Diabetic Cats Becoming A Family Tradition

“Human, did I hear that right?”

“What did you hear, Bagheera?”

“I heard you talking to your father.  I thought I heard you saying that there is another diabetic cat in the family.  Did you say that one of his cats is a diabetic cat like me?”

“Yes, I did, Bagheera.

Two Diabetic Cats in the Human Family Must Endure This“Does this mean that the poor guy will have to endure the ear sticks and insulin shots that I have to?”

“Yes, Bagheera.  That is the treatment that diabetic cats need.  I am helping my father learn from my experience.  The first thing I did is send him the less expensive testing kit instead of the one that I first used when I started treating you.  There’s no reason to use a testing kit where the strips cost about a dollar each when there is one that costs around $0.30 each.  And I told him he has to start giving wet food, even though the other two felines in the house will attempt to consume it.”

“Human, do you think that your father could have kept his cat from getting diabetes?”

“Well, it’s hard to say.  But he certainly was overweight and that could have contributed to it.”

There have not been many studies about how diabetes develops in felines, but given that the treatment is very similar to that of humans, it is likely that the contributing factors are the same.  Some of the contributing factors to humans becoming diabetic are:

  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Age
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • High triglyceride levelsThis can help keep your cat from becoming a diabetic cat

Feline diabetes is likely caused by similar conditions.  The easiest thing that humans can do to prevent their felines from becoming diabetic is keep their weight under control and make sure they are active.

One great way to do this is to play with us.  We felines love to play, and we love it when you humans help us play.  It helps keep us active and it keeps us from becoming overweight.

To try to keep your felines from having to endure the insulin shots and ear sticks that diabetic cats must tolerate, keep them active.

The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

I hope that everyone is having a good day so far.  It’s been a while since I wrote about my blood sugar levels.  The biggest challenge a diabetic cat and its human face are keeping blood sugar levels in check.

The non-diabetic blood sugar range for cats typically ranges from 50 to 130.  For diabetic cats, we like to try to keep the blood sugar between 100 and 180. Diabetic Cats don't have to worry too much!

For humans this is way too high, incidentally.  For humans, the threshold where complications start to result from excess blood sugar is generally recognized as 140.  That level for you human is where you start to run into trouble with your pancreas and other organ damage can occur.

Diabetic cats like me can handle a lot more blood sugar.  The renal threshold, which is where excess glucose spills from the kidneys into the urine, is somewhere between 180 and 270.  And 300 is considered the level where diabetic cats will start to really show problems like weakness in our legs.  For cats, who like to jump on things — just ask Jacey — this is a really bad outcome.

My human changed the treatment protocol a little bit, based on a study which was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.  Yes, there is a scientific journal that covers feline medicine.  Pretty cool, huh?

The roller coaster of a diabetic cat's blood sugarLast week, my human increased my dosing according to this protocol.  I am now receiving five units per injection, which I get at twelve hour intervals.  And while I’m not seeing the results I really want, where my blood sugar is between 100 and 200, I’m seeing an average blood sugar reading of 269.  That’s below that 300 number.  I am hopeful that it will get lower soon on this dosing level, but if not, my human will increase the dosing.

What is most interesting is that all of this testing and dosing doesn’t take a lot of time.  It takes my human about ten minutes a day for everything.  So having a diabetic cat like me doesn’t really increase the amount of time you need to spend caring for us.  My human spends so much more time playing with me than he does taking care of my diabetes!

Diabetic Cat Mai Thai Needs Your Help

Hello, everyone.  There is an absolutely beautiful diabetic cat located in New Jersey who needs a new home right away.  Here is her story.

Mai Thai is a pretty black and white cat who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of three.  She was lucky and went into remission for two years.  Unfortunately, in March 2008 was put back on insulin and is currently receiving three units of Lantus twice a day.
Adopt Me!

Mai Thai is eating two cans of Fancy Feast tuna or chicken in gravy and gets dry food throughout the day.  Hey, that sounds like me!  And just like me, she doesn’t like the diabetic food.

Mai Thai is front declawed and spayed.  This sweet indoor only cat loves to perch by the window or sit by the door.  She likes people but is not fond of small children.  But if you have small children, she will not attack them.  Instead, she will jump high enough that they won’t bother her.
Mai Thai is a Diabetic Cat who Needs a New Home

Mai Thai loves to play and will follow you around.  When she is following you, you can count on her enjoying being petted or brushed.  And she won’t cuddle with you, but at night, she will sleep at your feet and talk to you.  She’s very loving.  Just look at that face and tell me you’re surprised.

Mai Thai’s current human rescued her in 2004.  Then she got married in 2009, and her husband does not like Mai Thai.  My human has long said that if it comes down to the girlfriend or the cats, the girlfriend is leaving but apparently some other humans do not feel that way.

In 2010, Mai Thai’s humans started a family, and she went to live with her human’s parents.  That was supposed to be a temporary solution, and when the human babies were born, Mai Thai was supposed to return.  But now her human’s husband has said he does not want Mai Thai to come back and has banished Mai Thai to the basement.  Jerk!

Can you help this sweet, loving diabetic cat find a home?  If you don’t have room in your home for her, maybe someone you know does?