Since Sammie is diabetic, his health depends on careful monitoring of his eating and behavior, as well as administration of insulin.Unfortunately, Sammie was owned by an elderly woman whose health was fading.She was not giving Sammie the attention and care he needed and his health (and, in fact, his life) was in jeopardy.
To make matters worse, the owner’s daughter was strongly suggesting that Sammie be put down, since her mother was not able to care for him properly.Fortunately, a kind neighbor intervened on Sammie’s behalf. While she couldn’t take Sammie, herself, she called us and pleaded Sammie’s case. As usual, we had a long waiting list, but the woman said she would be happy to visit Sammie regularly, to keep an eye on him and administer his insulin, for as long as it would take for his spot to open up. We were very happy when Sammie was able to finally join us at Tabby’s Place.Diabetes results when an animal’s pancreas is unable to produce adequate amounts of insulin, a hormone especially important for metabolizing carbohydrates. The primary signs of diabetes are increased drinking, increased urination, and weight loss.Left untreated, diabetes can be painful and even fatal.Diabetes is most often treated by the administration of insulin, to replace that which the body isn’t producing.Sammie is in the Special Needs Suite, where all cats are fed a special diet that has shown good results with diabetic cats.Although Sammie’s need for insulin has been lowered, he remains insulin-dependent, receiving injections of insulin twice a day.Sammie is a sweet cat and, though slightly overweight, his diabetes is now regulated and he is in good health.Because of his personality, we are hopeful that Sammie might eventually be adopted.
But cats with disabilities are difficult to adopt, so please consider sponsoring dear Sammie and help us to give him the care and attention he deserves.