Well it was moderately traumatic, but we all got through it. I had to bring in Marina four times to do the blood glucose test over the whole day. And they determined she needed human insulin and wanted me to bring her in again for the test. I managed to get a bottle of insulin from a friend since it was close to $300 even with the company’s “coupon.” And I bought a blood glucose meter and figured out how to get a drop of blood from her ear. Marina was far less traumatized than I was by the whole process. I now have her stabilized around 200. She eats like a wild thing in the morning. And then it evens out throughout the rest of the day. She’s gained back the weight. She’s not sucking down 3 cups of water a day. And I don’t have to clean out the litter box three times a day. We’re all quite a bit happier now.
I noticed that my cat Marina was drinking more water and peeing a LOT more since about December. I mentioned it when I brought her in to the vets for her annual checkup in February, but nothing else seemed out of sorts and they advised to just keep an eye on her. Well, She weighed around 11.5 lbs in February. I weighed her on my scale and she was about 10.5 lbs in April. I made an appointment right away. She was down to ten pounds 3 ounces at the vets. She didn’t feel right. More like a bag of bones. I was trying not to appear to be worried.
The good news is she only had feline diabetes. Hey I was thinking liver cancer. So diabetes is manageable. And they suspect that we may be able to reverse it with diet. I started her off on insulin shots twice a day this past Monday. Here it’s Saturday and she’s noticeably better. Her fur seems better. She’s not drinking so much water. And when I pick her up, she feels a little more substantial.
Giving the shots isn’t as bad as I feared. I’m not hurting her. The gauge needle is tiny and it’s a fast maneuver. I’m injecting her between the shoulder blades. I’m pinching up the skin, and poking in the side like a tent, and then injecting into the side of the pyramid. One unit twice a day.
I love how she’s got more energy again and trying to mug me for my tuna fish at lunch. She’s meowing instead of silent meows.
We’ve had some fun with the high protein low carb diet. And she’s definitely getting spoiled. If she rejects what I put out, she knows I’ll dump it and put something else out for her. Thankfully, when she does like something, she will eat it. She’s not trying to mess with me.
I did find a high protein kibble that both the cats like. I tried a few different types. They liked X and Y but really didn’t like the expensive Z that was in a refrigerated case.
I’d been trying to feed Winston the same wet food but most of it he didn’t like, and I don’t want him to feel like he’s being punished because Marina got ill. So he’s been getting Friskies Crack Wet Food. And in typical Winston fashion, he didn’t want to eat it because it wasn’t what Marina got and what she had must have been better, right? So then I offer him what Marina has & he rejects it. He’s just being a diva.