Friday 13th

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Those of you who follow my blog regularly will know that I adore my kitties. Unfortunately today I had some bad news. Daisy had been diagnosed with diabetes. I knew something was wrong earlier in the week when she started drinking and urinating excessively so I took her to the vets and she underwent extensive blood and urine tests. The results came back today and it was the worst possible outcome… She had three times the normal amount of sugar in her system and is now having to have twice daily insulin injections, which me and The Bloke are going to have to administer. I’m devastated that my little friend has got yet another thing wrong with her…

If any of you have any advice, I’d love some right about now… It’s certainly Friday 13th!!!

19 thoughts on “Friday 13th

  1. I am so sorry that your kitty is poorly, my neighbour is a vet and I spoke to him today and diabetes in animals is as normal as it is in humans, everything from cats to horses, as long as they get the injections and a strict diet they are fine. If you contact Cats Protection they maybe able to help with the vets bills as I know that it can get very expensive. Are you doing the blood glucose levels, as the human ones are just as good, my old blood test kits I give to my vet friend so he can give them to families with diabetic animals. Just to let you know if you were Jewish you would look on as 13th being a good day. 🙂 Give the Kitty a kissy from me.

  2. I know you are too but I’m doing some research. So far I’ve seen not to worry – a good long life can be lived. I will search out more ……. so sorry. I love my kitty too. More than anything …….

  3. That’s horrible. I am so sorry to hear Daisy is suffering. I hope her diabetes gets under control quickly. You are such a good owner to be so attentive to her change in habits. I wish I had some advice for you, but I’m clueless about this.

  4. As we have cats as well, I can relate to this. Plus I can relate to the diabetics as well, however not on the cat level, William my partner is diabetic. Not sure how Daisy would like to to stay away from starch and low GI food. The way I see it, Daisy is with the correct people who will love and take great care of her. Ivan

    • Sugar are not just refined sugars like you have in your coffee or on your cereal. Sugars enter the body through carbohydrates. Take a small bit of bread, chew it then dont swallow but put it in the side of your mouth leave it for 5 minutes and you will see how sweet the carbs from just bread is. Cats need hi carbs and proteins because the need a lot of power in their muscles for all the activity they get up to. Unlike humans, who some are born with faulty pancreas need insulin from birth or a young age, older people me included can get age onset diabetes where the body becomes to large for the amount of insulin it can produce, so insulin needs to be added via injection or pump or tablets given to force the body to increase the amount of insulin it produces. I am diabetic, I weighed 22 stone, I am now 14.6 stone and my blood glucose levels are perfect and have been for over a year now. In animals the insulin and the production of it is almost the same. Hope that helps 🙂

  5. Awwwww, poor kitty! I don’t have any advice per se, but I know people who have diabetic cats and need to give them insulin injections, and they’ve been doing fine for years! It’s certainly not ideal, but it’s something one can manage really well these days. I hope this helps a little.

  6. Our cat (a tortoiseshell, like yours!) was diagnosed with diabetes last year. We learned how to deal with it very quickly and she was fine with the injections and the ear pricks we did to check glucose levels at home. BUT!! She has gone into remission and no longer needs the injections! Ask your vet about this. It does not happen in humans but if you get the cat on a low-carb, wet food diet and are religious about the insulin, within a few months the pancreas can heal itself. I don’t want to get your hopes up too high but our Roxie has been off insulin for 7 months. I still check her glucose once a week or so but it’s great!

    If you don’t know about this message board yet, check it out–you’ll get a lot of help:
    http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/

    Let me know if you have questions!

  7. You can do it!!! My Chase has Diabetes. He was diagnosed a year ago. I give him shots twice a day. I guess you could say we were fortunate because both my sons are Type 1 Diabetics. We knew Diabetes inside and out before Chase was diagnosed. I always hated needles, and 6 years ago my youngest son was diagnosed. They checked us both into the hospital for 2 nights so that we could learn to manage his disease. It was a hard thing to learn how to give my son shots, but I had to do it so that he would get well. He was starving to death because his body wasn’t getting anything out of the food he was eating. My older son was diagnosed a year later. Then we found out about the cat last year. You can do it, Suzie. You really can. We are blessed because Chase is an excellent patient. He comes and waits for his shot. It’s so much a part of his routine now. He’ll even turn around and get into the “picking up” position. I make his shot times special. I give him kitty treats. When he is done, I pick him up for his shot. He gets lots of hugs, snuggles and kisses before and after the shot. Then I even sing him a little song and tell him how much I love him. Then I put him down and give him more treats. He looks forward to it because he gets treats (he loves his food). I know you can do this. I had to learn how. Daisy needs you to do this. It will help her get well, and it will keep her with you longer. She needs the insulin to get the nourishment from her food. Ask your vet if you should change anything about her diet. Chase gets a canned food now, and I also bought him a low grain/high protein dry food. Please ask me if you have any questions. Hugs and best wishes. Give Daisy a hug, too. Donna

  8. Suzie, I’m so sorry! I know this is so stressful for you and your kitty, but it really will be okay. Give her lots of extra love….she needs to feel secure right now.

    (kitty hugs to you and kitty)

    Shrimp (& human)

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