How I Was Diagnosed With Feline Diabetes, by Guiness the Cat
Hello, this is Guiness the Cat. Today I'd like to tell you about when I found out I had diabetes .
Back on September 6, 2012, I woke up feeling quite puny with some kind of infection. I didn't even want to eat treats. Debbi promptly called the vet as soon as they opened, and hauled me in for an 8:30 appointment.
When Debbi is out the door in time to get somewhere by 8:30, I know it's serious. It's hard for me to get her out of bed by that time just to trudge to the kitchen to feed me, much less get her dressed and on the road.
The vet gave me a steroid shot, which took care of the infection and helped my appetite, so I did start eating when I got home. But he called Debbi the next morning and told her that all my blood work came back good except for my blood glucose. He wanted me to fast and come in to check it again.
I was feeling pretty much normal by that time, and I was NOT okay with being starved to death, or with making another trip back to the vet for more blood work. But Debbi listened to the vet instead of me, deprived me of food for hours upon hours (7 or 8 at least!), and hauled me off again.
After the blood test, the vet told Debbi I had feline diabetes, and I would need insulin shots two times a day and should go on a high protein, high fiber, low carbohydrate diet.
Debbi wasn't really very surprised. Over the past little while, she had noticed me drinking lots and lots of water and going through lots and lots of cat litter, besides being constantly very, very hungry. She definitely noticed me being pretty demanding about being fed frequently, especially at six or seven o'clock in the morning. If getting in her face, maohing loudly and persistently, and poking her with my paw didn't get her out of bed, walking back and forth across her and standing on her stomach usually did.
Those are all symptoms of feline diabetes. I was very blessed that my diabetes was caught early, before any major damage had been done. If you have a kitty with those symptoms, don't delay to have it checked out because diabetes can be very serious. But if diagnosed in time, the disease can be managed and your kitty may be able to continue living a very happy life like me. After two years, the vet says my blood glucose is under "excellent" control, and I'm doing great at 17 years old.
At first I didn't mind trading kitty cat junk food with all it's corn and carbs in for yummy wet food. Now I miss it like crazy. I love kitty cat junk food!
Except for a few bouts of hypoglycemia where my blood sugar dropped really, really low, being deprived of junk food is the only complaint I have. I tolerated Debbi's fumbling with the insulin injections at the beginning (I'm such a good kitty), but she soon became a very good shot giver. I love shot time, and purr through it almost every single time. It doesn't hurt a bit, only takes a second, and I get treats, and loving, and lots of praise.
I even don't mind getting my ear pricked to test my blood glucose level. Well, okay, sometimes when I have a hypoglycemia episode and Debbi sticks me over and over and over until she gets my blood glucose back in a safe range, I do get a little tired of it, but I put up with it. I do protest by refusing to purr, though. I get lots of yummy kitty cat junk food with corn, and maybe some cheese or a little milk because those raise my glucose level pretty quickly, and are so much more pleasant than having corn syrup poked in my mouth--for both of us. Debbi doesn't find that fun either. Something about sticky syrup and fuzzy black kitty. You know how humans are about cat hair.
Coming up, I'm going to do some tutorials on how to give insulin injections and test a cat's blood glucose level, so be watching for that.
Remember, feline and canine diabetes, like human diabetes, is a chronic illness, and if caught in time can be managed. Don't delay seeing the vet if you have a cat or a dog who is exhibiting excessive drinking, urination, hunger, or weight loss. In fact, that's pretty good advice for humans, too, if I do say so myself.
Sincerely, Guiness the Healthy and Happy Diabetic Cat
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Image Credit » Photo (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.