About to adopt a diabetic cat

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  1. Victoria&Ricco

    Victoria&Ricco New Member

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    Hi Everyone! After losing my absolutely amazing cat Nando to CHF and HCM, I am about to take the plunge again and adopt a beautiful senior cat with diabetes. I figure if I could keep Nando alive with severe heart disease for 6 years past his "6 months to a year" diagnosis, I'm up for a challenge and Ricco was rescued from a high kill shelter because his previous owners couldn't deal with his diabetes.
    So I'm at square one trying to figure all of this out. He is currently on Lantus and I need to buy a glucometer. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the choices in meters out there, any suggestions?
    Thanks so much!!!
     
  2. Yong

    Yong Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Victoria and Ricco!
    So great you are rescuing a sugar kitty! You can make a post on the Main Health to get more opinions on glucometer :). I'll post as soon as I see it ;)
     
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  3. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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    Welcome!! Kudos to you for giving this lucky kitty a chance. We can help. See you over on the main health forum. :)
     
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  4. Victoria&Ricco

    Victoria&Ricco New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Yong, if you need any advice on the cardiomyopathy, let me know. Nando made me into pretty much of an expert!
     
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  5. Teresa & Buddy

    Teresa & Buddy Well-Known Member

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    You will get a lot of help from these ladies, I don't feel as knowledgeable as these ladies.

    I am happy to see you adopting a cat, that a lot of people would not try. I'm sure this kitty will be wonderful.
    We are happy that both of you are here and you will receive a lot of help.
     
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  6. CatMamaG

    CatMamaG Member

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    Good for you! Thanks for adopting a diabetic cat.

    The AlphaTrek (for pets) & the Walmart ReliOn (for humans) are popular choices. I went with the ReliOn, as the test strips are cheaper, but the numbers will be slightly different (tho people here have experience with that).
     
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  7. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to FDMB! It's so great that you are adopting a senior cat, and one that is diabetic, to boot! I have no doubt that Ricco will do well in your care. :):)
     
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  8. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Omg that's so awesome!!!! You're an angel. We are here for you every step of the way!
     
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  9. Beenie

    Beenie Well-Known Member

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    Welcome and so amazing that you're opening your home and heart to a older sugar kitty!!! You've come to the right place!!
     
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