I'm So Proud of Guiness the Cat
Those who have known Guiness the Cat and me from Bubblews probably are tired of hearing me rave about how well Guiness has accepted getting insulin shots twice a day since he was diagnosed with feline diabetes a couple of years ago, but I am still amazed at him.
Guiness absolutely loves shot time! That certainly wasn't what I expected when I first learned he would have to have shots, but he does. He always comes willingly at shot time. There haven't been more than a handful of times that I have had to go get him. I knew he was sick a couple of months ago when he didn't come when I sat down on the couch to prepare his syringe, even though he was laying only a few feet away.
Guiness knows how to tell time, and frequently starts nagging me fifteen or twenty minutes before the reminder alarm goes off on my phone. Usually he will come sit in front of me when I sit down and open the box containing his diabetes supplies, then watch and wait patiently while I get things ready. The last two shots, he has barged onto my lap before I even uncapped the syringe. (I knew I should have put on long pants first.)
Guiness has always purred through shot time. Now that I'm quite experienced at giving the injections, he doesn't even flinch. He equates shot time with four treats, praise, and lots of loving. It's some of the best kitty love I get all day. He even lays still and purrs through getting his ear pricked when I need to test his blood glucose.
Guiness is such a good kitty. I couldn't ask for a more patient, compliant cat to get stuck and pricked.
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