The Curious Case of the Diabetic Cat

 

Well, we are six weeks into the diabetes regiment with Sam, our cat (read the story). It’s been rather a process getting his levels down during the first weeks. We started with one unit of insulin, then went to two and eventually to three when it finally came down to more of 300, but it still fluctuated up to the 400 range.

Still, he was feeling better, not hanging out by the faucet and therefore not peeing gallons and actually started hanging out with us again on our beds. Shocker.

But we still needed to get that glucose level down to a minimum of 150. Kass did some reading and found that people saw a difference by switching to a soft food, like Friskies in a can because there were more carbs in a dry food. So we started mixing half dry food with half a Friskies can to transition him. Once the dry food was gone, we were strictly Friskies.

It has made so much of a difference!

The glucose seems fluctuates between 150 and 250, but I believe it increases if he gets into the kitten’s food dish. There have been a couple times that we didn’t give him insulin because it was at 150 and even went 120 and were afraid to send him off the deep end the other way. We’ve also decreased the dosage in general to one to two units–depending on if he got into the kitten’s food. ;)

The other thing is he has had a significant change in his in-house behavior, which may be in large part to having a kitten in the house. At first, because you knew he wasn’t feeling good, he didn’t like having the kitten close. He’d give us a look as the baby kitty would attack him as if to say, “Really? Will you please take care of this thing?”

But little by little he has warmed up to him and now actually plays really well with him. They even sleep together and, on occasion, have even cleaned each other. It’s been so fun to see the two run around chasing each other. It used to be the baby kitty chasing him all the time and now he reciprocates and chases or attacks the kitten. It has been exciting to his demeanor change so much and get active and playful.

He is almost eight, so all this time we just thought he was a lazy cat, as many cats are. But I think between feeling better and having the youthful zest of a kitten, it has completely turned him around.

just love it.

And now, in just these past few short days, we actually haven’t given him any insulin at all as his levels have been pretty normal. I’m so hoping that this simple change of diet truly has ‘cured’ it.

I think I may go to just checking his glucose once a day because, gosh darn it, I hate having to prick his ears twice a day.

Fingers crossed for a back-to-normal life!

 

2017-12-20T05:50:03+00:00 December 20th, 2017|everyday|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. hgauvin December 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Awwwww, that’s great!

  2. Michelle Bradtke December 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Love that this is working out for you. Wouldn’ it be great if you could manage this thru diet vs. shots?

  3. megbertapelle December 20, 2017 at 11:54 am

    oh poor kitty! and poor you!! So glad he’s feeling better! :)

  4. Jane O'Leary December 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    OUCH!!!! His ears? Geez I thought I had it bad with my fingers! Poor baby kittah!
    Glad it seems to be getting under control. Being type 1 myself his numbers seem good! And yes the dry food has a lot of carbs so switching to wet food sounds like the right plan.
    His picture by the way covering his face is adorable!!!!

    Jane

  5. Yvonne Garrett December 20, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Wonderful news! Kudos to Kass for doing extra research for the fur kid! :)

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