Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Kitties with Diabetes Store

This is the only diabetic cat that remains in DCIN foster care that is available for adoption. Click on the cat's linked name for the full scoop.

If you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, volunteer. If you can't volunteer, donate. If you can't donate, share. Every action helps and each one is important.

Sunshine in VA
In foster since 1/2013


Why is our main page called The Kitties with Diabetes Store? This story is from a woman who was going to soon adopt one of the DCIN cats. My 3 y/o son just asked me "Can we get a kitty from the kitty diabetes store?" I said, "The kitty diabetes store?" and he said, "Where kitties with diabetes that don't have homes come from!!" (kind of in that exasperated "DUH, Mom!" tone.) I said, "Why do you want another kitty with diabetes?" and he said, "Because we can take extra-good care of them since we know how." Boy, won't he be surprised when our "new" diabetic kitty arrives from "the kitty diabetes store" (aka: DCIN) hopefully next week! I can even tell him that I ordered the kitty online and had to wait for shipping! ~Venita

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2015 DCIN Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar

November 19, 2014--

Happy Thanksgiving says Pilgrim Jack. He wants to give a calendar gift to DCIN and ten of its friends. For this second printing calendar order, Jack has meowed his Sue-Mom into something special. If you choose to buy a calendar with a special-edition fall-themed Pilgrim Jack cover, Sue-Mom will pay $5 toward your calendar and add another $5 as a donation to DCIN.

That means that your calendar (with a US shipping address) would cost you only $18 and DCIN would benefit from an additional donation. All the inside pages of the calendar will be the same; only the cover will change. One discount per person, please, and this will only apply to the first ten orders for the Pilgrim Jack cover. Of course, if you miss out on the donation discount but still want the Pilgrim Jack cover, you can specify that when you place your order. ~Venita


November 18, 2014--Because of the rave reviews from many who received their 2015 DCIN Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendars, we have decided to reopen ordering for up to 50 calendars through November 30, 2014. See the instructions under the September 23 entry below for ordering calendars. Please also note the slight price increase. I wasn't aware when I budgeted the project that I would have to pay for shipping from Shutterfly to me. Following are some photos of the calendar.


November 2, 2014--UPDATE.To get the best bulk price on the DCIN 2015 Calendars, I have to order eleven more calendars than I currently have individual orders for. If you want a calendar, these eleven are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The instructions for ordering a calendar (or more than one) are below. Thanks!! ~Venita


September 23, 2014 -- For the past month, DCIN has been holding a calendar contest for extra-sweet kitties at That contest ends at Midnight Eastern time on September 29, 2014. If you have a current or former diabetic kitty you want to have in the calendar, please go to the above link.

This is the first year that DCIN will put out a calendar. Depending on how many cats' photos are submitted for the calendar, and how many sponsors we might have, this is how a page of the calendar might look.

Many thanks to Hillary Maui for designing this sample page, and to Hillary and her editorial team of Caryl and Larry for their plans to create the calendar.

DCIN is now accepting orders for its 2015 calendars. The prices below include mailing costs. Payment should be sent to DCIN through Paypal using the address Please use the "pay friends/family" option to avoid Paypal fees and if you finance with a credit card please pay the credit card fee. Those steps will ensure that DCIN will receive the full amount for the calendar(s) it sends you. Include your address in the "email to recipient" section on the 2nd Paypal screen.

If you do not use Paypal, please email with your intent to pay by check, with the number of calendars and your mailing address, and we will respond with a mailing address to which to send your check.

  • US mailings -- $22 per calendar November orders $23 per calendar
  • Canadian mailings -- $27 per calendar November orders $28 per calendar
  • Other international mailings -- $32 per calendar November orders $33 per calendar
The higher costs for Canada and other international locations are because of the higher mailing costs to those places.

DCIN is accepting orders for its 8.5" by 11" twelve-month wall calendar through November 1, 2014. We want to get the calendars received, shipped, and delivered before the US Thanksgiving holiday on November 28, in case you are gifting calendars to friends/family. It may take longer for international locations.

Thank you all so much for supporting DCIN's 2015 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar. We hope to make this an annual fundraising option. We can't say we will because we need to see how this year goes, but so far, it's looking pretty positive for this to be an ongoing fundraiser that will eliminate the need for our December beg-a-thon.

If you have questions, please contact me at


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mismatched Socks Fundraiser September 2014

September 2, 2014--

Many DCIN Friends LOVE socks, and the crazier the better. What could be better than SolMate's Mismatched Socks to hoof (or paw) around in?

So we bring you our third annual mismatched socks fundraiser for DCIN. Through September 21, 2014, DCIN is taking orders for these socks. DCIN will bulk order the socks and mail them to you in the US by mid October. (A later delivery date but as soon as possible for Canada and other international locations.) All shipping will be done by 1st class US Postal Service if possible. (Do not order directly with; with shipping it may cost you more and DCIN won't get a portion of the sale.)

You can choose from adult cotton socks (except Dragonheart), ankle socks, kids socks (one pair and a spare), and infant socks (two pair and a spare). You also can check the file embedded below for the styles, patterns, and sizes available. For $22 per pair/set, you will receive your socks with mailing to all US locations included. There is an additional $5 per order charge for Canadian mailing and an extra $10 per order charge for mailings to other international locations. (So sorry for those mailing charges, but that is at least the cost of international mailing.)

To order, please PayPal $22 per pair/set to, using the "pay family/friends" button. If you fund your payment with a credit card, please also pay the credit card fee on the final PayPal screen. At the bottom of the final PayPal screen, in the Email to recipient: message section please indicate:
  • Number of sock pairs/sets being ordered
  • Style (adult, ankle, kids, or infant), pattern, and size of each pair/set (please indicate a backup pattern if your first choice of pattern is not available at the time of the order)
  • Your mailing address
If you don't use PayPal, you can email with your order and address information and we will send you an address to mail a check.

If you care to take orders from your workmates/friends through your workplace or social networks, there is a bulk order form as the last page of the file embedded below. You will have to submit this payment with your order by September 21. If you have questions about this, please email ~Venita

(9/10/14 -- Since writing this original post, the Socklady had come out with two new socks. They are Adult Orchid and Adult September Sun. See them at We have contacted those who already have placed their orders to see whether they want to change or expand their orders. ~V)  

Advertising file for 2014 sale

Thursday, August 7, 2014

2013 Tax Return

As required by US federal law/regulations and our own core value of transparency, these documents are the IRS forms that comprise DCIN's 2013 tax return. Our thanks to all who support DCIN's mission of helping diabetic cats.

DCIN's Complete and signed 2013 Tax Returns for public distribution.pdf

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Financial Assistance Program

Please see this post. At this time DCIN is not accepting or considering applications for its Financial Assistance Program. ~Venita

DCIN provides diabetes-related financial assistance to shelters and rescues (and their foster homes) and low-income individuals caring for diabetic cats. The nature and amount of assistance depends on the caregivers' needs and Diabetic Cats in Need's resources. To apply for the program, you must email the requested information to Individual caregivers are usually brought into the program on a probationary basis. DCIN may adjust assistance levels at any time. Non-compliance with program requirements will result in a caregiver's termination from the program.

See also this page for links to other financial assistance sites.

To qualify for financial assistance, a home-based caregiver must be willing to appropriately treat the cat's diabetes. Appropriate treatment includes:
  • Blood glucose hometesting--preshots (before every insulin shot), frequent mid-cycle spot checks, and occasional full cycle curves--and, if Internet access is available, public posting of those blood glucose readings.
  • Low-carbohydrate wet or raw food--unless other medical conditions require a different diet.
  • Insulin injections.
  • Veterinary attention to infections or other situations that cause physical stress.
  • If Internet access is available, active participation on the Feline Diabetes Message Board or the Forums on Diabetic Cat Help or Diabetic Cat Care.
The five bullets above are DCIN's primary requirements for its Financial Assistance Program. If you are not willing to comply with those requirements, you and the Financial Assistance Program will not be a good fit and you should not apply. Your application should discuss whether you are willing to comply with those requirements, and include your user name if you are registered for one of the Internet groups for diabetic cat caregivers.

DCIN's Financial Assistance Program does not finance past costs, and it usually does not cover veterinary costs. It especially does not pay veterinary costs for glucose curves (which caregivers usually can perform at home) or fructosamine tests except in unusual situations. It does not pay for a cat's food or litter. The costs it normally covers are for insulin (which must be prescribed by a veterinarian) and hometesting equipment. And depending on a client's financial situation, DCIN may only cover a portion of those costs and may ask a client to reimburse part or all of the postage for shipping supplies.  

All caregivers requesting financial assistance must provide complete contact information and appropriate information about why there is a financial need. Appropriate information about financial need usually starts with a budget of income and expenses for the household in which the cat lives, which require information for all persons living in the residence, not just the individual applying for assistance. (DCIN may have follow-up questions.) DCIN does not require significant detail; it is trying to get a general idea of need to determine how to best place its limited resources. The caregiver also must explain her/his attempts to obtain financial assistance for treatment costs elsewhere, with the results. (**See Coordination with Other Charity Groups below.)

In addition, a 501(c)(3) organization must provide evidence of its tax-exempt status and a copy of its latest annual filing with the Internal Revenue Service (Form 990 series). A municipal shelter/animal control facility must provide a copy of its appropriated budget for the current fiscal year.

For the application, DCIN also needs:
  • Complete contact information for the cat's diagnosing or treating veterinarian if requesting assistance with vetting or insulin costs. We also need a copy of a current (written within the last year) script for insulin.
  • Complete applicant contact information, including street address, phone number(s), email address, and Facebook site URL.
  • A statement of the cat's condition--including how it was diagnosed with diabetes, any other known or suspected acute or chronic conditions, and all current treatment protocols for diabetes and other medical and behavioral conditions. This statement should include a copy of the results of your cat's most recent blood work, urinalysis, and other lab or imaging procedures done within the past six months, a copy of your cat's insulin prescription, and your cat's vaccination and FIV/FeLV status.
  • The name of the Internet caregiver group you have chosen and your user name.
  • The type of insulin your cat has been prescribed and what hometesting system, if any, you are using. 
  • A current full body and facial picture of your diabetic cat.
  • The number and species of other animals in your care. Please indicate if any of those other animals have special needs.
  • The number of persons living full- or part-time in the residence and their relationship to the individual applying for assistance.
  • Your agreement that DCIN can post the nature of its assistance for your cat on its blog, Yahoo group, Facebook page, and other Internet sites used for DCIN fundraising. If an individual caregiver (not a rescue/shelter) is uneasy about this requirement, DCIN can keep the real names and location of the caregiver and cat confidential by the use of pseudonyms.
Please email the requested information to

** Coordination with Other Charity Groups

Assistance from other charitable groups does not preclude assistance from DCIN. However, such assistance may affect the nature and amount of assistance that DCIN provides.

All applicants seeking DCIN assistance must disclose all assistance they are requesting or receiving for their cat from any national, regional, or local charitable organizations, such as IMOM or the FDMB's Lantus Land Emergency Fund (LLEF). Applicants and recipients also must disclose all such assistance received for the cat in the past year. Those receiving DCIN assistance must disclose to DCIN information about assistance sought or received from other charitable groups while receiving DCIN assistance.

Should a cat, in our opinion, appear to be a "Lantus ISG kitty," DCIN requires a guardian to apply for LLEF assistance before DCIN will become involved. This includes needs that appear not to be "emergency treatment," such as insulin and diabetic supplies, given that LLEF's assistance may include such items. The guardian will need to submit LLEF's notice of assistance or denial to DCIN before DCIN will consider assistance. This requirement applies both retroactively and prospectively, except for cats fostered or adopted through DCIN.

DCIN is Scaling Back

June 5, 2014--

Sadly, Diabetic Cats has to significantly scale back its activities. As of today, DCIN will no longer:
  • Accept or consider applications for its Financial Assistance Program (FAP) or its Shelter Program.
  • Support the needs of most existing FAP or Shelter Program clients once our stock of insulin, testing equipment, and syringes is depleted. 
  • Coordinate or finance the transport of unwanted diabetic cats to new homes except on a very limited basis.
  • Fundraise, except on a very limited basis. 
DCIN will continue to financially support:
  • And try to place our three adoptable foster cats into permanent homes. (As of 7/16/14, DCIN only has one adoptable cat, Sunshine. The others have been adopted by their foster families.)
  • Our two permanent/unadoptable foster cats. (As of 7/16/14, there is only one permanent foster cats because Jibbit died 7/12/14.)
  • Adopted DCIN cats for which we made certain long-term commitments, until we can no longer afford to do so.
  • The needs of our most dire existing FAP clients. 

DCIN will continue its primary Facebook page to allow people to post diabetic cats needing rehoming and supplies available for donation. We will "freeze" our separate DCIN Shelter Program Facebook page and post the shelter courtesy posts on our main Facebook page.

I will keep DCIN's state-based non-profit registration and its IRS non-profit 501c3 designation active should a group of experienced people wish to step forward to resume full-scale DCIN operations. Or there may come a time, perhaps in a year, when I get things caught up enough that, with committed Team members, I can bring DCIN back to where it has been.

I will advise those who make monthly donations to DCIN through Paypal to consider canceling them. I hope that our friends will continue to support DCIN's Amazon Associate programs, which brings DCIN about $300/month and will allow us to help maintain minimal operations. If DCIN's available funds or continued donations are unable to finance its irrevocable operational costs, I will pay them personally.(As of 7/16/14, all sponsors have been contacted and only a few have cancelled their subscriptions.)

WHY, I am sure you are asking, is DCIN scaling back?? This is not a money thing. Our donors are extremely generous. It's a time and quality of life thing for me. DCIN has lost one managerial Team member and will soon lose another, and I am not capable of managing the workload their absences leave. DCIN's ongoing Team members have asked to take on more responsibility, but I have never had the time to develop an appropriate training process. Same thing with those who have recently volunteered to join the Team. Advising on the financial needs of a cat with diabetes takes feline diabetes experience. It also takes a knowledge of DCIN's processes and budget, and it is solely my fault that I have not been able to appropriately communicate the processes and budget to the DCIN Team.

I sincerely thank the current and past DCIN Team members for their tremendous efforts for DCIN's mission. I wish I could have had the process better organized so that their jobs would have been more clear and easy. Every single person that has volunteered with DCIN over the years has a heart of gold and I owe each and every one of them more thanks than I could ever express.

I also sincerely thank all those who have supported DCIN through the years in myriad ways, including donating money and supplies, fostering and adopting unwanted diabetic cats, sharing and commenting on our Facebook posts, or just praying or sending best wishes for our efforts. You and your knowledge of and care for the extra-sweet kitties will keep the movement alive.

Please remember. Feline diabetes is not a death sentence, and all cats that are diagnosed diabetic deserve appropriate care and loving caregivers, and many many of them will live long and happy lives, even if they do not go into remission, which most will with appropriate diet, insulin, and hometesting.

~Venita, Founder and Director, Diabetic Cats in Need

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Animal Outreach-JD

April 2, 2014-Handsome JD is a diet controlled diabetic at Animal Outreach in Cape May, New Jersey. Yes you heard right, this fluffy tuxie is diet controlled and not on insulin right now. This 9 year old sweetie came to Animal Outreach from Burlington County Animal Shelter where he was diagnosed.  Eating only Fancy Feast Classic pate, Friskies Classic pate, and sardines in water, JD is running in the 60's and 70's when his blood glucose is checked.

JD is a timid boy who loves to be brushed, and snuggles into cozy beds. He does hang out with a few of the older cats at Animal Outreach and is getting along well with them, but meeting new cats seems to cause him some stress. In his forever home, a slower introduction to any resident cats would be a good idea. It is not known if he is good with dogs.

Please contact Eileen at Animal Outreach if you would like to give JD a permanent home!