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Feline Diabetes Message Board Glossary of Abbreviations

The non-slang medical terms are discussed in greater length in the main portion of the dictionary. Also, see the dictionary for all medical terms. Just click on the navigation letters above.

BEAN: human being/bean

BG: Blood Glucose (normal for a cat is between 70-120). For diabetic cats, the preferred range is between 100 (at peak insulin effect) and 200. Levels up to 300 may occur even in a regulated cat.

BUN/Creatinine values: Important blood values that reflect renal (kidney) function.

CC: Cubic centimeter. Same as milliliter or ml. This is a term you will hear associated with some medications and subcutaneous fluid dosages.

CIVIE/CIVILIAN: A cat who doesn't have diabetes.

CURVE: When a blood glucose curve is done to determine the cat’s reaction to the insulin/dosage, a blood glucose (BG) test is generally taken every 2 hours for a 12-hour period. The curve can also be a full 24-hour curve or a mini curve.

DC: Diabetic cat

DH: Darling Husband (or any other adjective beginning with "d" that you wish to apply!

DKA: Diabetic Ketoacidosis

DX: Diagnosis

DM: Purina DM - high protein diet for diabetic cats


QD - each day; same as s.i.d.
b.i.d. - Twice daily
s.i.d. - Once daily
t.i.d. - Three times daily
q.i.d. - Four times daily

ECID: Every Cat Is Different. Remember that Every OWNER is different, too!

EFA: Essential Fatty Acids.

FF: Fancy Feast canned cat food.

HONEYMOON: Many cats experience a period of time where they no longer need insulin. This treatment free period is referred to as the "honeymoon."

h*n*ym**n*: Often used to denote “honeymoon” by those who don’t want to jinx the happy possibility by spelling out the whole word J

HYPO: Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar - must be treated!) [See Hypoglycemia Education]

HYPOGLYCEMIC UNAWARENESS: Condition in which no visible signs of hypoglycemia are present even though the BG level is low.

IBD: Inflammatory Bowel disease.

KARO: An American brand of high-sugar corn syrup. You may substitute honey, maple syrup, or any similar concentrated liquid.

*NM*: Seen in the message subject line on the FDMB. This simply means there is no text in the body of the message.

P/D: Polydipsia - excessive thirst (drinking alot).

P/U: Polyuria - excessive urination (peeing a lot).

PEAK: The time period when the insulin is strongest causing the BG level to be lowest. Will vary depending on the cat and duration of insulin used. Should not fall below 100 mg/dl or 5.5 mmol.

PURINA DM: High protein diet for diabetic cats.

PZI: Protamine Zinc Insulin. PZI is a long acting insulin widely accepted as an excellent choice for diabetic cats. The most popular forms are Blue Ridge PZI (95% beef & 5% pork) and UK PZI (100% beef).


W/D canned: Science Diet’s Prescription food for weight loss, diabetes, and constipation. High fiber and low fat. 41% protein & 24.6% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.

R/D canned: Science Diet’s Prescription food for obesity, FLUDT (urinary tract disease), hyperlipidemia. High fiber and low fat. 36% protein & 31.8% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.

K/D canned: Science Diet’s Prescription food for CRF and mild to moderate cardiac disease. Low protein and low phosphorus. 29% protein & 35.8 carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.

G/D canned: Science Diet’s Prescription food for renal insufficiency (pre-CRF) and mild cardiac disease. Low protein and low phosphorus. 35.1% protein & 37.2% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.

A/D canned: Science Diet’s Prescription food for debilitation, cachexia and anorexia, tube feeding. High fat, protein and phosphorus. 45.7% protein & 16.5% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.

SHOOT: To inject.

Sub-Q, SQ: Subcutaneous fluids.

SUGARCATS: What all our diabetic kitties are!

UNIT: This is the term we use to measure our insulin dosage:

TLI: This is a simple blood test to determine the presence of pancreatitis.

UTI: Urinary tract infection

Non-Medical terms used in discussion on the FelineDiabetes.com Message Board.

BEANS: Our sugarcats’ unique word for humans (“beings” as in human beings).

BTW: By the way…

CIVILIAN: Non-diabetic cat.

DROOLER: Our sugarcats’ word for dogs.

FDMB: Feline Diabetes Message Board

GA: Guardian Angel (our kitties who have passed on to Rainbow Bridge).

IMHO: In My Humble Opinion.

IMO: In My Opinion.

IMOM (In Memory of Magic): An incredible non-profit organization established in 1998 by a diabetic cat owner who found the necessary information and support too late to save her beloved “Magic.” IMOM provides information, education, referral and financial aid to pets in need. One of IMOM’s special funds is the Diabetic Pet Fund. IMOM’s belief is that no pet should ever have to suffer or die due to lack of money. Please visit them: http://www.imom.org.

LOL: Laughing Out Loud.

NM: No Message

OT: Off Topic

POOTER: Our sugarcats’ word for computer.

RAINBOW BRIDGE: This is the place where our pets go when they pass on. They are restored to health and spend their days in the sun playing - waiting for the day when we will all be together again. See www.petloss.com

ROTFLMAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off.

ROTFLOL: Rolling on the floor laughing out loud.

SUGARCATS: What all our diabetic kitties are!

The FelineDiabetes.com community owes a great debt to long-time FDMB user Melissa for her hard work in creating and maintaining the first FDMB glossary.
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