Kismet ... newly diagnosed

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Gayle Ellison-Dvis, Feb 8, 2018.

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  1. Gayle Ellison-Dvis

    Gayle Ellison-Dvis New Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    Kismet is 10 years old this summer.
    * He is on PROZINC 4 units x2/day [he was started at 2]
    * He eats wet food for dinner, but dry otherwise. I asked about switching and my vet said not to do that 'yet'. I really believe his numbers would be more t her liking if I could just change his diet now.
    * He has no other health issues [except for weight loss due to the diabeties]
    * We do not home test ... yet ... he's only just over a month into treatment. The vet has not mentioned it.

    I am very thankful for this support! Glad I found you :)
  2. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    Good insulin but that's a high dose for a newly diagnosed kitty. I'll bet the dose was raised in 1 unit increments based on a BG test (or curve?) done by the vet. Vet stress will elevate BG and any dosing based on that data usually results in too high a dose being prescribed. Very common issue. A good starting dose for ProZinc is 1 unit twice a day and we always recommend increases of 0.25 unit at a time.

    Wet food is best but low carb only. The sauce/gravy styles can be very high in carbs. They're useful for bringing up BG if it falls too low. Almost all dry food, prescription included, is far too high in carbs for diabetic kitties. All that said, don't change his diet until you start a home testing program, especially at the high dose he's on. The carbs in the dry food are probably keeping him safe right now.


    Many vets either don't mention it, are dead set against it or tell you to do it only intermittently. Some think it will stress the kitty or damage the bond you have with him/her. Not true. Testing BG at home is the absolute best tool you'll have to keep Kismet safe, learn his responses to insulin and understand what a given dose is accomplishing. Many find the idea of it daunting but are surprised to learn how easy it is after you get the skills under your belt. We can help with lots of tips and tricks.

    Anything else we can help you with? I recommend that you go to the ProZinc forum and begin reading the info stickies there on how the insulin works. You can get a lot of insulin specific help over there:
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  3. Myagi (GA) and Heidi

    Myagi (GA) and Heidi Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2017
  4. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Welcome! Kris covered it so I'll just say hi. We can help you learn to home test. It's the best way to know if a dose is too much or too little and if it's safe to shoot. I have a video in my signature showing how I test my cat CC at home.
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  5. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
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