Monday, June 21, 2010

Congrats to the Cat!!

Our Big Cat, Nay, was diagnosed with feline diabetes on April 30th of this year. We had to learn to give him insulin shots and prick his ear for blood sugar testing several times a day. When he was first diagnosed he had dangerously high blood sugars all the time. Luckily I found a great web forum The Feline Diabetes Message Board (FDMB)
The people on this website helped us much more than the vet who diagnosed Nay. We learned to use a glucometer, find the right insulin dose, and switch to a catfood that is very low in carbs.  We didn't know that most commercial cat foods are very bad for your pet, even the expensive prescription ones!  The pet food companies fill them with wheat gluten and rice but your pet is a carnivore who needs a diet with meat!  If you want to find out more about cat nutrition, check out Binky's Page A healthy cat food should have < 12% carbs.  Once we switched to Fancy Feast his blood glucose started dropping dramatically.  The FDMB has a protocol for dosing where the cat must earn dose reductions with very low blood sugars.  That part was really scary because sometimes he would get close to having hypoglycemia - too low blood sugar which can send a cat into a coma or death!  Traveling made this especially hard for us; sometimes we were in places with no vet or emergency clinic for many miles.  Other times we couldn't find a pharmacy for his diabetic supplies.  We would go through a $20 box of test strips every week!  And that was using the least expensive test strips we could find!
With the help of FDMB and some long sleepless nights we were able to wean Nay off the juice (OTJ) and he is now in diabetic remission!  Here is a neat video that the folks over at FDMB made for us!  They say he's "gone to the Falls" as a slang term for being on a honeymoon from the diabetes.  Thanks, FDMB!

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