Bree4Sushi
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Oct 18, 2019
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Gender:
Female
Birthday:
Sep 16, 1983 (Age: 36)
Location:
Minneapolis, MN

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Bree4Sushi

New Member, Female, 36, from Minneapolis, MN

Bree4Sushi was last seen:
Oct 18, 2019
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    Gender:
    Female
    Birthday:
    Sep 16, 1983 (Age: 36)
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Member since:
    2018
    Hello all! My name is Bree and my lil' darlings name is Sushi Bean. She was diagnosed as diabetic in 2017 and I have been managing her treatment ever since by changing her food and administering insulin (more below).

    Sush [soosh] is a friendly, intelligent and endearingly neurotic lil' beast. She is talkative and animated and I've gotten to know her very well over the years, but especially since she has been diagnosed. I adopted her as a kitten at a local shelter in the summer of 2007 and she lived with my grown cat (Nevi, RIP) for about 5 years. When Sush was 3 yrs old I was gifted a dog from my Aunt (kind sentiment by my aunt, but ill-informed - don't gift animals!). I mention this because the dog would sneak eat the cat's food and create an anxious space around the food area. The dog was adopted to a lovely home with a family friend when she was 1.5 years old, but Sush continued to scarf ALL of her food in one sitting, something she had started when the dog was in the house. Sushi began to gain weight and I then moved to measuring her food and over the years went from once a day to twice a day feedings with 1/4 wet: 3/4 premium (Blue Buffalo) cat food.

    Post Diagnosis:
    The first thing I did was switch her to a full wet diet with carbs under 10% based on the recommendations on CatInfo.org (love that site). I have found Fancy Feast Pate to be the easiest diet appropriate food. She eats 1.5 cans, twice a day now (12 hrs apart). Switching was no problem and she has dropped weight. She has no other health conditions at her initial or follow up visits as of 8 months ago. Although I think that she is in pain sometimes, the vet couldn't find anything causing it.

    Insulin:
    I have always only used Lantus insulin on my vets (as well as CatInfo and this site's) recommendation. Her initial bs curve was roughly 300-500, the vet recommended 2 units twice a day for the first few weeks and then decreasing it to 1 unit twice a day. After 6 months of treatment she was beginning to go into remission and the vet recommended doing 1/2 unit once a day until it leveled out. It did level out and I was able to stop giving her insulin for a few months, but then I needed to move home for a few months to help take care of my mother and her bs shot back up to over 300. Now I monitor her and administer roughly 1/2 to 1 unit, twice a day. She ranges from 90-275 now and I would love to have her go into remission and stay but I'm not sure how to? Hence my renewed presence on this forum, that I have found to be more in-depth and knowledgeable vs. my vet to be honest. I also am on a very limited budget so vet visits have decreased because of my ability to afford it and that the visits were not able to find out why Sush is in pain and how to address it, along with why she vomits more often now. So I have turned to diving deeper into this myself.

    Thanks for reading and big hugs to everyone on the forum!

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    Sushi Spreadsheet
    Sushi Bean, Sush [soo-sh] for short / 12yo / Diagnosed: 8/17 / Lantus: 1unit x 2day / Meter:CVS Health Advanced /1.5-3oz can Fancy Feast Pate x 2day /no other meds or diagnosed conditions as of this year.