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Cat's health

Well, I found out yesterday that my darling kitty cat has diabetes. She's been displaying some unusual behaviors lately, but I chalked them up to having a new cat in the house (I took in my mom's cat a few months ago). The two cats don't get along, and while the new cat has pretty much taken over the house, my cat (Ashes) has wound up living almost exclusively in my son's room.

We got her to the vet this week, and they took some blood for testing. They called yesterday to tell me the results came back that Ashes has diabetes. Also, she has an ulcer on her gum (maybe from the diabetes?), so we have to put her on an all-soft-food diet. Man, I hate the smell of canned cat food! The vet gave us antibiotic, which we give her twice a day. Thank goodness it's in liquid form...it's not too bad getting the meds into her with a dropper; definitely much easier than trying to give her a pill!

We have an appointment to get her back to the vet on Monday so she can spend the day there. They'll do some additional testing to determine at just what stage her diabetes is. I need to go over in the late afternoon so I can get educated in Feline Diabetes101, which will include my learning how to give an insulin injection..which I will need to do once a day from here on. I'll have to do it, although I'm not crazy about the idea. I have an aversion to needles, so this is going to be tough. Then I'll drop back over again before they close at 9 PM to bring her back home.

All this after just having her go through radionuclear treatment 18 months ago for hyperthyroid. With her age, I suppose I shouldn't be suprised that various conditions develop; I just hate seeing her go through everything.



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Oct. 14th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear all this! Poor Ashes (darling name, btw) and poor you. That's rough. I hope everything works out.
Oct. 15th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot. I know it'll work out OK, but it's just tough to be at the beginning of the journey, you know?

Awwwwwww...I'm so touched by your sending me ConcernedFaces!BertieAndJeeves. You are too sweet!
Oct. 16th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Anytime, my dear. I totally understand what you mean. Kitties are family members too!
Oct. 17th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
I had a cat with diabetes, and she was totally calm about the injections. So so much easier than the pills. It made me feel a lot better when I saw that it was totally no big deal for her - she didn't even notice the needle. I almost thought, for a while there, that I might be able to learn to give injections to humans. Although I still don't want to get them.

Checking the blood was what I could never get right, in a year... maybe it was two years? That stupid little poker-machine always spooked me, and freaked her out.
Oct. 18th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, fortunately, the shots haven't seemed to cause her too much stress, and I've gotten more comfortable giving them. And "yes" to being easier than pills! I could never give my cat pills...just wouldn't work.

I don't have to do blood tests; I get to do urine tests instead. Every day before she gets her insulin. Well, I guess we can get used to anything, right?
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