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  1. Hudsonsmom

    Hudsonsmom New Member

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    Hi Everyone!

    Hudson is a 10 year old female domestic long hair that I rescued 3 years ago. She weighed 20 pounds when I brought her home. I got her down 14.5 so far and 2 weeks ago she was diagnosed with feline diabetes after I noticed she had been extremely thirsty and peeing a lot.

    She is on Lantus insulin 1 unit twice daily. I purchased the kit to test her and that will start next week. I changed her food from Wellness grain free to Tiki Cat grain free.

    I am completely new to this. I have never had a pet with diabetes so I look forward to sharing and learning with you all.

    HM
     

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  2. Deb & Wink

    Deb & Wink Well-Known Member

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    There is some nice basic information in this post, for new members.
    Sticky New? How You Can Help Us Help You!

    Lantus is a good insulin. Which test meter did you get?

    Did you want some hometesting links?

    Anything else you want to know?


     
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  3. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Senior Member Moderator

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    Welcome to FDMB.

    I suspect you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. It's where all of us started out and there truly is a lot to learn. That's the bad news. The good news it that it all becomes routine pretty quickly.

    This is the main forum. Once you get situated here, there is also an insulin support group (ISG) that is specific to using Lantus. In addition to the post that Deb linked, this is the link to the Lantus board. There are sticky notes at the top of the board that will provide a great deal of information about Lantus and its use.

    The FDMB community is a group of people who are very generous with their time and their knowledge. Please let us know if you have questions. We're here to help.
     
  4. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Lisa and Witn (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome to FDMB. So far you are off to a great start. Lantus is a very good insulin and your starting dose is great. I'm also glad to see that you were going to start home testing.

    A low-carb can food diet is what we recommend to help get glucose levels under control. Most dry foods are high in carbs. We understand that is not easy to convert a cat that is used to eating dry food over to eating canned food, but it can be done with a lot of patience. You want to look for foods that are less than 10% carbs. Here is a link to food charts so you can find lower carb foods http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/threads/dr-pierson-new-food-chart.174147/
     
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  5. jt and trouble (GA)

    jt and trouble (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! This is the best place to help you help Hudson! Hes VERY lucky to have you as his caregiver. Listen to the folks here and you will have this mastered in no time! :coffee::)
     
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  6. Deb & Wink

    Deb & Wink Well-Known Member

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  7. Hudsonsmom

    Hudsonsmom New Member

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    Hi!

    I have the AlphaTrak2. So far, it is going okay except her BG was high even after giving her insulin for over week so the vet had me increase it by .5 units. So we shall see.
     
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  8. Hudsonsmom

    Hudsonsmom New Member

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    Hi - thanks! Tiki Cat is low carb wet food.
     
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  9. Hudsonsmom

    Hudsonsmom New Member

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    Yes, sorry - I am still working through COVID19 - from home - but due to that I am always on message boards. Sorry!
     
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  10. Deb & Wink

    Deb & Wink Well-Known Member

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    Glad to hear from you again! Hope things are ok with you and yours.

    We have a great color coded spreadsheet, for tracking the blood glucose tests. Template you copy, so you don't have to "reinvent the wheel". Directions include setup from a pc, tablet, smartphone.
    Setup instructions are here: FDMB Spreadsheet Instructions
    What it all means is here: Understanding the Spreadsheet/Grid

    You can even share it with your vet, via email. It's a nice tool for tracking all sorts of things. When you link it into your User Id Profile "Signature", it lets us see a "view only" version. Only you have the ability to update the SS, in your google account.

    Working through this virus outbreak has been tough for so many people.
     

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