PLEASE do yourself and your kitty a favor and go to www.felinediabetes.com
. Sign up for the message board (FDMB) and ask any questions you have. That site and the people there helped me to save my Trixters life when he was diagnosed and SO sick! There is a lot to learn with this diagnosis, as I know personally, but you CAN do this!
Most of the time, the pills do not work. Taking away all dry food and feeding only low carb (less than 10% carbs) food can make a HUGE difference. You can find a list on the felinediabetes site, up in the top right corner, in red, Janet and Binkys food chart, which will show you the carb contents of many commercial foods, including friskies, fancy feast, etc. My Trixter only needed insulin injections for two weeks, and with that and the diet change, his pancreas is back in full force and he is in perfect health again!
You can take control of this disease, and prevent insulin overdose, (hypoglycemia, or "insulin shock") which can be deadly, by buying a human blood glucose moniter and testing your cats blood sugar levels at home before each shot, etc. You can also save LOTS of stress and money from vet visits this way. People at the felinediabetes.com message board can help. They will become invaluable to you and your kitty, I promise you that. Please always test before giving shots, and start your cat on a very low dose. I recomend ONE unit of PZI insulin, twice a day to start and monitering closely. There are other insulins available. PZI is what I used and is supposed to be the insulin which most closley resembles cay insulin.
Please go to www.felinediabetes.com
and read, read, read and ask, ask ask. You and your sugar-kitty will be SO glad you did!
~ Bobbi ~