Just joined me and my cat Naps

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  1. Morrigan Phillips

    Morrigan Phillips New Member

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    Hi all,
    Grateful to have found this forum. I've been reading it for a while but decided to join today. My at Naps was diagnosed with Diabetes on November 11th. Since then its been a bit of a stressful journey. He's currently on 5 unites of Lantus 2x a day and eating a high protein diet. After having him stay at the vet a few times for glucose curves the vet and I decided to have him tested at home. So I got a glucose meter and supplies and did a curve at home. It did not go well. His first reading was 325 (after his first meal before insulin). After his morning does of insulin his glucose number went up, not down. It continued to go up throughout (though never above 400) the day until 4pm when it started to go down. By the evening it was back to 325 but went up again two hours after his evening insulin dose. But intersetingly he didn't have a lot of symptoms. Really for the past week he hasn't been drinking excessively or uniating a lot. It all seems average. He's got a good appetite (I feed him the purina DM wet food). His name suites him, he's a good napper and has been snoozing away the days. But also has energy. He was watching and batting at the birds on the fire escape (through the window).

    Today I took him to the vet for a 6 hour glucose test (so 6 hours after his morning insulin) his number was 416. I know its probably this high because of the stress of going to the vet. But at the same time Sunday when I did it at home it was 356.

    I'm looking for guidance on reading and resources about how insulin might be working and why after his doses his glucose numbers might be going up. Is there a good thread to go to to get some insights?

    Thank you all so much!
     
  2. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! I see that you have found your way to the main health forum. You will get responses to your questions there.
     
  3. Kerri2455

    Kerri2455 Member

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    Watching this as my kitty goes tomorrow for his second curve and we started home testing this weekend which, is not as easy as it should be as my cats ears don't want to bleed. Curious about the numbers as ours are all over the place too.
     
  4. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    It helps if you warm the ear before sticking it. I wet the corner of a washcloth with warm water and hold that on Mia's ear a few seconds before the prick. Then, I use it to apply light pressure a few seconds and clean up after the prick. Their ears start bleeding easier after you have tested for a while, too. It will be good when you can do your own curves. They are usually more accurate since you take out the element of the stress of being at the vet for hours. Also, it is cheaper.
     
  5. Kerri2455

    Kerri2455 Member

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    Thanks, someone else mentioned that too but i was afraid he may start to wise up to my antics and hide which totally defeats the purpose but so far he's been a good boy and has let me poke him but sometimes its 10 tries before he bleeds.
     
  6. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    Warming the ear will probably really help you if you are having this much trouble getting blood.
     
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  7. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    And warm it for a really long time.


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