A Call with the Veterinarian

So my human had a call with the veterinarian this morning.  They are not going to make any changes to my insulin dosing.  My human wanted to know if they would ramp up the insulin dosing a little for when my blood sugar goes over 300, but they said they were concerned Veterinarian with Catthat it would cause the blood sugar to drop lower than they want.

It didn’t help that my human was bad one day where this group of readings was taken.  He normally comes home for lunch and gives me and Jacey more food.  But he couldn’t that day.  Naturally, my blood sugar levels dropped a lot.  When you don’t eat, your blood sugar drops.

So the veterinarians saw that reading and it concerned them.  That’s why they didn’t want to change things.

They consider me a fairly well regulated diabetic cat.  Of course, my human is not satisfied and he probably won’t be until my blood sugar levels are close to normal

But I think I’m going to have to swat some sense into him.  He told you about Clyde’s struggles yesterday, and he is still fussing?  What a silly human.  I know he wants the best for me but sometimes, he is so silly.

He should be happy.  The veterinarian said that I am doing okay, and instead of fussing, he should be happy.  I will have to teach him to be more cat like.  We are generally content when things are okay.  Or maybe he should go do more yoga.

But I think I’ll keep him around.  He does care for me and I have to remember that he’s only human.

What do you think about my human or my dosing?  Please tell me and please share this story!

Blood Sugar Update

Well, lately, the blood sugar readings have been moving around more than we want.  They are not as bad as they used to be, where they would spike into the 500s, but they are above that 300 threshold.

We had a number of good ones, but that ended on yesterday morning.  On the evening of the 18th, we had a blood sugar reading of 236.  But then yesterday morning, it jumped Bagheeraabove to 322.  Last night it was at 321.  And this morning was 351.

I still feel a lot better than I used to, and this is nowhere near where my blood sugar was when I was diagnosed with diabetes.

But this shows the challenges that humans must deal with when they try to keep their feline friend’s diabetes in check.

Diabetic cats are definitely worth it, though.  How can you say no to this face?

Meet Clyde

In order to help you humans learn more about diabetic cats, I am going to introduce you to some other cats who are fighting diabetes like me.

Today, I would like to introduce you to Clyde.  Clyde is a polydactyl diabetic like me.  He is a mature cat, and turns 15 on April 7.clyde

He didn’t get diagnosed with diabetes until he was 11 1/2.  He went in for his senior exam during the summer, and everything looked great.

But then his human noticed that he was urinating a lot.  He was going so much that instead of absorbing the urine, the litter would just puddle.

Clyde’s human had to play detective, because Clyde was living with his litter mate Bonnie, a feral rescue named Simon, and a cat named Nellie who crossed the rainbow bridge last summer.  But Clyde’s behavioral changes made it easy.  Since Clyde had to go so much, he started going outside of the litter box.  And he started to lose weight, dropping two to three pounds very quickly.

His human was worried, and took Clyde to the vet in September, just a few months after his last visit.  A new blood test showed that he had diabetes — his glucose readings were off the chart!  The vet prescribed pills for Clyde initially, hoping that this would get the glucose under control.

Clyde, however, had other ideas.  His human says that Clyde is not one who likes taking pills.  Plus, they had no effect.

So Clyde’s human decided to go to insulin, specifically Humulin N.  His human’s vet had some good results with this insulin, and they hoped that Clyde would react well, too.  Initially, the insulin worked well for Clyde, and he would be tested a few times a week and the dosing adjusted accordingly.  The lucky guy didn’t have to deal with two ear sticks a day like I do!

Unfortunately, despite the initially positive results, poor Clyde has never been what you would call well regulated.  For a few months his glucose readings are under control, and then they crash, so his human has to stop dosing him.  Then they spike too high.

But his human is persistent, and observant.  She has learned to tell by Clyde’s behavior whether his blood sugar is too high, or too low and then she takes him to the vet for testing and a dosing adjustment.

Clyde has had a problem with urinary crystals throughout his long life, and his human doesn’t know if that’s related to the diabetes.  And his litter mate Bonnie, who is not a polydactyl, hasn’t faced the same challenges as Clyde.

But despite his challenges, Clyde is a loving and affectionate cat.  He loves to lay on his human’s couch with his two canine friends, who are Labradors.

So Clyde has different challenges than I do.  But just like me, he is a loving and affectionate cat.  We require more work than most cats, but for the right human, we make purrfect pets!

I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.