Discussion in 'Acromegaly / IAA / Cushings Cats' started by Pamela & Amethyst, Sep 19, 2017.
Looking for help and advice Thank you
Tagging @Wendy&Neko for you. She has lots of experience with acro.
There are a number of other acro kitties being treated with cabergoline right now that can also offer information and insight, There is a discussion on this thread about it:
You will have lots of support from lots of experienced acro parents.
Thank you I was just reading the thread that Beenies Mom sent me. I do not understand how she can be an ACROCAT she just did another nose dive after 1 hour from her shot she went down to 117
Acro cats can be unpredictable because the tumour on the pituitary does not always cause the same effects all the time...it can wax and wane. My Tuxie (GA) was a Cushing's kitty, also caused by a tumour on the pituitary, but it affects different functions within the body than acro does. He could go from high to low, run normal numbers for a period of time, go wayyyyy up and then come back wayyyyyyyyy low.
Wendy can give you a much better explanation of how Acro affects the glucose readings.
Thank you! She is dealing with so much for only 4!! She is such a good girl I want to do everything to make her feel better
You are doing a great job. Unfortunately more recent studies have shown that 1 in 4 diabetic kitties may be affected with acro. I don't personally know how high a reading of 100 is in "acro terms" but there are alternative treatments and knowing what you are dealing with makes it easier to understand why the readings can be more difficult to make sense of than with an uncomplicated diabetic kitty. This forum is a wealth of knowledge and experience with acro kitties.
Sorry for the diagnosis Pamela, but at least you now have an answer as to why Amethyst needs more insulin. She is a little young for an acrocat, but I have heard of another at age four. The 100 IGF-1 is on the low side of the range but it is also age dependent. Did you get her tested for IAA too?
The main thing you need to do now is to give her as much insulin as she needs. Increasing safely, like you are doing, will get her there. It's a good thing you have switched to Levemir.
In general, it does look like you are doing your best to treat your kitteh. You are doing a lot of BG testing. It is good to get a lot of readings.
If there is not much variation, you could reduce them. You may consider posting the comments in the right column of the spreadsheet. It makes the sheet easier to read for BG values.
I had Leo treated with SRT last September. It was successful. The info leading to his treatment is in his thread. He was at 18 units/dose by the time I got him treated. We wished we had treated him before that, so that is a regret we have. The acro causes lots of stuff to occur in the body. So if you decide to get acro treatment, it is best to do it as soon as possible.
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