My Diabetic Cat part 1
Friday, May 09, 2014
One of my cats, Mac, had something wrong with his back legs recently. I was hoping it didn't have anything to do with the raccoon bite at the base of his tail he got last fall. He didn't seem to be in pain, but it's got to the point that he had trouble climbing into the litter box, so I made an apt for him at the vet.
I was surprised that the vet didn't think there was anything wrong with his legs. She thought that it was a muscle weakness that was the problem. After hearing how much water he drank she took a some blood to test for diabetes. Sure enough the tests came back and his blood sugar was up at 20 (very high).
Today I stuffed Mac in his carrier (he struggles like crazy when I try to put him in at home, but when I put him in the carrier at the vet he goes in happily) and we took him to the vet so she could show us how to give him insulin. It wasn't as traumatic for him this time - he just got weighed, plopped on the examining table and poked in the neck twice. I was a bit horrified when the vet produced an actual syringe and said he would need an injection twice a day. For some reason I was envisioning one of those automatic popper things (my BF used one for his pain meds during the worst of his cancer treatments) not an actual needle. But no, I have to actually stick the syringe in the bottle, measure out 3 ml of insulin, and inject my cat twice a day.
You grab the cat at the back of the neck and pull up the loose skin there. Then, holding the needle parallel to the back (not pointing down) you stick the needle in the skin under your hand where you are holding the skin and inject. I did it once for practice with sterile water at the vet, now I have to do it for real as soon as I feed Mac. You do it after feeding to avoid hypoglycemia. I'll post the results soon!