New Diabetic Cat with Constpation Issues also

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Paul & Spook, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. Paul & Spook

    Paul & Spook Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    Got a Alpha Trak2 meter did 2 readings last night and this am issues with getting blood from spooks ear
    4 tests strips each time. Last one did bare lancet no pen. Could use a some advice.
  2. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    Many of us free hand the pokes using the lancet alone or using the trigger device merely as a holder. I suggested warming his ear over on your other thread.
  3. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    It's not uncommon to have trouble getting blood the first week. Poke freehand and don't be afraid to go all the way through. Warming or rubbing the ear before hand helps. Use a 26 or 28 gauge lancet. Make sure you are dipping one of the little protruding parts coming out of the dot on the strip into the drop, don't try to put the drop ON the dot. 9C8D245A-FF1F-4B6F-9A54-B79E55C86157.jpeg I have a video in my signature showing how I test my cat CC at home.
  4. Paul & Spook

    Paul & Spook Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    Great video. Very helpful
  5. Dusty Bones

    Dusty Bones Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    A little Miralax keeps Dusty regular, I just sprinkle some on his food and mix it in.
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  6. Magic Johnson

    Magic Johnson Member

    Mar 2, 2018
    I had constipation issues with Maji about a year before diabetes- miralax worked at first then she became allergic to it and refused to eat any food it was mixed after throwing up several times after eating had to go off of it.

    I found that pumpkin worked well BUT I believe the carbs would be bad at this point

    OK this is gonna seem kinda gross but worked phenomenally for us as follows:

    Instant (darn near) relief for Maji, PediaLax liquid glycerin suppositories for babies- pure glycerin only. Follow the directions it’s a teeny tiny squeeze bulb already to go, very easy to do I suggest a second pair of hands to hold kitty steady AND 20 mins later Maji got rid of the problem. Then ran around the house in glee after!!!!

    Super easy and quick relatively speaking...and would not hesitate to do again over putting something in food.

    After that I just make sure of a little extra water in food no more probs
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