Last month Rubis an entire black and white stray cat was handed into the GSPCA.
Full of cuts and bites this very affectionate cat that had no chip or collar came in with a number of injuries.
Inline with the 2012 legislation every stray animal including cats have to be held for 21 days whilst we try and find their owner.
Sadly with no microchip, collar or anyone coming forward for Rubis he hasn't been claimed.
During his time at the Shelter we have found that Rubis with his lovely friendly nature and his wounds now healed has other health issues.
This weekend concerned staff rushed Rubis to the vets as his he seemed unlike his normal self.
Rubis has been kept in at the vets over the weekend and after a number of tests it appears he is diabetic and also requires an ultrasound to check his kidneys.
The ultrasound will take place later today and we are appealing for donations to help this adorable cat.
Anna Paint Senior Animal Care Assistant said "When Rubis arrived at the GSPCA he had no skin on one of his ears which was red raw and he had a number of bites and cuts on him."
"Rubis is a really sweet cat who loves attention and we know the staff at the vets have fallen in love with him as have the team at the GSPCA."
"On the weekend I noticed that Rubis wasn't himself so we rushed to the vets where he has been kept over the weekend."
"After a number of tests the vets have told us that he has diabetes, but he needs more scans and also it will take some time with many injections to ensure we can find the right insulin levels for him before we can find him a forever home."
"Rubis certainly has a long road to recovery which will cost hundreds of pounds and we are appealing for donations towards this amazing cat and his treatment."
"We will of course update you on Rubis and his progress."
Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Poor Rubis the cat has been through so much at the GSPCA and he needs further treatment and care."
"Every year we see cats that are knocked down to those that have medical problems like Rubis that need support, care and treatment."
"Rubis is such a lovely cat and he reminds us so much of Mr Chips a diabetic cat we rehomed last year at the GSPCA."
"Every year we help thousands of animals and currently we are building our multi purpose animal welfare building."
"It is a huge year for us at the GSPCA and we appreciate all the support we receive from those that donate towards cats like Rubis to our Angel Pen Pal Sponsors, from our Build Partners to those that support our events it is really appreciated."
"For all of the tests, treatment and care for Rubis it is likely to cost well over £700 if not more and every penny towards him and the other cats in our care makes a real difference."
To donate towards Rubis you can do so by:
Calling: 01481 257261
By post or popping in the Shelter: GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD
Our Just Giving Page by clicking here.
Or why not become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor and give each month to help animals in our care by clicking here.
If you could help towards or new multi purpose building please click here to find out about the Build Partner programme.
What is diabetes in cats?
Diabetes mellitus (or 'sugar diabetes') is a complicated condition caused by either an absolute or relative lack of the hormone insulin.
Insulin is produced by special cells in the pancreas (an organ close to the liver) and this hormone is critical in the control and utilisation of blood glucose (sugar). Insulin is produced and released into the blood in response to increasing levels of blood glucose, and this allows the glucose to be taken up by cells in the body (and used for energy) and helps to maintain normal levels of glucose in the blood.
If insulin is deficient, blood glucose levels will rise, and the body will not be able to use glucose efficiently as a source of energy, depending instead on other sources such as breakdown of fats. Diabetes is one of the most common endocrine (hormonal) disorders of cats, but fortunately in most cases it can be diagnosed and managed successfully, although management options can be quite complex and treatment has to be adjusted to the individual cat.
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