Does anyone have any ideas what I can do with a diabetic cat who no one will adopt? I've checked with animal rescues, animal shelters, you name it. I've spent hours on the phone with organizations who take pets, but they don't want a diabetic cat. I would like to travel, but he needs insulin shots twice a day. I could have someone come in and give him his shots but that adds up quickly if you're gone for a long time. I may have to euthanize him, but if anyone has some creative idea I haven't thought of, just let me know.
Do you have a Chinese restaurant nearby?
Do you have a Chinese restaurant nearby?
Oh, James--you're a man after my own heart!
Seriously, though, Mellie--TP member Isa will pop in here shortly, I'm sure, to help you out. She's our resident cat lady (she's got enough for a baseball team! ) and has vet experience, too. I"m sure there'll be some great ideas here for you really soon!
No! No! No! There will be no making stir-fried Fluffy or cat ala king!!! Okay - Mellie did use the word "creative" in her request but that's just an "open invitation" for James. Okay - for Tway too since she wants me to make cat ala king out of all my cats so she can come for a visit. (She's severely allergic to cats.)
Mellie - I have read in your passport thread that you live in California. If you are anywhere close to San Diego, The S. Ford Foundation may be able to help you. Since you did say you've "spent hours on the phone with organizations who take pets, but they don't want a diabetic cat", they may have been someone you have contacted already. If not - give them a try. Definitely check out their website. (I realize a great number of shelters are becoming overloaded with companion animals because of the economy and some people just abandoning them when their home is foreclosed.)
I also recommend asking your vet if you can post an "ad" on their bulletin board and/or website. Most vets I know have an "adoption board" and who knows - someone may be willing to step up to the plate and adopt your cat. Some vets do have websites with an adoption page.
Another option is contacting the surrounding retirement and nursing homes. More and more are taking in "resident" cats. (Rather like the hotels who offer "a cat during your stay" program.) Given that most facilities have a nursing staff 24/7, who better to be able to administer the insulin on schedule. (Let's see, meds time for Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Grabowski and Buttons.)
I would post ads in the local newspapers and in every assisted living facility where residents have their own apartments. As you know, it takes about 5 minutes to teach someone how to give the injections. Granted, some facilities have no pet clauses but not all. My experience has been that an older person will definitely adhere to the injection schedule more stringently than will a family with children. (Not to say that wouldn't work too but often "life" gets in the way and the injections are missed.)
Last, think about offering to cover the cost of the insulin for a certain amount of time - say 3-6 months. You also can see if there is a traveling vet in the area so they visit the cat rather than vice-versa. It would require you doing a bunch of the leg work to put the new owner and vet in contact but worth the effort in the long term. Even consider covering the food and insulin for 3 months. Any type of perk like that is enticing to finding a new responsible owner.
By the way - how old is your cat? (I'm just curious.) At one time, we "inherited" a cat (from a friend who's fiance was severely allergic) who had had her thyroid removed. It meant treating her 3 times daily so I understand your concern. I definitely have done my share of taking in the sick and wounded over the years.
Thanks for your reply, Is. I really have a dilemma. This cat would not be good for an elderly person because he is continuously running underfoot. I have to be very careful not to trip over him. He dashes in front of me again and again. He'd be a hazard for an older person. To answer your question, the cat is 5 years old. I live driving distance from San Diego, but I did look at the S Ford Foundation link you gave me, and they don't accept owner relinquished cats. I appreciate all your advice though. I'll think about an ad or contact the vet to see if they might be willing to post an ad.