Furever Furever Home: Dealing with feline diabetes probably fits into your daily routine


Bella is an 11-year-old black cat with diabetes who waited six months before being placed in foster care. Black cats have lower adoption rates and tend to sit in shelters longer. Reasons for this range from superstition to not showing up well in photographs.

As of Nov. 21, the Instagram hashtag #cats has 74.2 million posts. Only five of the first 100 posts were of black cats. Older cats also tend to have lower adoption rates.

Bella’s original owner was disabled and lived with his father. The father took care of Bella, but he became ill. No longer able to properly care for Bella, they surrendered her to the pound.

Since January she’s been fostered by Cami Slaubaugh. Up to that point Slaubaugh only fostered dogs, but a post on the Homeward Animal Shelter Facebook page said they had cats that needed to get out of the shelter with Bella being the most urgent. She struggled, and with diabetes, she had internal issues.
Slaubaugh said Bella gradually grew more comfortable with a different routine and being around her dog, a 3-year-old, 75-pound Rottweiler. “I think she would do better where she could be the only pet, but if you have a dog or another cat, she could get used to it,” Slaubaugh said.
Bella needs to eat a dietetic management food that contains more protein and fewer carbohydrates. Slaubaugh gives her half a can twice a day. After Bella eats, she is given insulin shots in the neck area or between the shoulder blades. Slaubaugh pulls up the skin to make sure the needle gets under the skin. Slaubaugh said it’s important to keep the meals as close to 12 hours apart as possible to keep her blood sugar stable.

“A lot of people think that’s going to be really difficult, but you’d be surprised at realistically how much of a routine you live in, and how easy it is. ‘Well, I get up at the same time every morning. She can eat her breakfast then.’ Then at night, I can give her supper at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. or whatever it is.” Bella can have treats, but only high protein meat like freeze-dried chicken.
It’s estimated that up to 2 percent of the feline population has diabetes. Slaubaugh said people shouldn’t be daunted by the prospect of adopting a special needs pet. “She’s so sweet and has a lot of love to give,” Slaubaugh said. “She definitely deserves to find the right home.”

Check out the video about Bella. For more information on how to adopt or foster cats and dogs, visit Homeward Animal Shelter at homewardonline.org/adoption-foster-info/.

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