A Diabetic Cat and Blood Glucose Readings

The thing that is most annoying about being a diabetic cat is the constant testing of my blood sugar so that the proper dosing of insulin can be determined.  The human has changed things up quite a bit, and is now trying to keep my insulin doses as consistent as possible.

We Diabetic Cats Must Endure This Twice a DayBefore, there was quite a big discrepancy between the dose I would get if my blood sugar was high and what I would get when it was low.  Now, the human has made it so that there is only a one unit fluctuation between the dose I get when my blood sugar is very high and what I get when it’s lower.

Here’s how I’m dosed:

  • Below 50 — no insulin because the risk of me going into insulin shock is too high
  • 51-150 — 5.5 units.  Oh, if only this diabetic cat would have blood sugar readings here all the time.  Both the human and I would be very happy
  • 151-250 — six units.  Most of my readings have been in this range.  It’s not ideal, but it’s still not high enough for me to have to deal with the worst effects of insulin.
  • Over 250 — 6.5 units.  Here, the human and I are hoping we can keep it below 300, because that is where bad things start to happen to diabetic cats.

The past 50 readings have ranged from a low of 71, with a high of 392.  Even the high was much lower than the 500 where my blood sugar was when I was first diagnosed as a diabetic cat. The Insulin Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Gets

My average blood sugar over the past 50 readings has been 241.  The human is going to stick with the dosing we have for now, but if I do not get lower readings, he is thinking of upping the dosing by half a unit.

He wants to keep my dosing relatively consistent, and with a one unit spread between the highest and lowest dosing, he thinks he has.

If anyone who has some expertise in feline diabetes has some suggestions, the human and I would be happy to hear them.

Thanks for your continued well wishes.  I send you happy paw taps and head bonks for caring about this diabetic cat!

Humans Have Questions for a Diabetic Cat

One of the things I like doing the most is helping humans who are caring for diabetic cats like me.  Often, when a feline family member is diagnosed with diabetes, their humans have many questions.  Now remember, I can answer general questions.  But always check with the humans in white coats for specific directions related to your feline’s care.

The first question I will answer comes from a human whose friend just received the news that her cat has diabetes.  The human who cares for this feline wants to do everything she can to take care of her diabetic cat, but she is dealing with medical issues of her own.  She is on disability, and she has two kids and two other cats that she must take care of.  Because of this, she is concerned that finding enough green paper things to pay for the insulin and syringes her feline will need is going to be a problem, and she is looking for help.

Diabetic Cats In Need Helps Humans who Need Financial Assistance For their Diabetic CatOne of my favorite organizations that helps felines is Diabetic Cats in Need.  The mission of this organization is “helping diabetic cats and their people.”  These wonderful humans have a financial assistance program, and the amount of help provided will depend on their resources as well as the ability of the human caretaker to pay.  Humans who are having trouble paying for their diabetic cat’s care can turn to them for help.

My next question comes from a human who received the news that her feline Skitty is a diabetic cat.  She is worried that Skitty will react to the twice daily insulin shots and stop liking her.

You are a very kind human to worry about Skitty starting to dislike you because you give her insulin.  But here is a little secret.  Generally, because the insulin needles are so thin, we don’t really feel them.  Those don’t bother us. A Diabetic Cat Gets His Insulin Shot

The ear sticks for blood sugar testing bother me more, but I have learned to tolerate them.  The human has also gotten better at giving them to me so that they do not hurt me as much.

But I do not love my human any less than I did before he started injecting me with insulin and giving me blood sugar tests.  Every morning, I still hop up on his bed and start kneading the pillow he is not using.  Then when the lighted box starts making noises, I give him sandpaper kisses to get him up.

Sad My Fellow Diabetic Cat Nelson Is Gone

My Fellow Diabetic Cat Piper

You will remember that I told you about the wonderful feline Dexter the Therapy Cat.  There are approximately 200 therapy cats in the United States, so that makes Dexter one very unique cat!

Dexter is not the only feline that his humans take care of.  They were taking care of not just one, but two diabetic cats!  And both of them are older cats, so that meant that these humans were very kind to take in these felines.  Older cats have a strike against them, and diabetic cats complicate things more.  Only very special humans would take in cats like these.

My Fellow Diabetic Cat PiperPiper was living with humans who could not commit to treating him, because they were traveling a lot.  One of his humans is a pilot, so when Dexter’s humans said they would take Piper in, he was flown directly to them.  He is an alpha cat, and loves his current humans on his own terms.  Since being adopted by his current humans, he has gained back all the weight he lost due to being a diabetic cat who wasn’t being treated.  And he is a feline that actually says “nom nom nom” when he eats!

The other diabetic cat who was sharing a home with Dexter until recentlMy Fellow Diabetic Cat Nelson Has Left Usy was Nelson.  Nelson, in addition to being a diabetic cat and a senior cat, was a black cat.  The poor feline basically had three strikes against him.  But something about his picture spoke to the human who would adopt him.  She called the Cat’s Cradle Shelter in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and flew to Washington, DC to meet him.  This cat, who had been diagnosed with feline diabetes at nine, quickly worked his way into his human’s heart.

She said that she wished he was three instead of 13, because he had so much love to give.  And because of his diabetes, he had neuropathy and dilated eyes, but other than that, Nelson was healthy.

Sadly, Nelson’s health took a turn for the worse recently.  At first, his humans thought that he was getting better, because they did not have to give him insulin for many days in a row and they were only giving him a small dose when he needed it.  But Nelson was not eating as much, and his human took him to the humans in white coats because they were concerned.

My Fellow Diabetic Cat Nelson Has Left UsAfter multiple visits, Nelson was diagnosed with a very rare condition called chyloabdomen.  This was very bad.  Poor Nelson was accumulating fluid in his abdomen, which is why he was not eating.  When he went to the humans in white coats that made the diagnosis, nearly three pounds of fluid was drained from him!

Nelson’s humans were torn.  They were forced to consider surgery for Nelson, with the odds uncertain since the condition is so rare.  Or, because they were seeing the special light that Nelson had dim, they could take Nelson to the humans in white coats one last time to show the ultimate act of love a human can show a feline.

Sadly, Nelson’s condition worsened, and they were left with no choice.  Last night, they took Nelson to the humans in white coats one last time, and he got one last shot to help him go peacefully.  Still, Nelson managed to defy the odds.  His personality shone through enough that he was able to get a human to adopt him despite being a senior cat with diabetes with black fur.

I am sad that Nelson is gone, but I am happy that he and his humans got to enjoy a little over a year full of love and happiness together.