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10/5/10 8:37 A

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Arwen is 9. She takes 2 units 2x a day. I can give the shots, but I don't like to.

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10/4/10 11:37 P

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Thor is now pretty stable on 9 units of insulin twice a day. However, his sugar was up this past Friday but Dr. Gail feels it was from the stress of going for his blood test as he's not having any symptoms at home. He just turned 6 years old in Sept. we celebrated o n my birthday, the 14, as we're not sure what day he was born on. emoticon

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10/2/10 11:19 P

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IN this case better late than never; I hope the furbabies mentioned in this thread are OK. My prayers are with both of you; BONNIJEAN & ANGELBELIEVER.

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Thanks for the good wishes. I talked to the vet's tech this morning and he is not eating or drinking, so he's not going to the bathroom either. We hope he'll start eating when he gets hungry enough. They said it could be a reacation to being in the kennel, which he has never experienced before. He's never been away from both of us in his life. He must be scared too.

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6/9/09 1:57 P

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I had a kitty quite a few years ago and she was diagnosed with diabetes. I freaked as well because I don't do needles. But....I did and I gave my baby her shot every day. She has passed to the rainbow over the brige now but should I ever have another kitty with diabetes, I will do what's necessary to treat her as well. Hoping all works out well and you get your baby regulated on the insulin. Susan

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6/8/09 10:12 P

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So glad I could help both of you! When Scout was diagnosed, I freaked out and flew into a panic. I thought for sure I would have to put him down. I had no idea where to go for support, although my vets were very sympathetic. So I'm glad I can give back, and I hope you are both very successful in your treatment of your kitties!

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LMB100, thanks for letting me now about this team and the feline diabetes web page.

I belong to another Cat Lovers team here. Didn't know we had two with the same name! I'm glad to be here. emoticon

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6/8/09 10:01 P

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Bonniejean, Out kitty Thor has been diagnosed for 2 months now. He was getting i shot a day and is now up to 2 units twice a day. He was admitted to the vet's today as he has become more symptomatic. He was urinating all over too and threw up today. He had only been on 2 shots for a week. He needs more insulin. Plus the vet feels his pancreas has shut down. Yes, it's expensive in the beginning, but I also am told once he gets regulated it'll be better.
I wish you luck with your baby. Keep us posted. emoticon

Without insulin their life expectancy is very low and they will suffer.

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6/8/09 6:30 P

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I wonder about people who think those comments are funny.

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6/8/09 6:25 P

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Geez.... I got those crappy comments too

"It's only a cat... I would just put it down and not bother with the trouble"

I'll take that shotgun, but not for the cat!

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6/8/09 6:20 P

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I mentioned my cat when I was waiting for a meeting to start today and a coworker offered me a shotgun. Argh!

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6/8/09 2:48 P

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Wishing you the best of luck with your baby

Matt 6:34 - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.





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Best of luck to you. Things will work out. God takes care of us all.

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You're welcome! And good luck! Keep us posted!

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LMB100,

Thanks so much for all the good information.

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good luck with your baby

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Oh, and one other thing... if Arwen's eating dry food now and you switch her to canned food, you may want to start brushing her teeth if you don't already, and maybe add a plaque reducing crunchy treat to her diet. Dry food also serves as a teeth cleaning agent, and canned food does not. My Scout now needs his teeth cleaned by the vet, which will be expensive, because I didn't know this before.

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6/6/09 12:46 P

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Bonnijean,
Please be assured that you do not have to go broke, nor is this a death sentence. My cat is diabetic also and he gets two insulin shots every day. At first I was horrified at the idea of giving shots, but it's really pretty easy. The hardest part about all this will be getting the insulin dose regulated to what will help Arwen best. There will be some vet bills in the beginning as you take her in for blood sugar tests fairly often and while the insulin is getting regulated. But once that happens, the cost shouldn't be too painful.

My vet charges $24 for a blood sugar test, and we now have them done about once every three months. We were going bi-weekly at first, then once per month, for about the first six or nine months. I pay about $20 for a bottle of Novolin NPH insulin at Walmart. This is important because I found out that Walmart gets a special deal from Reli-On, who makes the insulin and needles that I use. Every other pharmacy wants twice that. You do not need a prescription, you just go to the pharmacy and tell them what you need. My cat gets two shots per day, at 1 unit per shot, and that little bottle of insulin lasts me about 6 months. The needles come in boxes of 100 for about $13. Each needle can be used twice, so that's 200 doses, or a little over 3 months.

The other thing I did was change his diet. The vet didn't think it would matter much, but saw no harm in switching, and I feel that it helps keep his sugar down. He was getting dry food, and we switched over to canned, because it has a better ratio of fats to proteins to carbs. Cats need LOTS of fat in their diets, and a diabetic cat needs low carbs. Dry food has far more carbs than canned. Scout gets one 3 oz can of Fancy Feast twice a day. It's a little more expensive than dry food, about $6 for 12 cans, so it's about $1 a day to feed him.

For giving the shots, he gets his shots at the same time as his meals. I found the easiest way to do it is to feed him, let him occupy himself with the food, then tuck him under my arm and stick him in the back of the neck. It takes all of about 2 seconds, and he doesn't even notice it. I dispose of used needles in an empty milk jug, and when the jug is full, I give it to my vet and he disposes of it properly with his own medical waste, at no charge to me.

Scout is 8 now, and we've been doing this for about 5 years now. Unless Arwen has other health issues, whether or not they are associated with the diabetes, there is no reason why she should have any different life expectancy than any other cat, as long as you keep her on insulin. Without the insulin, I don't know. I imagine a diabetic cat not on insulin would develop the same kind of problems as a human diabetic who doesn't take insulin.

There is a good website that I went to when Scout was first diagnosed. It gives lots of great information about pet diabetes in general and how to manage it, as well as message boards, and a whole listing of carb contents of various cat foods. It also talks about ways you can do blood sugar tests at home and avoid the vet bill. Check it out: www.felinediabetes.com/

And good luck! emoticon

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I am so sorry and I have no idea. what does the vet say about all of this? Maybe google it and see......cats and diabetes? Something will work out; I am praying that it will.

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The vet confirmed what I suspected. We're supposed to learn how to give shots today. DD is helping with the vet bills, but this news is stressing me because my DH is laid off. My paycheck barely covers the mortgage.

Arwen (kitty) is only 8 years old. Does anyone know what her life expectance will be with insulin? Without?

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