Monday, August 8, is International Cat Day, a day the whole world celebrates our feline friends. While reading an email ad from GaelSong, I found this out, so I want to celebrate Jesse, my cat!
What is International Cat Day?
. . . a celebration which takes place on 8 August of every year. It was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It is a day to raise awareness for cats and learn about ways to help and protect them.
In 2020 custodianship of International Cat Day passed to International Cat Care, a not-for-profit British organization that has been striving to improve the health and welfare of domestic cats worldwide since 1958.
Celebrate Cats Throughout the Year!
Guess what? Cat lovers celebrate their feline friends throughout the year, not just on International Cat Day. Check out the many days to celebrate:
Let Me Celebrate International Cat Day with Jesse, my cat!
For the majority of my life, we had dogs! Growing up, we had outside dogs. Once, we had a yellow kitten, but I don’t remember what happened to him. When I divorced in 2008, I had been accustomed to having a dog around for about thirty or forty years. My ex-husband got our dog, and I faced life pet-less!
Then I adopted Jesse, a silver-tip Siamese and fell in love with him and cats. He was six years old when I got him and he’s nineteen now which is ninety-two in human years, labeled a “Super Senior” which is any age above fifteen.
Jesse & Feline Diabetes
In April 2016, I realized Jesse had something seriously wrong with him. After taking him to his vet, I found out he had feline diabetes. At first, we tried to treat it with specialized cat food, but he needed more. So, he has been on insulin since August 2016 with increased dosage as needed.
At the beginning of 2022, I messed up and left his insulin out of the frig and continued giving it to Jesse. He got sick, vomiting repeatedly. After a couple vet visits, Jesse started doing better because one vet added a potassium gel daily.
Jesse’s vomiting continued, but Lin and I have finally come up with a system that seems to be working. We give him a small amount of food in the morning with the potassium gel then don’t give him anymore food until he’s eaten that. Jesse waits near his food thinking he can fool us into giving him more food, but we usually win. Lin says I’m a soft touch and give in. After he finishes the doctored food, we give him small portions. This seems to be working because recently he has gone a month without vomiting!
Jesse’s New Passion
He loves going outside to wandering through Lin’s garden on a similar route on every outing. So, when I get up, I take him outside in the beautiful morning with birds singing and that fresh morning smell. I follow him around as he goes to his favorite grasses, catmint and drinks from a low-level bird bath. I follow him because we have rattlesnakes up here in the east mountains above Albuquerque—he’d be an easy prey with his arthritic lame back leg. As we go, I pick weeds and enjoy the blessings of Lin’s gorgeous garden and Jesse’s meanderings.
Because of his age, Jesse finishes in about twenty minutes, so what a wonderful way to start the day! When winter comes, his waiting at the back door to go out will be futile and sad!
After researching extensively, I found out cats might live to twenty years old, so Lin and I wonder every day when we wake up, if this is the day. But so far, he is doing fine! Whining right now for more food—a good sign!
Celebrate International Cat Day tomorrow with your favorite feline. Jesse and I will start the day outside enjoying nature in Lin’s garden. Then the food battle will continue but his screeching whine lets me know he still has a lot of life in him. If you don’t have a cat, go and adopt one.
Do you have a cat? If so, for how long? What’s your favorite rationale for having a cat?
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