Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Feline Diabetes

Take a look at this sweet cat.



This is Buddy, and he's a Himalayan that I've had for 16 years. He's a chunk of cat, rules the roost, has a calm, gentle demeanor, and officially, as of today, has feline diabetes.

We'd noticed that Buddy had been drinking a LOT lately, evidenced by having to empty the litter box twice a day instead of once a day. My first thought was kidney problems, which often strike a cat Buddy's age. But it ends up he's diabetic.

Today we went to the vet to learn how to give him insulin shots. Fortunately, both Rick and I know how to give shots to humans, so translating that skill to a cat wasn't too hard.

Six months ago, Buddy had routine blood work done (oh, how he just LOVED that!) and his fructosamine levels were normal. Around 145 to be exact. High and uncontrolled is considered over 400.

Buddy's level today was 1149.

The vet said they have never in the history of their practice seen a level like that.

The good news is, feline diabetes is very treatable. He will get two insulin shots a day, and will, in the vet's estimation, live an even longer life than he already has. Nothing else is wrong with him, and he can still jump on the bed and yowl in my ear when he wants something.

If you have a cat, particularly an older cat, and he starts to lose weight, drinks a lot, and urinates a lot, please go get him checked out. This all snuck up on us fast, and I'm glad we took him to the vet to get him looked at.

(Buddy would comment to say he's doing just fine now, thanks, but he's busy sleeping it off!)

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3 comments:

  1. I had no idea you've had him so long. So you got him right after you got back from Korea?

    I'm sorry you've had a tough day, but am glad he's going to be okay.

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  2. Yes, pretty close to when I returned. It was sobering while we were in the vet office and I saw a poster from some pet food place stating the average life expectancy of a cat, and Buddy is past that. But it DID say the longest documented life of a cat was 39!

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  3. Poor guy! My Max is only 10 months old, but I'll be sure to keep an eye on the input/output and be aware of changes.

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