What to do?

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Adam Flowers, Sep 24, 2017.

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  1. Adam Flowers

    Adam Flowers Member

    Sep 23, 2017
    Hello all. My name is Adam Flowers. I posted my introduction to the forum yesterday September 23rd.

    My cat Mogee Pickles was just diagnosed with diabetes.

    I have a few major concerns. First, in my introduction I explained that my vet, who has been Mogee's vet since day one and who we absolutely love, recommended to change his diet. He recommended Royal Canin Glycobalance. Mogee changed foods on September 13th to Glycobalance and he loves it. He eats 3/8 cup dry mixed with 1/2 can wet of Glycobalance at 6:30 am and 6:30 PM.

    I have got a lot of feedback in this forum already that this particular food is way too high in carbs (14%). I also explained that I had to talk my vet into allowing my to mix the wet with the dry as he seems to be against wet or canned food altogether.

    I am struggling with this as I have always trusted my vet and I also researched Glycobalance before changing Mogee's diet and heard from just as many people that it tremendously helped their cat's numbers and talked to many who had their cat go into remission with Glycobalance, as I have heard how bad it is to feed food that high in carb content or to feed dry kibble at all.

    I just do not know where to go from here. I meet with my vet Tuesday to start insulin and learn how to administer it etc. I am concerned to change Mogee's food once again and start insulin at the same time.

    I just did my first home test and he tested at 290. I tested at 11:40 am and Mogee had ate at 6:40 am. Can someone help me understand this number more better? I know it is high. He has been tested at the vet too. He was 396 without fasting and a 306 and 324 when he did fast.

    After Tuesday I will be able to give you guys some more information such as what insulin he will be prescribed and his dosage.

    All of this is new to me. Obviously like most of you, Mogee is my baby, my everything. I want to do everything in my power to make sure he loves happy and healthy for as long as he can. Thank you everyone for your time and help!

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  2. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2017
    Hi. I replied on your other post just before seeing this.

    What a cute family! :bighug:
  3. Noah & me (GA)

    Noah & me (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2016
    Disagreements with your vet can be hard. For us it's been emotionally hard as our vet has been our friend for many years. We hear this a lot here with regards to food, testing, curves etc. The faith you put in your vet is a two way street. He's not God and you're not a schmuck. I can't get into details right now but 290 is not Freak-Out-Time. Other members will chime in on everything. Two quick examples of the vet thing: our first diabetic was going straight downhill and our vet said "This isn't working" and he was free fed and broke a dozen other rules. Then our vet's partner absolutely insisted I use the official Caninsulin syringes which were just too big. We switched to a smaller gauge syringe and ended that cat's misery. That is NOT something you should think about right now, it's just an example of the ways different people think.
  4. Ann & Liz

    Ann & Liz Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    What a beautiful cat. All I can say is there is loads to learn. Lila was diagnosed a year ago and this forum has a wealth of knowledge to offer along with what you know and will learn about your very own individual cat. Your vet is valuable of course in all this but may not have as much specialist knowledge of feline diabetes. Question what you are unsure about and hopefully your vet will be pleased to work with you to make the best choices on the journey. I know I have not answered your specific questions as am still learning but others will help more. But support is always here.
  5. Adam Flowers

    Adam Flowers Member

    Sep 23, 2017
    Yes, Mia's mom. I just read your reply. I appreciate you taking the time to provide me with links and tons of advice! You are amazing!

    I plan on discussing this with my vet on Tuesday in a similar manner in which you described you did.

    The nice thing is, Mogee has always loved wet or canned food. When he was a kitten that is all he would eat and then recommended a dry food and he has ate that ever since. Knowing this, I would think he would be totally okay with switching to wet food altogether. He would love it.

    I will discuss this with my vet and talk with him about the foods that have been recommended and see where the conversation goes.

    Unfortunately, like you, I may have to go a different route in who is going to help me care for Mogee as many things my vet has recommended seem to go against what I am leaning in these groups.

    I will keep you updated on what happens Tuesday, until then, I will just be worried for Mogee and what to do. I know it is not healthy to worry, I just love him that much and want him to feel fine.

    It is just so weird to me because if Mogee wasn't peeing and drinking more, I would have never noticed anything different about him. I'm glad I scoop his litter twice a day and noticed he was peeing more than usual. He acts fine, plays fine, and is very active.

    Thank you for helping me learn more about the help he needs to get better!

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  6. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    It can take time to come to terms with needing/wanting to do things differently from what a trusted vet has recommended. Ultimately, the decision is yours but we're always here to help no matter what you do.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017
  7. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Sounds hopeful that you've caught it early and he will respond well to the insulin!
    Having your vet be on board with you can be difficult, so many vets don't really understand FD as they see it fairly infrequently. A lot vets don't realize that it cannot be treated the same way as canine diabetes is in dogs; FD is a whole different ballgame! Many of us have had to leave our vets and find ones who will work with us. I hope you can bring your vet around! :)
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