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  1. Lindsey and the Beast

    Lindsey and the Beast New Member

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    Beast is a 9 year & 10 month old neutered male. His symptoms were weight loss and increased thirst/urination for 4-6 weeks I would estimate. After getting blood work done, the vet called and said he is diabetic. He told me his glucose count was 408 (not sure the measurement unit) and he said anything above 300 is abnormal. He told me he was going to have another test run to confirm it, and then he would call me back about treatment. Now that it is late on Saturday night I don’t anticipate a call until Monday, but I want to help him as much as I can in the meantime. I picked up a few packets of high-protein gluten/grain free wet food, a bag of potato/grain free dry food(fussie cat brand), and grain free blue wilderness treats. He likes the treats, I tried mixing the new dry food with his normal food (Hills healthy advantage oral+) but he is not interested. He has always refused wet food, my other cats eat it, so I don’t know if I will be able to get him to eat it. I tried putting his old food on top of it and he won’t touch that either. I will update this thread as I hear back and he begins his insulin regimen, any tips/advice/support are appreciated in the meantime! I fully intend on monitoring his blood glucose levels at home so send your recommendations for products, methods, etc. I have had him since I was 14 and he was 6 weeks old, and my heart is broken to know he isn’t feeling well.
     
  2. Sharon14

    Sharon14 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Lindsey, welcome to you and Beast! If you can get Beast to eat a low carb wet food, that would be best. I’m not familiar with Fussie cat brand, but the only low carb dry foods I know of are Young Again Zero, and Dr Elseys Clean Protien.
    http://catinfo.org/ Is a site with a wealth of info on feeding your cat. It has a great section on transitioning your kibble addict to canned food. Check it out and come to the Feline Main Health Forum and ask any questions you have.
     
  3. LestatsDad

    LestatsDad Member

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    Hi and welcome to you and Beast. Hope things go well for you both!
     
  4. Lindsey and the Beast

    Lindsey and the Beast New Member

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    Update: he became lethargic and stopped eating and drinking so we took him to an emergency vet. He was admitted for DKA, they said they expect him to recover and be able to go home in 2-3 days. Send him positive vibes, I feel like he is in good hands but can't help but worry.
     
  5. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Oh no. Sorry he's so sick. Good thing you recognized something want right.
     
  6. Sharon14

    Sharon14 Well-Known Member

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    Sending prayers and healing thoughts for Beast
     
  7. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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    I hope the vet can get your kitty over the episode of DKA as quickly as possible. He's where he needs to be right now. :bighug:
     
  8. LestatsDad

    LestatsDad Member

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    Sorry to hear that. Prayers that Beast gets over the DKA.
     
  9. Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith Member

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    Welcome! Sorry to hear Beast has DKA, I hope he can recover quickly :bighug:
     
  10. Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith Member

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    Lindsay how is Beast today?
     
  11. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear about Beast's DKA episode. :(

    Before they discharge him, be sure to ask them to send you home with some anti-nausea medication to give at home to make sure Beast keeps eating OK (Cerenia or generic ondansetron). It might also be a good idea to ask for a supply of appetite stimulant meds for the same reason. If they're not needed, that's great, but they are beyond helpful to cats who need a little bit of support with eating during convalescence after a bout of DKA.


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