Boris is a sweet senior gentleman who will put his arms around your neck to hug you. His human lost her housing and was forced to move in with her family, who would not allow her to bring Boris along because he was reportedly urinating outside the box and vomiting. They were about to euthanize Boris, but we could not let that happen to a cat who has so much love to give.
It turned out the vomiting and inappropriate urination were connected to IBD and diabetes. Boris' human had been treating him for IBD using steroids, which then caused diabetes. We immediately put Boris on an all wet food prescription diet, took him off the steroids, and his foster mom started testing his blood glucose at home-- a critical step in managing diabetes!
With his food and medication closely monitored, and under the excellent care of Dr. Morhaus of Tri-City Animal & Bird Clinic, Boris began to produce insulin again. It has been two months since he has needed any insulin, and his blood glucose has been under 100 the entire time. Dr. Morhaus has officially declared that Boris is in remission from diabetes. Boris' IBD symptoms also seem to be in remission-- perhaps that has to do with the all wet diet.
And Boris has been urinating in the litter box with a success rate of 100%! His previous litterbox issues were most likely related to the excessive urination that can occur with diabetes.
Boris is still looking for a home-- he would be the perfect companion for a senior or someone who works at home. He thrives on human company. Though an affectionate cat, he is not in the least bit clingy. Sometimes he loves to sit on your lap and hug you, whereas other times he likes to sit next to you while you read or work on the computer.
Boris' only special needs at this time are that he needs to remain on an all-wet food diet (DM or another wet food that is appropriate for diabetes) and he needs to have his blood glucose checked at least once a week (we can show you how to do this at home).
To inquire about adopting Boris, please contact Susan at (314) 478-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to contribute towards the care of Boris and other cat like him, please consider a tax-deductible donation using the link below or by writing a check to Pound Pals- Cat Aid Fund, 4502 Tower Grove Place, St. Louis, Missouri, 63110. 100% of donations go to vet care, and every cent helps!
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