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I'm So Proud of Guiness the Cat

Those who have known Guiness the Cat and me from Bubblews probably are tired of hearing me rave about how well Guiness has accepted getting insulin shots twice a day since he was diagnosed with feline diabetes a couple of years ago, but I am still amazed at him.

Guiness absolutely loves shot time! That certainly wasn't what I expected when I first learned he would have to have shots, but he does. He always comes willingly at shot time. There haven't been more than a handful of times that I have had to go get him. I knew he was sick a couple of months ago when he didn't come when I sat down on the couch to prepare his syringe, even though he was laying only a few feet away.

Guiness knows how to tell time, and frequently starts nagging me fifteen or twenty minutes before the reminder alarm goes off on my phone. Usually he will come sit in front of me when I sit down and open the box containing his diabetes supplies, then watch and wait patiently while I get things ready. The last two shots, he has barged onto my lap before I even uncapped the syringe. (I knew I should have put on long pants first.)

Guiness has always purred through shot time. Now that I'm quite experienced at giving the injections, he doesn't even flinch. He equates shot time with four treats, praise, and lots of loving. It's some of the best kitty love I get all day. He even lays still and purrs through getting his ear pricked when I need to test his blood glucose.

Guiness is such a good kitty. I couldn't ask for a more patient, compliant cat to get stuck and pricked.

Image Credit » Photo (c) 2013 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

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suffolkjason wrote on August 20, 2014, 2:36 PM

What an amazing cat- he has the intelligence to know that the gain outweighs the pain.

Ellis wrote on August 20, 2014, 2:58 PM

It is not like you can even explain to an animal when they have to undergo the unpleasantness of meds...

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 20, 2014, 9:08 PM

He accepts it quite well, and comes to expect this ritual. There have been times he has even demanded it. He's so easy.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 20, 2014, 9:09 PM

Guiness really is an amazing cat, even if he does say so himself. He's still healthy and happy, and his last checkup showed that his blood glucose control is excellent.

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 20, 2014, 11:46 PM

That surprises me that cats with diabetes can have shots just like humans. I didn't know that til now.

BarbRad wrote on August 21, 2014, 3:00 AM

It's amazing how Guiness just seems to know you have his best interests at heart. And I suppose the treats help.

Brenda wrote on August 21, 2014, 9:44 AM

Well Guiness is a very happy and loved camper, We got a new puppy a few months back Rosie is part beagle and part basset hound. We are learning together on training Rosie. She is very intelligent too and is very much a puppy although now she is starting to show signs of trained and toddler age. She has grown double in size and will be midsize before long.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 21, 2014, 1:50 PM

Feline diabetes is very similar to human diabetes, and is treated much the same. Guiness is on a high protein, low carb diet, takes 2 units of human insulin twice a day, and I use a human glucose monitor to test his sugar by pricking the edge of his ear. Normal blood glucose levels are almost identical to humans, too: 70-120.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 21, 2014, 1:52 PM

I don't know about appreciating my having his best interests at heart, but who cares when there's treats?

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 21, 2014, 1:53 PM

Oh, how sweet. Guiness sends purrs.

Feisty56 wrote on August 21, 2014, 4:04 PM

Hmmm, I don't know...if you gave me four treats, praise and loving, I might happily lie still for injections, and I don't even need them!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 21, 2014, 10:27 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. I use insulin needles, so it doesn't hurt a bit. Most of the time, I don't even feel it. But don't tell Debbi that, or she might cut down on the number of treats.

bestwriter wrote on August 21, 2014, 10:59 PM

Probably the good effects of those injections makes him come back. Animals are wonderful beings. I have this stray cat - I have named his Lolly - comes at 6 in the morning and then at 12 noon. I feed him. Then he gives me his company for a while and then walks out only to come again the next morning.

BNelson wrote on August 21, 2014, 11:09 PM

What a good brave cat. I remember when my parents had to give their cat insulin. My mom was a trained nurse too but that cat would hide.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 21, 2014, 11:57 PM

Cats do like their routines.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 21, 2014, 11:58 PM

Guiness has been a dream kitty with his shots. It sure wasn't what I was expecting the first time.

chatombreux wrote on August 22, 2014, 12:26 AM

It sounds like he has made the connection with feeling better and the shot. Very smart boy!! I'm 'sjerzgirl' on Bubblews.

WordChazer wrote on August 23, 2014, 8:51 AM

Ok, seeing as Guiness will probably slap me down for my comment on his post, I'll as you here. Please give him a hug from me right around his next shot time. He's the only moggie I know who would behave like that. Maybe he's realised that the shots make him feel better, who knows?

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 23, 2014, 10:38 PM

Guiness is truly amazing about how well he takes his shots. I don't think he really feels the stick unless I do it wrong. I inject him under the skin without going into the muscle, and insulin needles are very fine. He thinks its all about treats.

Tuffy06 wrote on August 25, 2014, 8:45 PM

Insulin shots? I think that is the first time I heard insulin shots for a cat.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 26, 2014, 12:47 AM

Guiness was diagnosed with feline diabetes almost two years ago. He is doing excellent, and got a good report on almost everything at his last checkup. He gets 2 units of human insulin twice a day.

Tuffy06 wrote on August 26, 2014, 8:43 PM

I am glad that he is doing fine now. It can be pretty expensive but at least he gets to be healthy. :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 26, 2014, 9:03 PM

Actually, it has turned out not to be that expensive at all. The initial diagnoses did rack up a few vet bills, but as far as his meds, he is on human insulin which is only $25 at Walmart, the syringes are pretty cheap, and I chose a blood glucose monitor that has reasonably priced test strips. I don't have to test his sugar often. He's not on a prescription diet, and he does well on reasonably priced canned food.

JanetJenson wrote on December 9, 2014, 2:42 AM

That is absolutely amazing. You must be a good shot giver. Poof is proud of Guiness, too, and says hi!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:12 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Debbi is an exceptionally good shot giver. Most of the time, at least. I don't have any complaints about that. I do start turning my head after about the 4th or 5th time she pricks my ear within a few hours, but I don't try to get away. Purrs to Poof.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:13 AM

P.S. JanetJenson . I forgot to say that I'm a Such-A-Good-Kitty.

LilyDay wrote on February 2, 2015, 10:14 AM

Yes, cats can certainly tell time. Our youngest has taken to demanding breakfast at just around 6. Then, that should be followed by snuggling up on the bed with the electric blanket switched on (safely tucked under the comforter away from little claws) and PBS (cartoons).

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:26 PM

One very good thing about getting Guiness's blood sugar under control is that he has quit waking me up at 6 or 7 a.m. insisting he is starving to death. Now he usually lets me sleep until 8 or 9.

LilyDay wrote on February 4, 2015, 5:46 PM

The youngest has always been a "first to the bowl" sort of kitty.