One of the biggest challenges of being a diabetic cat is keeping the blood sugar in check. And remember, having the blood sugar go too low is a far more dangerous immediate threat than having the blood sugar go too high. A diabetic cat like me can survive for a while if my blood sugar is too high. But if it drops too low, I could get very sick and need to go to the hospital.
So the challenge is staying in a safe range. If I am slightly too high, it is tolerable, even if it’s not good in the long run. But if it drops too low, that is very dangerous.
Well, lately, my middle name has been danger. We do not ever want the glucose levels to drop below 40. In that situation, I could enter a hypoglycemic condition, which is a medical emergency. Today, that is what happened. I greeted my human at the door, just like I do normally when he gets home. I was the normal happy and playful cat that I usually am.
So he was very surprised when he saw my blood sugar was all the way down at 40! He was very worried, and thought I might be very sick. He immediately checked for signs of hypoglycemia, which are, in order of severity:
- Lack of coordination
- Convulsions and seizures
If I had shown any of the more severe signs, he would have taken me to see the humans with the white coats, and they would have likely treated me by giving me a solution of distilled water and dextrose. But I did not show any signs of having a hypoglycemic episode, so my human just fed me and observed me.
I am eating noms right now, and that will take care of any problem. But it was not a pleasant situation for my human. This is why humans with diabetic cats need to keep a close eye on our blood sugar levels.