I'm Wendy and my cat is Serena

Discussion in 'Welcome to the Group - Post an Introduction Here' started by Wendy Domino, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Wendy Domino

    Wendy Domino New Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Hi my cat Serena just got diagnosed with diabetes and I'm feeling overwhelmed.
  2. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2017
    Welcome, Serena and Wendy. We all start out overwhelmed. It will get better! You have found a good place to get help and support.
  3. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    Welcome to you and your kitty! :) We can help. You must have a million questions so go post them on the main health forum where lots of people will see them. Let us know:
    • what insulin you're using and the prescribed dose
    • whether you'll test blood glucose at home and, if so, what meter you'll use
    • what you feed your kitty
    • any other meds, health issues she has.
  4. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    It is overwhelming. I cried many times the first week.... Then it becomes routine. I promise it gets easier and we are here to support you and answer any questions.
  5. Anne-Callie

    Anne-Callie New Member

    Aug 31, 2017
    Callie was diagnosed 3 weeks ago I too was very overwhelmed but it is getting better I thought it would be impossible because she is definitely not a lap cat and does not like to be handled. We are in a routine now and she actually waits for me to pick her up and give her her shot.It will get better.Don't give up you can do it.
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  6. Yong

    Yong Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Welcome Wendy and Serena! :cat:
  7. Wendy Domino

    Wendy Domino New Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Thank you guys for the warm welcome. I really feel guilty in a sense... in telling you all this, but I realized after a few days that she needed to be put to sleep.

    I was prepared to give shots morning and night. That wasn't the big deal, and was no more complicated than say, giving pills. I would have sacrificed a lot for my kitty. I loved her very much. I am single and I have a full time retail job that doesn't pay a lot. I knew it was going to be challenging but the more I researched the more I realized it was more than just challenging.

    As the only person who would be doing the treatment if I did treat her, if anything happened to me (car accident, a bad case of the flu, hospitalization for any reason), etc. she would suddenly go without medicine. Also with the syringes, the test strips, the sharps containers, the lancets, the extra vet visits, the wet food, etc. and after being financially wiped out by another pet having to have a surgery recently, I realized I couldn't afford all that, at least not on a consistent basis.

    Even if treated she would have been suffering because of the risk of overdosing medicines, and possible complications. She had a heart murmur already as well and had been diabetic for a long time apparently but I hadn't realized it. This had obviously done damage. I used to have another animal (a ferret) who went through many similar symptoms to what my cat would have been experiencing so I am not new to this game. My ferret had insulinoma and I remember having to rub corn syrup on her gums to bring her out of hypo, etc. and I didn't want Serena to go through that.

    I called my cat Serena smiley face because she had an almost perfect smiley face on her belly. Her fur had a unique texture. She was soft and velvety and had a completely different texture to her littermates. She was a talker. she would hold 'conversations' with me. She would meow, I'd meow back, and so forth. She reminded me a little bit of Luna from Sailor Moon because she had a fairly prominent white locket on her throat that reminded me of the yellow moon on Luna's forehead. Anyway... I will miss her. She was a really good kitty.

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