The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

Remember how a little while ago I had a blood sugar reading that scared my human, and made him wonder if something was wrong?  He saw a blood sugar reading of 50, which is a reading that diabetic cats like me normally don’t see.  He couldn’t administer any insulin, because that might have taken me into a hypoglycemic state.  So he fed me, and when my blood sugar went up, he felt much better.

Diabetic Cats Like Me Sometimes Ride a Blood Sugar Roller CoasterWell, yesterday, we had the opposite experience.  Remember, diabetic cats like me ideally end up with blood sugar readings in the 100s.  If it’s between 200 and 300, that’s okay, but not great.  And anything above 300 is definitely bad.

Yesterday morning, we had a blood sugar reading that was way too high.  It came in at 502.  So my human was worried.

He gave my my morning insulin shot just like he always does.  And he was hopeful that the insulin would do what it was supposed to do and bring my blood sugar level down.

Well, with the evening test, it was much, much better.  The blood sugar level came in at 211, which is acceptable.  We would like to see it drop a few points, to below 200, but when you can cut a level like the one we saw yesterday morning down to around 200, it is definitely a good sign.

We are very hopeful that the high blood sugar reading was an outlier.  And in a few days we will know.

The hard thing to do is to figure out why my blood sugar levels spiked.  And it’s likely we will never know.  I didn’t do anything differently than I normally do, so my human has no clue as to why it spiked.

But that is one of the challenges that diabetic cats like me face.  Sometimes, our blood sugar will spike even though nothing has changed.  As long as those high readings are not too frequent, it is something that’s tolerable.

Enjoying a Fun Caturday

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat and Jacey on the Balcony

Hello, my furiends.  Today is Caturday, and I am enjoying a fun day.  I like to remind you humans that diabetic cats like me need a little more attention and care than cats without the disease, but that we are just as fun and playful as any cat.

I started off the day with my typical routine.  My human wakes up at the same time every day so that he can give me my insulin shot.  I know when that will happen, so I sit on the nightstand and wait for him to wake up.  Well, this morning, I decided I wanted to have some fun with him, so I hopped onto the bed, sat down next to his head, and started to purr loudly and give him sandpaper kissesBagheera the Diabetic Cat Loves Sandpaper Kisses

When I do this, he smiles and gives me a few pats, but he does not wake up.  He may be only human, but he knows that if he gets up when I do this, I will do it earlier and earlier.  So all I get to do is bond with my human a little.  I will take it.

Of course, after my human’s alarm went off, he got up, and gave me my food, took my blood sugar reading, and gave me my insulin shot.  This morning’s blood sugar reading was still a little higher than where we want it, at 223, but it is lower than the danger level of 300.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat and Jacey on the BalconyAnd then the fun really began.  Today is the day where my human waters the plants out on the balcony, so guess what Jacey and I got to do?  We got to observe to make sure he did it right.  That is always fun.  We nibbled on some catnip and Jacey ate some decorative grass.  But then it got really interesting when a hummingbird came by and decided to investigate one of the flowers.  Both Jacey and I wanted to pounce on the bird, but our human didn’t let us.  He made us go back inside for a bit.

Silly human.  Doesn’t he know that diabetic cat or not, I want to pounce on birds and that I am nature’s perfect predator?

Well, I hope my Caturday gets even more fun and that you have as much fun as I will!