Our Diabetic Cat

 

Say hello to Sam.

Sam is our cat of eight years come this February. He has what I’d consider a stereotypical cat personality in that he wants your affection on his terms. He may not be the cuddly creature that Tito is (Jordan’s kitty), but he still loves you…in his own way.

For the past little while we’ve noticed a difference in him. He drinks and pees a lot and has lost weight. Still eats though. So we finally took him to the vet since it seemed like it wasn’t changing.

And we found out, Sam is diabetic.

wow.

Never in my wildest dreams would I think we’d be having to give a cat insulin shots twice a day for the rest of his life. Granted, having to do that as a human is way worse, but still, it’s pretty awful for this poor kitty that we now have to change and monitor his life style and poke and prod him daily.

From what they’ve told us, once we monitor for a month or so and get his insulin leveled out, we won’t have to constantly test his blood sugar, but the shots will always be a part of his routine for the rest of his life. Puts a bit of a cramp in the lifestyle if everyone in the household ever wants to leave. It’s kind of a lot to ask of a neighbor to give your cat shots, ya know? As it is right now, Kass is the one giving him the shots. Me and shots don’t jive. I was queasy while we were there. Kass has taken a phlebotomy class and has worked needles before. We’ll all need to do it eventually, but for now, Kass is my girl. :)

So yesterday’s vet experience was a bit overwhelming in understanding everything. We have a follow up tomorrow with the [owner] vet who is extremely thorough and will make sure we truly understand it all.

I know it may be small in numbers, but I wanted to know if there are any of you that have to deal with diabetes in an animal. Any thoughts or tips you might have about caring for your pet would be awesome. I’m sure we’ll be looking online too.

Chalk this up to one more of those ‘weird things’ that seem to be happening in my life this year. I’m soooo done with it all!

2017-11-08T05:33:29+00:00November 8th, 2017|everyday|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Robin Gibson November 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Kerri, so sorry to learn about your kitty having diabetes! He’s in good hands though! You can do this!! You’ve raised kids!!:)))
    While I’ve never had a diabetic cat, I have had my share of doggie health problems. I used to sit with my boxer Abby, in front of the tv each night, while giving her subcutaneous fluids (a needle in the fatty layer of her neck), to combat kidney failure. She was a trooper, and it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Oddly enough, the animals seem to adapt to their issues well before we do! :)
    I’ve also had to give my Great Dane Saffy an injection into her thigh for arthritic joint pain, which helped her immensely! Again, not as bad as it sounds:) Done right, (as with your kitty’s insulin injections), over quickly, and they shake it off and go back about their business! :)
    Sounds like you have a great vet that will make sure you are well educated & comfortable with what you need to do for Sam.
    I think he’s in good hands:) While this will be an adjustment for you all, many animals live long HaPpY lives, even with medical conditions like this, just as we do, with proper treatment.
    Trust me, he will adjust sooner than you think! And so will you:)))
    Once his dosing gets adjusted to stabilize his blood sugar, this will just be a regular part of your routine in caring for him. Like putting out food & water for him. Or cleaning out the litter box. You will see! It will all be ok!!:)))

  2. Shawn November 8, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Kerri,
    Our kitty Max was diagnosed a little over a year ago with diabetes. They told us he was borderline and once his diet was changed we might not have to keep giving him insulin but unfortunately even with the weight loss and low fat diet he still needs insulin twice a day.
    I was not at all excited to have to give him shots twice a day either but please know that it has now become so routine that at dinner time and breakfast he knows that if his spoon is in the bowl that it’s time for his shot and he just sits down and waits. I never thought it would get that easy but it’s a habit for him now too.
    I always rub him where I’m going to give him the shot first and then insert the needle and inject the insulin remove the needle and then rub him again. I actually think that 90% of the time that he doesn’t even feel it.
    My sister in law is our pet sitter when we’re away and she’s even gotten comfortable with the process so please don’t lose hope that no one else will be willing to do this.
    Please let me know if I can answer any questions at all I’m happy to help.
    FYI we get his insulin at Walgreens it’s even a few dollars cheaper than Costco along with the needles.
    Good luck and know that you will all get thru this just fine:)

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