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How I Was Diagnosed With Feline Diabetes, by Guiness the Cat

Hello, this is Guiness the Cat. Today I'd like to tell you about when I found out I had .

Back on September 6, 2012, I woke up feeling quite puny with some kind of infection. I didn't even want to eat treats. Debbi promptly called the vet as soon as they opened, and hauled me in for an 8:30 appointment.

When Debbi is out the door in time to get somewhere by 8:30, I know it's serious. It's hard for me to get her out of bed by that time just to trudge to the kitchen to feed me, much less get her dressed and on the road.

The vet gave me a steroid shot, which took care of the infection and helped my appetite, so I did start eating when I got home. But he called Debbi the next morning and told her that all my blood work came back good except for my blood glucose. He wanted me to fast and come in to check it again.

I was feeling pretty much normal by that time, and I was NOT okay with being starved to death, or with making another trip back to the vet for more blood work. But Debbi listened to the vet instead of me, deprived me of food for hours upon hours (7 or 8 at least!), and hauled me off again.

After the blood test, the vet told Debbi I had feline diabetes, and I would need insulin shots two times a day and should go on a high protein, high fiber, low carbohydrate diet.

Debbi wasn't really very surprised. Over the past little while, she had noticed me drinking lots and lots of water and going through lots and lots of cat litter, besides being constantly very, very hungry. She definitely noticed me being pretty demanding about being fed frequently, especially at six or seven o'clock in the morning. If getting in her face, maohing loudly and persistently, and poking her with my paw didn't get her out of bed, walking back and forth across her and standing on her stomach usually did.

Those are all symptoms of feline diabetes. I was very blessed that my diabetes was caught early, before any major damage had been done. If you have a kitty with those symptoms, don't delay to have it checked out because diabetes can be very serious. But if diagnosed in time, the disease can be managed and your kitty may be able to continue living a very happy life like me. After two years, the vet says my blood glucose is under "excellent" control, and I'm doing great at 17 years old.

At first I didn't mind trading kitty cat junk food with all it's corn and carbs in for yummy wet food. Now I miss it like crazy. I love kitty cat junk food!

Except for a few bouts of hypoglycemia where my blood sugar dropped really, really low, being deprived of junk food is the only complaint I have. I tolerated Debbi's fumbling with the injections at the beginning (I'm such a good kitty), but she soon became a very good shot giver. I love shot time, and purr through it almost every single time. It doesn't hurt a bit, only takes a second, and I get treats, and loving, and lots of praise.

I even don't mind getting my ear pricked to test my blood glucose level. Well, okay, sometimes when I have a hypoglycemia episode and Debbi sticks me over and over and over until she gets my blood glucose back in a safe range, I do get a little tired of it, but I put up with it. I do protest by refusing to purr, though. I get lots of yummy kitty cat junk food with corn, and maybe some cheese or a little milk because those raise my glucose level pretty quickly, and are so much more pleasant than having corn syrup poked in my mouth--for both of us. Debbi doesn't find that fun either. Something about sticky syrup and fuzzy black kitty. You know how humans are about cat hair.

Coming up, I'm going to do some tutorials on how to give insulin injections and test a cat's blood glucose level, so be watching for that.

Remember, feline and canine diabetes, like human diabetes, is a chronic illness, and if caught in time can be managed. Don't delay seeing the vet if you have a cat or a dog who is exhibiting excessive drinking, urination, hunger, or weight loss. In fact, that's pretty good advice for humans, too, if I do say so myself.

Sincerely, Guiness the Healthy and Happy Diabetic Cat


Content (c) 2014 by Guiness the Cat. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved, and all that other stuff humans say.

Image Credit » Photo (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

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Feisty56 wrote on October 1, 2014, 2:58 PM

You are one fortunate cat to have a human like Debbi caring for you. I'm looking forward to learning about the insulin shots and how to do an ear prick to test feline blood sugar.

BarbRad wrote on October 1, 2014, 3:59 PM

Guiness, that post is so helpful I'm going to promote it. Great job. And i know a lot of cat owners will be waiting for your tutorials.

Ellis wrote on October 1, 2014, 4:08 PM

Puts a whole new meaning to 'prick up your ears'...

bestwriter wrote on October 1, 2014, 9:53 PM

This is Lolly the stray. Grace madam,- I call her that - seems to know what leads to diabetes. I truly like what she gives me. I wonder what your food was. What is that junk you are talking about. May be I could try it out too? Once or twice I guess will not do me harm :tongue:
And incidentally I do not like me being called a stray. I have given so many hints that I want to be called just Lolly. May be once I start lying on her lap that could be the day 'stray' would be eliminated. I have yet to do it. Wish me luck. :) meoow

bestwriter wrote on October 1, 2014, 11:25 PM

And just to tell you how comfy I am read here

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 2, 2014, 1:49 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Stray? What did you stray from? I have always walked the straight and narrow myself.

I am sure you would like junk food. It comes in pretty bags at the grocery store and has lots of yummy corn and cheap fillers that are very bad for kitties, despite what all the pretty commercials would have you to believe. Some of the cat food companies even claim their junk food is good for you. It isn't, but it still tastes yummy.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 2, 2014, 1:58 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. I'm hoping that since Debbi got her new camera, she'll get some better pictures than she did with her cell phone the last time SHE did pictorial tutorials, but so far she hasn't managed it despite all the time I wasted today posing. It's hard to get good help these days, you know. Now that she can video me (in HD even, as I so rightly deserve), I can replace her multiple photo tutorials--you know the ones I'm speaking of, that got trashed on a certain site--with something much better. I write so much better than Debbi, you know.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 2, 2014, 2:01 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Aw, you're so sweet. I've met a new friend at that other place who was just diagnosed with feline diabetes, and his mom has a lot to learn. I'm updating Debbi's old tutorials (you know, the ones that used to have cute pictures of me that don't anymore) to try to help them. I hope they find them here.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 2, 2014, 2:05 AM

It sure does, and boy have I had mine pricked on occasion when I've freaked Debbi out with glucose readings of 28. But if Debbi does it right, it doesn't hurt much, kind of like when humans prick their finger for a drop of blood. The main thing is getting my ear warm and pricking in the right place. That, and treats.

bestwriter wrote on October 2, 2014, 2:18 AM

Actually Guiness I do not belong here. In fact I belong to none. I stray here there and everywhere. Wherever I go I am welcome but here I am welcome the most. Got it? :) I get to eat a handful of pedigree - actually that is bought for Preiti but Madam saw me flicking some from her bowl. Now I get my own. I get to drink milk, chicken claws pressure cooked, rice and soup and my most favourite fish. Would I still want to taste junk I wonder.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 2, 2014, 2:27 AM

This is Debbi, Lolly. Don't listen to Guiness. Your diet is much healthier than junk food. Good kitty. Now excuse me. Some potato chips are calling my name.

bestwriter wrote on October 2, 2014, 4:36 AM

emoticon :grin:

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2014, 7:17 AM

I didn't know cats could suffer from such a thing. I am glad it was caught early. You are a very brave kitty not to let this disease get you down!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 2, 2014, 11:45 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Yes, I am very brave, and filled with resolve. Diabetes will never stop me from taking over the world!

BarbRad wrote on October 2, 2014, 12:35 PM

Your mom should try to contact your friend's mom through FB or Twitter, if she can, to give her the links, including a referral link, and invite her to join PP.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 3, 2014, 12:22 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. I'll tell her to see if she can find her real name.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 3, 2014, 12:23 AM

P.S. Thanks for the Tweet, Barb. You're so sweet.

JanetJenson wrote on October 3, 2014, 2:23 AM

Just glad you are doing so well now, Guiness, and this is from both Poof the cat and also me, Janet.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 3, 2014, 2:34 PM

Hi, Poof. It's great to hear from you. You, too, Janet. I'm doing really great for a cat my age. I don't know why people think 17 is old.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 3, 2014, 2:37 PM

Hi, Ruby, this is Guiness. Once I had my diabetes under control, I have been doing great. A few months ago, I had a toothache and the vet stole three of my teeth (without my permission, I might add). But once I got over that, I've been feeling good, and I've gained back the weight I lost.

Bethany1202 wrote on October 6, 2014, 12:37 PM

Guiness, thanks for helping other cats and cats' humans recognize the signs of feline diabetes. I'm glad you were diagnosed early and are well! : D

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Educating other diabetic cat parents has been important to both Debbi and me ever since I was first diagnosed and we were both very scared and looking for reassurance on the internet. In fact, Debbi's very first online article was about that.

Bethany1202 wrote on October 7, 2014, 1:19 PM

It's wonderful to help others. Thanks for raising awareness and providing info for others. : )

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 9, 2014, 11:45 AM

You know, for a long time, when I was younger, I didn't know cats could get diabetes. Glad you have a great owner taking care of you!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 9, 2014, 3:58 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. At lot of people are surprised that cats can get diabetes. (So can dogs, by the way.) In fact, I've had some pretty insensitive comments on different posts at times from people who think I'm joking when I talk about getting insulin shots. It's a good thing I'm a laid back kitty who doesn't get my feelings hurt easily.