#ShelterSunday: Owl’s Flight to Health and Happiness

Owl is a gorgeous Egyptian Mau who came to the United States from Abu Dhabi, which has a terrible stray cat overpopulation issue.  Owl was rescued from the streets in May, 2015, after being hit by a car.  Due to nerve damage from the accident, his front leg needed to be amputated.  Owl adjusted very well to living with just 3 legs, though he remained semi-feral. Then he became sick over the summer and was diagnosed with Feline Diabetes. The wonderful woman in Abu Dhabi who rescued him knew that Owl needed a home in the U.S. to be safe and reached out to Diabetic Cats in Need (DCIN). 

 Fortunately, DCIN’s posts about this big, cuddly boy reached the right eyes, and he made the extremely long trip to get forever home – first a 15-hour transatlantic flight in cargo to get him to the U.S., then a second flight halfway across the country!  Donations from DCIN’s fans made Owl’s “immigration” possible. 

 

Owl was still semi-feral when he arrived at his new home, and his new mom though it would take time for him to adjust… but Owl didn't think that way.  Owl’s new human brother has autism and has also had type 1 diabetes for 14 years. He had been devastated when his family had to put Faith, their 19-year-old three-legged cat, to sleep a couple months earlier. Owl’s human brother fell in love with Owl immediately. By the second day, cat and human had already bonded.  It was as if they had known each other forever, and they have become inseparable. Owl may be missing a leg, but his heart is full of love.  

Under the care of his new people, with a diet change and careful blood glucose monitoring, Owl’s diabetes rapidly went into remission. He arrived at his new home on December 12, 2015, and was in remission less than two weeks later on Christmas Day! Owl has remained in remission from diabetes for over a year.  

Owl is a perfect example of the resilience of cats and how Feline Diabetes not only doesn’t have to be a death sentence, but how the disease can also be reversed in some cats. 

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You can help DCIN to fulfill their mission by contributing to their “Gift That Gives More” campaign. Just $5 buys a key piece of diabetic cat treatment equipment; $25 provides 100 blood glucose test strips and $50 provides a full “starter kit” for new clients. Every dollar you donate goes directly to DCIN and there is NO credit card or processing fee charged. Every donation helps!  

You can also help DCIN by purchasing one of our “TNR Cat Buddy” toys (packed with premium catnip)! $5.00 of every Cat Buddy sold will go directly to DCIN.