New Diabetic Cat Mom and Dad - Worried for Cat

Discussion in 'Welcome to the Group - Post an Introduction Here' started by JennieKevin, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. JennieKevin

    JennieKevin New Member

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    My husband, Kevin, and I just received a diabetic diagnosis for one of our cats, Panda. We took him to the vet because he hurt is back leg and seemed to be in a lot of pain, but was his happy self just pretty immobile. The vet did some blood work on him and discovered he was diabetic. She gave him insulin and an antibiotic while he was there on Friday, but he hasn't acted himself since. His leg still seems to be bothering him, but now he is being antisocial, sleeping constantly, not eating normally, and just a moody cat. We go back to the vet Monday. Thanks to this site and many, many more I feel pretty prepared to talk about the diagnosis and treatment course we are comfortable with - I am just afraid the diabetic diagnosis is distracting from the hurt leg.
    Also I am concerned that my cat went from his happy self with a hurt leg, to a very unhappy, moody cat with a hurt leg. Do some cats respond poorly to insulin? Are there any questions I should be asking the vet? Any advice before we go in tomorrow would be welcomed. I am a very worried cat mom right now.
     
  2. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Are you very sure he hurt the leg or could it be diabetic neuropathy from untreated diabetes? What were his glucose levels at diagnosis?
     
  3. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! I am glad you found this site. You will get a lot of great advice and support here. This is the introduction forum; if you post your questions on the Main Health Forum, they will get more attention.
     
  4. JennieKevin

    JennieKevin New Member

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    Thanks

    He isn't walking on his haunches like he would from nephropathy. He is nursing only one leg and it looks a bit swollen. He won't put any weight on that leg. It was also happened quickly, not over time. My husband said he had a glucose level of 600 at diagnosis, but we home tested and he is only registering around 340 (which I know is still high).
     
  5. MrWorfMen's Mom

    MrWorfMen's Mom Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to FDMB and kudos for home testing. So sorry you are finding Panda's demeanour has changed since starting insulin. It would be really helpful if you would post in the Health Forum and include a bit more information including what type of insulin, what dose, what diet he is on, what the vet did in the way of investigation for his leg, what antibiotic was given and why and whether Panda has any other medical issues. Without a little more information, it's difficult to say whether the insulin or what could be causing the change in disposition.

    You've come to the right place for assistance. This community is a goldmine of information for pretty much all things cat!
     
  6. JennieKevin

    JennieKevin New Member

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    Thanks - just posted in the health forum.
     
  7. Yong

    Yong Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Kevin, Jennie, and Panda! :cat:
     

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