#ShelterSunday: A Ninth Life for the Lovely Miss M

Margeaux – also known as “the lovely Miss M” – arrived at a shelter in Baltimore, Maryland, very ill, injured from abuse, and psychologically scarred from her ordeal.  Because she had been diagnosed as diabetic and had many other health issues, she was given highly limited time at the shelter to find a new home. Diabetic Cats in Need (DCIN)’s resources were stretched thin, as they had recently rescued five other diabetic cats from that same shelter and their temporary foster homes were all full.  They prepared for the worst for this sweet little girl who had done nothing to deserve her fate.

Margeaux upon arrival at her foster home

Margeaux upon arrival at her foster home

Incredibly, an adopter stepped up: she was willing to take Margeaux in spite of all her challenges.  But DCIN needed to find a local temporary foster, as the adopter lived several states away from Maryland.  Again, luck was with the lovely Miss M – an experienced diabetic foster was willing to take her very short-term.  This emaciated, injured, and traumatized kitty who had lost most of her fur would be going to a safe place where she could recover until she was well enough to be transported to her adopter.

Margeaux was emaciated, and she had several broken ribs in addition to having lost much of her fur

Margeaux was emaciated, and she had several broken ribs in addition to having lost much of her fur

Margeaux was exhausted and could barely eat at first, and she had a hard time walking.  X-rays revealed that she had several broken ribs, heartbreaking news for her foster, adopter, and the DCIN Team.  Clearly, this sweet girl had been through more than they could ever fathom.  The foster’s vet also recommended that Miss M be started on fluids and that she be syringe-fed to ensure she was getting enough nutrition. 

Ironically, in spite of being diagnosed as diabetic, Margeaux has never needed insulin since she was rescued.  DCIN remained committed to the care of this precious girl, however, and made sure she had everything she needed to recover. 

Tragically, subsequent vet visits indicated that she likely had liver cancer, and her prognosis was not good.  While her adopter also remained committed to taking Margeaux in spite of this diagnosis, the vet thought it was unlikely that Miss M would survive being transported over several hundred miles.  Her temporary foster mom offered to provide Margeaux with the loving home she needed for however long she had left.  The vet thought 6 weeks was a generous estimate.

Margeaux after lots of TLC

Margeaux after lots of TLC

In a safe space filled with love and unlimited food, Margeaux began to recover from her ordeal.  She started walking better and giving her new forever mom (her former foster mom) lots of love.  Her fur even grew back, revealing that she’s a beautiful tuxedo girl – shocking all the people who were convinced that she was a tortoiseshell!  The lovely Miss M even decided that life in her bedroom was too small, and of her own accord has started venturing out into the rest of the house.  She’s still unsure of the other kitties in the home, but she knows she always has the safe refuge of her bedroom to retreat to when she feels overwhelmed.

DCIN remains committed to the hospice care of this special girl.  She has already outlasted her “6 months to live” prognosis by several months!  The DCIN Team doesn’t care that she ultimately turned out not to be diabetic. DCIN knows that the majority of cats who are diagnosed as diabetic in shelters turn out to be perfectly fine once they get out of that stressful environment and are put on a low-carb wet food diet, and DCIN stays committed to them regardless. 

Please don’t let a shelter diagnosis put you off saving a diabetic kitty!  Chances are, with the right care, they’ll only be on insulin for a short time – or, like the Lovely Miss M, won’t need insulin at all!

While DCIN does not has an official foster program (their fosters in the Baltimore area are members of Fancy Cats Rescue Team, one of their partner rescue groups), they do post cats who need new homes – currently, there are over 100 on the list!  If you can open your heart and home to an extra-sweet kitty, please check out their Adoptable Kitties Map: http://tinyurl.com/DCINkittymap.

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.