- Mar 18, 2014
- October 25
- Phoenix, AZ
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- October 25
- Phoenix, AZ
Merlin is my daughter's, Alex, cat. She found him at the Arizona Humane Society when he was two years old. Someone just dropped him off in the AZ Humane Society's parking lot and fortunately, he was waiting at the door when they opened. He turned 19 years old in October, 2015.
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In 2013, Alex and I hiked the Appalachian Trail (2,185.9 miles) and we were gone from home for six months (March - September). My husband indicated that Merlin was losing weight so he took him to the vet one month (August) before we were to come home. He was diagnosed with diabetes. With the initial cost and his age, he was hesitant to proceed. When we got home in September, we took him to the vet again and decided to get the insulin (Prozinc), needles (U40) and tester (AlphaTrak2).
Our vet encouraged to test once in a while but instructed us to give 3u every 12 hours. We made our own chart and tested "once in a while." On March 2014, Alex moved to Hawaii but could not take Merlin. After a few days, I started doing my own research and found FDMB. All of a sudden, I did not feel alone. I quickly, changed food, meters and changed my vet to one that was willing to support my home testing and ideas. Merlin has gone through a lot that all first timers experience. He bounced alot, constipation, loss of appetite, a dental extraction, diabetic neuropathy, and we also found out that he has Stage 3 kidney disease. We would occasionally give him MiraLax (constipation), Pepcid AC (upset stomach and loss of appetite), B12 (kidney disease), and Zobaline (neuropathy). Right from the start, he has been so good with us prodding and pocking him. When we found out he had Stage 3 kidney disease, we tried giving him SubQ fluids but he continued to fight us over a month, so we discontinued that and decided that treating the diabetes would be the priority.
Today, he acts sometimes like a kitten. He no longer has the neuropathy and seldom bounces in his BG number. In fact, lately, his numbers have really improved. Below is a summary.
Units: Sliding Scale
Schedule: 11.5/12/5 or 11/13 Merlin is typically higher in the morning so I shoot 30-60 minutes early.
Food: When Friskies Special Diet Turkey and Giblets (5 carbs & 175 Phos) was recently discontinued we tried several brands. We landed on Wellness Grain Free Turkey (4 carbs & 200 Phos). Since then, his numbers have improved, been more stable and consistent.
Other Meds: Phosphorous Binders