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Mon, Mar 2 | By John McQuiston | 1503

Rare Cat Tests Diabetic for Low Blood Sugar: A deep sniff of his diabetic owner's breath and Elijah can tell if the blood sugar levels are normal. If not, Elijah meows an alert. It's a skill Elijah taught himself, albeit unheard of, medical professi… more ›

Rare Cat Tests Diabetic for Low Blood Sugar
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Pmoake
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Pmoake
1 year ago

my tortoiseshell cat does this. i had her 6 months before i was diagnosed and she never once sniffed my breath. she started putting her nose and mouth almost in mine and sniffing, several times a day. Took me awhile to figure it out, but she is alerting to my sugar. if very high or low she won't leave me alone! i knew dogs did this but never heard of a cat doing it!

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DiabeticGrrrl
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DiabeticGrrrl
3 years ago

Just to point out... I think every time you said low blood sugar you meant high blood sugar. High blood sugars would cause a change in the odor of the breath... and also ketoacidosis.

"Low blood sugar can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening situation first indicated by restlessness, drowsiness or difficulty waking up, which can lead to coma and death."

Low blood sugar does not cause this. High blood sugar does.

Furthermore, you mention specific numbers 195, when 120 is the top of the range. 195 is high not low. I don't know you made this mistake repeatedly, but every example you give is of the cat recognizing HIGH blood sugars, not low, yet you repeatedly say the cat is detecting low blood sugars.

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JMcQuiston
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JMcQuiston
3 years ago

According to the vet, the cat detected both high and low blood sugar levels. Anything outside the normal range either way caused odor changes that the cat could smell.

In the specific example of the office worker's test, 195 is not referred to as being too low. In the video version of the story, which is no longer available, unfortunately, it was specifically stated that 195 was too high.

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Amanda C.
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Amanda C.
5 years ago

I think this is amazing! The only think my cat ever smells my breath for is to find out if I am chewing minty gum, and if I am he tries to figure out how he can get to it to eat it!

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Ocalapa
5 years ago

i've had type 1 diabetes for 48 years and now experience less symptoms of low blood sugar. i've been reading about the dogs that are being trained to detect the problem but they are very expensive(one quoted $7500). i've also spoken to several people whose dogs, just out of the blue, began barking when they sensed (smelled) a low blood sugar in the owner. i am a cat lover and now have 5 cats but none seem interested in my breath! and i've had many low blood sugars in their presence. i'm wondering if i should go to a shelter and walk around the dogs with a low sugar and see who's interested in me. well, i suppose i could pet the cats, also. i especially love that cat for its ability to detect high as well as the low sugars, because if mine is around 195, like that gentleman in the the video, i don't get any symptoms...well, maybe after several hours, perhaps. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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elll e.
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elll e.
5 years ago

awww thats sooo cool! sweet cat!

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Baxtersfeeder
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Baxtersfeeder
5 years ago

I have heard of dogs being able to sniff out health problems in their owners. I am glad that a cat is capable of doing the same.

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Traci B.
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Traci B.
5 years ago

interesting

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Serina S.
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Serina S.
5 years ago

we keep finding medical links to humans and pets. Amazing!

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Sarah G.
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Sarah G.
5 years ago

What an awesome cat!!

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Jean P.
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Jean P.
5 years ago

Way to go cats. I think that all annimals are smart and if we give them a chance they can and will learn how to help us. My cats know when I need them and they are right there with a passion.

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Tamara W.
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Tamara W.
5 years ago

Animals are amazing! My little man Tigger wakes me up when I am having hard times breathing, comes to me and fusses if I am sick, and even knows when I have anxiety or migraines. They are truly amazing, and I for one am going to start paying more attention to their signals. Way to go little kitty!

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Nick & Ashlee K.
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Nick & Ashlee K.
5 years ago

thats pretty cool :]

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Sharon
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Sharon
5 years ago

Wow. There are several members in my family who
would love to have a cat like this.

Even though it's not a proven science, at least the individual
could check his sugar levels from the response of the
feline.

Could save their life.

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Carol
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Carol
5 years ago

Animals are amazing. A couple of years ago I was in the waiting room of the local Jiffy Lube and there was a woman with her son and his service dog. The dog kept looking at me and trying to get my attention. The woman asked me if I was alright. I told her, yes, just a little tired. She said her son had a heart condition and the dog was trained to alert if there were any problems. A short time after that incident I was diagnosed with high blood pressure - the silent killer.

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jennifer g.
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jennifer g.
5 years ago

this cat is so cool

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Kelly
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Kelly
5 years ago

This was a very interesting article. Its amazing the number of ways animals can help us.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
5 years ago

That is absolutly amazing. I'm glad Elijah was placed with some one who loves her but also someone she can help.

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Jubilee478
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Jubilee478
5 years ago

Interesting!

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kristen g.
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kristen g.
5 years ago

that is fantastic.

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Vsantiago
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Vsantiago
5 years ago

Great cat amazing

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nicole s.
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nicole s.
5 years ago

Wow that is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michelle W.
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Michelle W.
5 years ago

I always find it amazing what animals can do.

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TishaAnn
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TishaAnn
5 years ago

WOW!!!!!

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Jerika M.
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Jerika M.
5 years ago

wow thats a cutie

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cindy s.
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cindy s.
5 years ago

The gift of Life from one of God's creatures.

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Marymoo
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Marymoo
5 years ago

where would we be without our animals?

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Erika B.
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Erika B.
5 years ago

This is so amazing. I have never heard of this before. Cats are awesome!!

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E G.
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E G.
5 years ago

One of our shelter dogs, Maverick, had a similar ability. A front-page story, "Just Call Him Doc Maverick," resulted in his adoption by a diabetic. It was a perfect match. I hadn't heard of a cat with this skill, but no doubt others are out there. Kudos to all animals that have a special gift.

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Julie
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Julie
5 years ago

Animals know when their owners are sick, but this is a new one on me!

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Michelle B.
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Michelle B.
5 years ago

This is a great story.

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Cindy  A.
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Cindy A.
5 years ago

It is so uplifting to read a positive story in the news. The implications are huge if cats could be routinely trained, especially since their lives are generally longer than dogs' lives.

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Jrjock
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Jrjock
5 years ago

wow, i should get my cousin a cat like that.

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Pam M.
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Pam M.
5 years ago

nice story

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Hannah M.
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Hannah M.
5 years ago

who says cats are dumb

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Terri C.
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Terri C.
5 years ago

How awesome is that! And some people say cats are dumb...

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Colleen R.
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Colleen R.
5 years ago

Wow, I love reading about these gifted pets! It is so cool that they can find theses animals.

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Kathy M.
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Kathy M.
5 years ago

This is neat. I know animals can detect a lot of things. I find it fascinating that they can do this for humans, and that they even care to. Obviously, our connection to our pets is pretty strong.

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Catsgirlsillly
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Catsgirlsillly
5 years ago

I am not surprised at this ability in cats. They do not know everything, but I always insist that they know much more about their little worlds than any of us know about ours. I never cease to be amazed at what associations they are able to make and what courses of action they take. Having many cats I have even become puzzled about definitions and understandings of intelligence.

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Andrew
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Andrew
5 years ago

Very cool cat. I could use a diabetic testing cat, being Diabetic myself. :)

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Janet
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Janet
5 years ago

You hear about dogs being able to detect stuff like this all of the time, but cats? That's a first for me.

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cathie w.
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cathie w.
5 years ago

Just another amazing animal!

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Eddiethrower
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Eddiethrower
5 years ago

great story

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Peggy B.
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Peggy B.
5 years ago

How nice to have a companion like that!

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

An interesting adaptation on the animal's part to ensure it is fed and its litter box is kept clean. Who says these guys aren't smart?

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Angie P.
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Angie P.
5 years ago

Pretty amazing! I do hope that the owner does not forego the blood testing totally, however. Everybody...including marvelous cats...can make mistakes. Seems like the cat has the owner's best interest at heart!

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Izzypawprint
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Izzypawprint
5 years ago

Just another exampleof how truly amazing animals are.

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casi
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casi
5 years ago

great story, hope it actually works!

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Floyd1956
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Floyd1956
5 years ago

This sounds like a great animal to have. One more way to keep people with diabetes safer.

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
5 years ago

Who needs a doctor anymore?! This beats pricking your finger for blood.

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