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- October 18
My name is Janet. I am owned by Bella. Bella's DOB is 1/25/10. She was born along with her brother Edward, during a nasty snowstorm in a barn in West Virginia. I adopted them both when they were about 8 weeks old from a local rescue group. She is a black and white domestic medium haired beauty. She is an inside cat.
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My Bella was diagnosed with diabetes 12/23/17. This was exactly 24 hours after her brother, Edward had emergency surgery for bladder and urethra stones. (Soon to be known as the "Christmas from Hell")
This all began with my third cat, Alice. She was diagnosed with bladder stones the end of November 2017. Alice was put on a prescription diet to break up the stones. (Blue Buffalo WU: Weight loss/Urinary health)
I figured it would be EASIER to put all three cats on the new diet. I made the switch gradually over a two week period. Edward and Alice tolerated the diet change, Bella did not. She started vomiting and seemed to lose weight. I took her off the new diet and put her back on her old food.
(Iams sensitive stomach dried, supplemented by Friskies pate canned) She's a cat prone to hairballs because of her long, fine, hair. She seemed somewhat better for a bit. I did notice that her energy level seemed diminished and her appetite was ravenous. I had switched from leaving food out all the time to having to have controlled feedings throughout the day. All these things added to the her stress I am sure. I did think at first that it was just stress.
The prescription diet did it's job a little too well and Edward had to have surgery to remove a partial blockage in his urethra. The following day, Bella refused to eat and I ended taking her to the vet as well. Her glucose level was elevated (410) and the vet suggested a fructosamine level as well. It came back abnormal. The vet sent us home with Vetsulin and syringes and told us to give her 1 unit twice a day. I was not encouraged to home test. This seemed bizarre to me. She received 1 unit at the vet and we gave her another unit that evening. Of course she refused to eat. We ended up at the emergency vet where she spent 12 hours being monitored. The sent her home off insulin. Her blood glucose averaged around 216 in the clinic. After the holidays we ended up back at our original vet. They instructed us about the low carb high protein diet. They told us to come in periodically for blood work.
A couple of days later I decided we should home test.
After watching some videos and doing some practicing...we figured it out.
We currently use a relion micro meter and test her twice a day, sometimes more depending on what is going on.
She is currently on an all wet diet of fancy feast classics, plus freeze dried chicken treats. She eats anywhere from 1.25-2.75 (3 ounce) cans a day.
The only complication from diabetes has been several "small" readings and one trace of ketones in her urine. I increased her fluids by putting water into her food. I am watching this closely, testing her as often as I can. The vet is aware of these readings.
Bella has been in good general health and is on no other medications. She has always been a "sensitive" cat. She has had complications from medications and vaccinations. No serious complications, just seems ill and has a hard time recovering from them. I avoid them if at all possible.
She is currently off Vetsulin. I have a new vet who ordered Lantus for her and it should be arriving shortly. The Vets current parameters for insulin are .25 Unit every 12 hours if her blood glucose is over 200. Her blood glucose levels have been as low as 80 and as high as 289.
I am a former RN and Massage Therapist. Married 34 years to my partner in crime. I currently work at home as an artist.
SignatureBella almost 8 years old, female. Diagnosed 12/23/17. Formerly on Vetsulin, started on Lantus 1/16/18. Eats fancy feast classic and freeze dried chicken treats. (since 12/26/17) 5-7 small meals a day. Relion micro meter. Bella's spreadsheet