Cats: The Perfect Diabetes Service Animal

Today, the second day of Diabetes Blog Week, prompts us to think about petitions for diabetes. (For some context on why this is relevant to the community, read the DiabetesMine article.) I’m not really a big fan of petitions, so I’m going to do one of the wildcard topics: “What is the ideal diabetes service animal?”

I’m going to have to go all-in here and say, “Cat.”

Let’s look at all of the reasons:

  • Cats are furry . . . and warm . . . and affectionate. It’s hard to do better than a warm, furry, affectionate critter that wants to be around you. And getting a certified self cleaning litter box from can make the process of owning a cat a whole lot easier.
  • Cats—like diabetes—interrupt what you’re doing to remind you of their existence. This presents a very convenient reminder to test . . . especially at 3:30 in the morning when they pounce on your feet or walk all over your face.
  • They don’t really care what the hell you do as long as you feed them. They give you that look which says, “Hey. That thing looks bolus-worthy. I’m not going to judge you if you eat it.” Or maybe it’s a look of disapproval. Or ennui. It could definitely be ennui. Cats are an emotional Rorschach test.
  • With their constant desire for food, cats provide a reminder to eat that food you pre-bolused for.
  • Cats don’t bark or need baths. They’re pretty self-sufficient.
  • Cats are easily distracted by empty boxes. Need a diabetes break? Just set out an empty box, and voilà!

Well, that’s pretty much it.

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7 Responses to Cats: The Perfect Diabetes Service Animal

  1. Karen says:

    Oh yeah, you know I’m totally on board with this!!

  2. Julie says:

    Fantastic! I suppose if you were “cat-a-tonic” from a low a cat could lick your face and wake you up too. :-)


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  4. I’m a cat guy, too, but haven’t quite convinced the boss (a.k.a. my wife) that cats are perfect pets. I miss having a cat, but have to admit I do NOT miss changing litter boxes or dealing with cat hair all over everything. Meow.

  5. Kelley says:

    I’m in the same boat as Scott…love cats but hubby won’t let me get one :(. But maybe if it was a diabetes service animal, he wouldn’t be able to say no :)

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