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Q: My cat just diagnosed with Diabetes - What next?

January 22, 2009 | By Rinthea S. | 5 answers | Expired: 1993 days ago

My cat just diagnosed with Diabetes - What next?

My 6 year old cat began losing weight rapidly. I got her to the vet today and her glucose level was 395 - normal is 75-150 so we started her on insulin tonight. I know nothing about diabetes in cats so I have a lot of reading to do on the web. If anyone has a good site to get me started it would be appreciated as my time is very limited as the director of an animal sanctuary...

For now I would love feedback from other families with diabetic cats as to what foods they have found that their cat likes. I know they are all prescription but the vet today said their is one made by Purina and one by Science Diet. They wanted her to go one week on just insulin, recheck then discuss food options.

Also where can I get the needles cheaply?

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Kelly
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Feb 05, 2009

I don't personally have a kitty with diabetes but I'm involved with rescue & have helped rescue a few. I have worked with a wonderful group that not only steps in & helps us place diabetic pets that would otherwise be put down, but they have provided us with all sorts of useful info. They're based in Canada but they have fosterers & networkers all across the US. They're very helpful. They have a lot of info on their site plus you can email them. www.petdiabetes.net/

Hope this helps. Good luck to you & your kitty.

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Dr. Joyce B.
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Jan 23, 2009

I just wanted to encourage you. Friends who have had pets with diabetes gave the insulin and did fine. They got used to the routine. You're a good pet parent!

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InZeee
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Jan 22, 2009

So sorry to hear of your cats diabetes. I don't have experience with a cat but I have a dog that was diagnosed with diabetes last April. I buy the needles at either Walmart or Giant Eagle. You may want to price local pharmacies. The insulin was $32 a bottle for HumilinN and it recently increased to $38 and they told me the price will go up again. How long a bottle will last will depend on how many units your cat will need for each dose. As far as research I just searched on msn or google and read what I could about it. The one thing I do remember reading is that you should not feed cats canned food. If your cat will only eat canned food then you should try to wean her back to dry food. I would say Science Diet would be your best bet for food but your vet will probably recommend one. Be careful with your cat getting into treats or people food. With Dolly I can tell when her sugar goes up because she drinks more than usual so try to watch how much your cat drinks so you have an idea what is normal for him. Also, you should not give the shot in the same spot as it will cause lumps under the skin but the vet should review that with you. Good luck and it will get easier once you get things figured out.

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Cindy M.
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Jan 22, 2009

I'm very sorry to hear about your cat, but glad you got her in and are able to, and can afford to, give her shots. My cat, Prissy, was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 9 years old. I gave her twice-daily insulin shots for 4 years. Just this last July she started doing really poorly and I had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her at peace.

There is a lot of good information on the internet, though I don't know of a particular site. I read everything I could about the disease as well, and I've even read and heard of the disease being reversed in some younger cats.

I fed Prissy the Purina DM (Diabetes Management)food and it seemed to help keep her insulin levels stable. For most of those four years I got her insulin and syringes from the vet since they'd put her on PZI insulin (specifically for animals), but three months before we said goodbye to Prissy, the manufacturer announced they were going to discontinue making PZI. Our choice was to stock up (at $90+ a bottle)and eventually switch her to another insulin, or switch her when the last bottle ran out. I chose to switch her right away. The vet wrote her a prescription for human insulin that I had filled at Wal-Mart, and since the syringe size changed too, I was able to get that at Wal-Mart as well. It was definitely cheaper than at the vet. I don't know which kind of insulin your cat is on, but if you're able, I'd recommend Wal-Mart.

Having a diabetic cat can bring a mix of emotions, but one thing I found that was very positive, to me, was the bond that grew so incredibly strong between my Prissy and myself. Her survival depended upon me giving her the shots and she never resisted. It was almost as though she understood that I was trying to help her.

I wish you the very best in your pursuit of information and in the "journey" you've undertaken with your baby. When Prissy was diagnosed, the vet told me about his friend who's cat lived to be 20 years old with diabetes. With your loving care, I'm sure your baby has the same chance!

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Jan P.
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Jan 22, 2009

Hello, Im so sorry and I hope you can afford the bills! For my hubby, the best thing he does is his diet so if you find a really good diabetic food low especially in carbs (sugar is high in carbs) then that might make a big difference. Goodluck and I wish I had experience to help you with the right food...Science Diet is a good quality pet food - call some other vets and get more opinions..search online for diabetic cats and owners....someone will have priceless info for you!

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