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Good vibes and suggestion about regulating a diabetic cat!

post #1 of 14
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I have been fostering a diabetic cat named Skylar. I have another post on here about finding her a home but I need some vibes and some encouraging stories now.

Skylar is a 7 year old little girl. She weighes in at about 7 pounds. We have have her on PZI insulin and things aren't going well... She will do good for a day or two after we up her insulin but then her blood glucose goes right back to the 400-500 range. Were now staring her on 7 units twice daily. The vet I work for says that if she doesn't regulate on this dose were going to have to try a new insulin (humulin-n) The Vet also said that there's only a 50/50 shot that it will work for her....

I took her in because her owner couldn't afford the insulin and was going to put her down. Now its looking like the insulin may not even help her. Has anyone else dealt with this? I'm nervous because the vet said if she doesn't regulate on the 7 units or on the other insulin, she wont regulate at all. I took her in to SAVE her life... now I'm afriad that she's going to wind up right where she started from...

Skylar needs LOTS of vibes and prayers...
post #2 of 14
MEGA doses of vibes and good thoughts for Skylar on the way. I hope she can be regulated on the new insulin. You did such a good deed to take her in.

Unfortunately I have no encouraging words. My one diabetic cat is doing well on a high protein, low carb diet. He hasn't had to use insulin so far.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I forgot to mention that she is currently on Purina DM. What kind of insulin do you use for your cat?

I just dont know if there are any that are better for a cat that's not regulating well. She's had complete bloodwork done and everything was normal. I'm wondering if I should consider testing her for Cushing's disease to make sure thats not playing a part in her inability to regulate...

I just never imagined it would take so much work to regulate a cat on insulin...

The way I see it is, when I took her in, I made a promise to her to do everything I could to get her healthy and find her a forever home... I feel like I'm failing in my promise to her.

I cant imagine she feels all that great when her blood glucose wont go below 360 for more then a day. She's been staying at about 460. I just wish I could make her feel better.
post #4 of 14
I have no advice, only good vibes! I hope she gets regulated and feeling better soon!

Dev
post #5 of 14
Lots of vibes ... and I know a holistic vet who has had great sucess with EVo and diabetes wet and dry
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Shorty14788 View Post
I forgot to mention that she is currently on Purina DM. What kind of insulin do you use for your cat?
Eric is not on insulin. The high protein all wet diet is keeping things under control so far. The vet wanted to put him on Hills M/D, which is the high protein RX diet. I was not impressed with the ingredients. After doing on line research about diabetic cats and diet I started feeding him a non-prescription high protein, low carb all wet diet. His blood glucose dropped from 297 to 149 in three weeks.

Don't feel that you are failing Skylar. You took her in when no one else wanted her. I'm sure she knows that you are doing your best to help her.

More good health vibes and positive thoughts for you and Skylar.
post #7 of 14
I am sure that you are doing everything you can to help her. You have already taken her in and given her a chance she didn't have before.

Lots of good vibes her way.
post #8 of 14
I don't have any experience w/feline diabetes, but my thoughts are with you and Skylar.

I found an article here, kind of related to what Jean44 was talking about...

http://www.catinfo.org/felinediabetes.htm
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Some kinda good news... Now thats she's one 7 units twice daily her blood glucose was at 334 at around... 4 hours after her morning dose. I still have a feeling that her body is going to stop responding to it like its done every time so far... She'll do good for about 2 days... then its back where we started from. Fortunatly the vet I work with let me borrow her personal glucometer for over the weekend. (she was prediabetic, but since losing weight and eatting healthy her glucose has been normal. so she didn't need it for now...)

She has also put on 1/2 a pound!!! Her skinny little self needed it!

This whole M/D food recall has me a little nervous now... My dogs eat Iams and my cats eat Purina. Skylar is on the purina DM. Since Hill's diabetic food was recalled, I'm nervous hers might get recalled. Does ANYONE know if ANY of the foods I am feeding are in any way associated with menu foods?

Iams lamb and rice
Purina one urinary tract health
and Purina DM

If they have ANY thing to do with Menu foods... I'm switching... I do not trust the company anymore since dry food has been recalled.


and please keep sending vibes for skylar... we still need them badly! Hopefully I'm wrong and her glucose will be in the normal range on monday!
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Shorty14788 View Post
Some kinda good news... Now thats she's one 7 units twice daily her blood glucose was at 334 at around... 4 hours after her morning dose. I still have a feeling that her body is going to stop responding to it like its done every time so far... She'll do good for about 2 days... then its back where we started from. Fortunatly the vet I work with let me borrow her personal glucometer for over the weekend. (she was prediabetic, but since losing weight and eatting healthy her glucose has been normal. so she didn't need it for now...)

She has also put on 1/2 a pound!!! Her skinny little self needed it!

This whole M/D food recall has me a little nervous now... My dogs eat Iams and my cats eat Purina. Skylar is on the purina DM. Since Hill's diabetic food was recalled, I'm nervous hers might get recalled. Does ANYONE know if ANY of the foods I am feeding are in any way associated with menu foods?

Iams lamb and rice
Purina one urinary tract health
and Purina DM

If they have ANY thing to do with Menu foods... I'm switching... I do not trust the company anymore since dry food has been recalled.


and please keep sending vibes for skylar... we still need them badly! Hopefully I'm wrong and her glucose will be in the normal range on monday!
Menu foods doesn't make any dry food. The reason that Hills M/D was recalled was because Hills purchased contaminated wheat gluten from the same supplier that Menu foods did. To my knowledge, most companies produce their own dry food, including Hills. The main thing to avoid in dry food right now is wheat gluten.

I'm glad that Skylar is doing a little better now. I'll send some stable glucose vibes.
post #11 of 14
More good glucose reading vibes for Skylar. I hope you can find a combination of diet and insulin that will work for her.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Good vibes WORKED!!!!! Skylar is now regulated on 7 units of PZI insulin! She is also up to 8 pounds! I would have updated sooner but my computer broke down on saturday.... It was killing me to not be able to tell everyone! I'm SOOOOOO happy.

Now I just have to find her a forever home....
post #13 of 14
Congratulations to you and Skylar. That's fantastic new. I hope you can find a home for her with someone who will be as dedicated as you are to helping he and keeping her diabetes under control.
post #14 of 14
Congrats! Good luck with the furr-ever home...the right person will come along soon enough...hopefully sooner rather than later!
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