and started to gain much-needed weight.

However, we quickly noticed that Charlie was drinking and urinating more than normal. His original blood work had been completely normal, but a urinalysis showed that he had a high level of glucose (sugar) in his urine. We repeated some of Charlie's blood work, which now confirmed that he was diabetic.

We immediately began insulin therapy. Charlie continued to put on weight, becoming the strong, healthy (and admittedly chubby) boy he is today.


As a member of our Special Needs crew, Charlie is waiting for an exceptional adopter. FIV leaves Charlie susceptible to infections, as the virus disables or destroys a white blood cells.

FIV is transmitted through deep bite wounds, so Charlie almost certainly contracted it during a fight with another cat during his tough street days. Although FIV+ cats can live for as many happy, healthy years as other kitties, the condition tends to scare away many adopters.

In addition, keeping Charlie's diabetes under control requires daily insulin injections and careful monitoring. We know this extra care is not for every pet owner, but we have hope that the right family will adopt our cuddle bug.

Until that day comes along, Charlie is safely ensconced in our FIV+ suite, feasting on a diabetic-safe diet with immune-boosting supplements. Will you please sponsor Charlie? As you help him to thrive, he promises to bring his carnival joy to your heart.

Sponsor Charlie(or, see all of our Special Needs Cats)
other monthly amount (minimum $14)

$15/month pays for Charlie's insulin and syringes.

$30/month pays for Charlie?s prescription food.

$63/month pays for an hour of vet time for Charlie.

Any amount will help our Special Needs cats