Recently, there has been a situation that I learned of which made me think that many humans do not know what it means to take care of a diabetic cat like me. I post stories of diabetic cats who Diabetic Cats in Need is helping. By the way, you should vote for them so that they can win $1,500 in credit at the Helping Hands clinic in Richmond, Virginia.
I have said that caring for a diabetic cat requires some work and some resources. And I want all of my fellow sugar cats to find homes. But it has to be the right home. Putting a diabetic cat in a home where the humans cannot properly care of them doesn’t do the cat or the humans any good.
So I wanted to let you know what it means to be the two legged caretaker of a diabetic cat.
First, you will need to commit to giving us insulin and testing our blood sugar. The insulin will typically be given twice a day, 12 hours apart. And blood sugar testing should be done at least twice a day. You need to get a blood test before the shots in both the morning and evening. It’s helpful if you get more tests, so that you know what is going on with our blood sugar during the day. But getting a blood sugar reading before our injections is a minimum requirement.
Second, you will likely have to change our diet. We won’t be able to eat the cheap dry food, as it’s full of fillers and carbohydrates. At the very least, you will need to give us a grain free, high protein dry food. And wet food is better. This may mean you need to spend more money on our food..
Finally, there’s the money issue. At Costco, my human has to pay around $130 for the insulin he injects me with. It will last for about three months. Then there are the syringes, which run around $12 for 100 at American Diabetes Wholesale. And you’ve got to pay for the meter and testing strips. The meters aren’t that expensive, and the testing strips will run about $30 for 100 strips if you buy them in bulk.
And then there are the veterinarian visits. If you need to go to a specialist, plan on spending $500. That’s in addition to the normal vet visits that you should do on an annual basis.
All told, I would say that humans who adopt a diabetic cat need to budget $1,500 to $2,000 on top of what cats normally cost. So instead of budgeting $500 to $1,000 for a cat, you need to be ready to spend $2,000 to $3,000.
If this is not a financial commitment you can undertake, then do not adopt a diabetic cat. It does neither the cat nor the human any good.
But if you can afford to spend this, then diabetic cats like me make wonderful and loving pets who will make you very happy you brought them into your home.