Luci's BG less than 200 - still no insulin since Diagnosis in November

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Sue and Luci, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. Sue and Luci

    Sue and Luci Member

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    Luci has been doing quite well. She's lost a little weight; from 11 pounds (vet weighed) to 9.6 pounds (my home scale, subtracting her weight from our combined weight on human scale);

    I've been testing her about once a week now and read up on the 'Insulin' Info posted within. Since it says as a newbee not to administer insulin when BG is less than 200-250, I've held off.

    She seems to be doing fine on her grain free diet. No kibble whatsoever; Only Fancy Feast canned and an occasional 'meat' snack - those Fancy Feast fancy snacks - just a wedge of tuna or salmon in a packet. But she seems hungry - unless she gets a full can of Fancy Feast - she's begging me all morning for food. Same thing at night - she wants a full can (these are the small cans I'm referring to).

    So I'm in a 'holding' pattern here. Do you think that's okay? I've been reluctant to take her to a vet, any vet; because she had such a bad experience last time and simply hates the whole experience. I have to admit we were all so upset after that last visit - Luci, myself and my husband - so not anxious to seek out a vet; even a kinder cat vet.

    So unless her BG takes a dramatic turn, I'm going to remain in the holding pattern - unless someone tells me what I'm doing is simply not right at all...my feeling at this time is to keep doing what we're doing - let her remain calm and watch her BG weekly. If she starts acting odd (drinking a lot of water, peeing a lot, etc.) We're going to leave well enough alone.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

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    I would hold off as well. How’s her weight? You might want to occasionally grab a test a few hours after eating. I suspect you might find some normal numbers. Good luck. I hope she remains diet controlled.
     
  3. Sue and Luci

    Sue and Luci Member

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    Here weight is 9.6 - and holding steady for several weeks at 9.6...She feels like she's lost a bit of weight as well, which from what I understand is also helpful in controlling her diabetes.

    We'll keep on doing what we've been doing; Grain free diet; no kibble; checking about once a week. Will try to get in a BG within 3-4 hours of eating instead of 7...maybe that's too long to wait?
     
  4. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily. It’s just a couple hours after eating a working pancreas will drop. You are doing fine.
     
  5. Sylvie

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    ""But she seems hungry - unless she gets a full can of Fancy Feast - she's begging me all morning for food. Same thing at night - she wants a full can (these are the small cans I'm referring to)""

    so if i am reading right, she basically gets 2 cans of 3oz fancy feast a day plus occassional treat?? if so than them 2 cans of classic pates is only like 180-190 calories in total a day, so your girl is definitely begging for a reason, she is not getting enough calories in her .. one of my 8mth old kitten that will now only eat FF turkey & giblet only will polish off a can in one setting and 2hrs later is in kitchen asking for another 1/2 cn every single day. your girl needs at least 3 cans a day IMO and maybe even 1/2-1 cn more if you want to put weight back on her.
     
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  6. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Here's a body condition chart to help you assess whether or not Luci is at optimum weight.


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  7. donnalea

    donnalea Member

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    My Callie eats two and a half of the 3oz cans plus some freeze dried chicken snacks. She is a small cat.
     
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