Diabetes Virgin

Discussion in 'Welcome to the Group - Post an Introduction Here' started by JasmineJo, Jan 16, 2018.

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  1. JasmineJo

    JasmineJo New Member

    Jan 16, 2018
    Hi. New here. I've had cats with kidney disease (currently have one), but never had a cat with diabetes. This is a first! Hope to find valuable information about monitoring her glucose level. I'm currently giving her 1/2 a unit of insulin morning and night. I have not been monitoring her glucose level for about a month now. She was going to the vet for that but I purchased a monitor and have to do that myself. Nervous and confused!
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  2. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2017
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  3. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    Welcome! We can help. Post your questions on the main health forum and let us know what insulin you're using.
  4. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2014
    Welcome to you and your kitty!

    To get you started with home testing here are some helpful links:

    Testing and injecting tips (really good diagram here of the testing 'sweet spot' on a kitty's ear)

    Home Testing Links and Tips (helpful 'how to' videos here)

    We also have a very helpful spreadsheet you can use to record your kitty's BG results and monitor her response to insulin treatment. It will also help members here to make better suggestions when you need help. Here are the links you'll need:

    FDMB spreadsheet setup instructions

    Understanding the spreadsheet grid

    If you'd like some assistance with spreadsheet setup just give a shout and we'll find someone to help you.

    It's also a wise precaution to check your kitty's urine for ketones (with Ketostix or similar). Here are some more helpful links for you:

    Testing your cat for ketones

    Tips for collecting urine samples

    There's a bit of a vertical learning curve at first but we'll do all we can to help you both. Just pop over to Feline Health with any questions you have. :)

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  5. JeffJ

    JeffJ Well-Known Member

    Jul 7, 2016
    Welcome to the forum, and to diabetes. We have a lot of good info here, as posted above by Mogs. And we have a lot of helpers providing valuable advice - for free!

    Feel free to followup with questions on the main health sub forum. It is in the list of subforums here:
  6. Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith Member

    Apr 20, 2016
    Welcome to the two of you! What is your kitties name? Congrats on getting a meter, it is definately scarey in the beginning, but with the wonderful folks here you'll get the hang of it in no time!
  7. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2016
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