Newly diagnosed diabetic cat

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  1. Rosemary Oconnor

    Rosemary Oconnor New Member

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    Hello, my name is Rosemary and my 15yo(approx as he was a stray) Ollie has been diagnosed diabetic. And as expected, I am in turmoil. Tears, ups, downs. The first two weeks Ollie was prescribed 1 unit vetsulin 2x every 12 hrs and showed some improvement, however, not enough. So I am currently injecting two units every 12 hrs. He still seems very lackadaisical, but was never a big mover and shaker. My husband and I are wondering how long before we see a little improvement in his moods. His next vet visit is Wednesday May 23. Any thoughts, suggestions, or just plain moral support?? Thanks.
     
  2. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! So sorry about the diagnosis but you've come to the right place.

    Suggestions are no dry food, just low carb wet. Most of us feed fancy feast classic or Friskies pate foods.

    Learn to home test. It's the best way to keep your cat safe and find the appropriate dose. Dosage needs can change suddenly. It's important to test. I have a video in my signature showing how I test my cat CC at home.
     
  3. Idjit's mom

    Idjit's mom Member

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    Welcome Rosemary. It's difficult in the beginning, but it gets easier. What are you feeding Ollie? It's recommended to feed low carb wet food, many of us feed Fancy Feast classics pate and Friskies pate. Diet can make a huge difference. Are you home testing? Please read the yellow tagged info and stickies at the top of the forums. Make a signature and set up a spreadsheet so others can see about Ollie and his numbers, and help you help Ollie. Big:bighug::bighug: hugs! Start posting your questions in the Main forum.
     
  4. 14margarette

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  5. Rosemary Oconnor

    Rosemary Oconnor New Member

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    Am feeding the vet recommended science diet md, which I have come to understand is not the best. Though, I have also purchased fancy feast classic and am undecided what to feed at this point.
     
  6. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    If it's the MD wet food it's fine just expensive. If it's the MD dry it's too high in carbs. (About 14-16%.... You want to feed under 10... Under 7 is better).
     
  7. Sharon14

    Sharon14 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! The md is higher in carbs (13 per Dr Lisa’s chart) than the Fancy Feast Classic pates (2-3) If you aren’t home testing, do not switch food as the lower carb could drop Ollie’s blood sugar. If you are testing or are willing to learn(it’s very easy) then the food switch may help get Ollie regulated.
     
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  9. Rosemary Oconnor

    Rosemary Oconnor New Member

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    Thanks everyone, I feel better already. I am feeding canned md, I did mix with fancy feast. No, I do not home test yet. I was going to discuss with vet at appointment on Wednesday. If any one can give me a quick run down on what to buy for home testing I would greatly appreciate it. He was back to his usual head butting demands for food this am, so that was a little encouraging. Forgot to mention he is on high blood pressure meds and has been due to his weight issues. He was on good old science died wd to try and control his weight. Also, going blind not sure if due to blood pressure or if vet missed the diabetes when I had him tested in February. Thinking maybe new vet.
     
  10. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    I have a video in my signature showing how I test my cat CC.

    I prefer to use a pet meter, but most people on the board use a human meter because the strips are much cheaper.

    go to Walmart and get

    1. Relion micro or confirm meter

    2. Box of 100 extra test strips

    3. Box of 100 26 or 28 gauge lancets

    4. Cotton cosmetic rounds

    5. Neosporin ointment with pain relief

    6. A treat for you
     
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  11. Rosemary Oconnor

    Rosemary Oconnor New Member

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    Thanks. I sometimes need step by step instructions when overwhelmed. Today is our wedding anniversary and we are taking the day off from stress. Tomorrow, however, off to Walmart. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
     
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  12. Idjit's mom

    Idjit's mom Member

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    Happy wedding anniversary! Do watch Janet's video. There are also other videos on YouTube for testing and injecting insulin. I watched several, and reviewed info here on the board. We were not adept at first, I called us Laurel & Hardy. But Rosemary, it was important, so we kept trying, and got better. I use a warm rice sock to warm Idjit's ears, he likes that very much. When we started to get a handle on the situation, and relaxed a bit, so did Idjit.
     
  13. Rosemary Oconnor

    Rosemary Oconnor New Member

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    Thanks. I will take this step by step. Baby steps. Am feeling more confident with all the help everyone is giving.
     
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