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Hello,

So, my little Amber a few months back was drinking so much, urinating more due to the water and lost nearly a kilo. After a trip to the vets, they confirmed that my precious Amber has diabetes.

First off, trying to inject the insulin of caninsulin (2.0units) I’d chase her round the house and we both got stressed! Plan B came along, as usual she has her food at 6:45 am and 6:45pm. I shut her in the kitchen whilst she eats and once she’s eaten she is injected at 7am and 7pm. I find by shutting her in the kitchen I can go back in and get the insulin and inject her. She can’t run away, and neither of us are stressed. Amber isn’t bothered at all by her insulin injection anymore, it certainly helps having her shut in the kitchen.

The vets first instructed me to inject 2units of Caninsulin twice per day. After a month, I did her blood curve every two hours and submitted them to the vets who then advised me to increase Ambers insulin to 2.5units, and after two weeks do the blood curves again so I have done that today and they are very much similar to the readings a few weeks ago, see below readings - very high first thing in the morning before food and then drops a little then a few hours later the reading is very very low and then throughout the afternoon creeps back up high again as her insulin wears off - I will submit them to the vets tomorrow and see what they say. The vets just came back and keep doing the same thing and do the curves again in a week. Poor ambers ears it breaks my heart pricking them.

Amber would have biscuits in morning and throughout the day which is leave down whilst I went to work and in the evening she would half a wet food pouch, and probably a small few biscuits before bed time.

I asked the vet should Amber have a change in diet, He said not, which I was quite surprised by, however I listened to them and I didn’t change the diet. The vet did suggest to change to senior food and wet food only, feeding only twice per day. Therefore now she only has senior wet food, one pouch in the Morning and another in the evening.

she does appear to be still hungry, however I am so determined and she doesn’t get the treats like she used too.

anyone have any thoughts, tips etc on diet and if I’m doing everything correct? I don’t really understand the readings below if someone could help me.

The vet did say she could go into remission but I have idea on how long that would, I want to as much as I can for her.
I used the alphatrak2 to do the readings.

she is my world, and I will do everything I can to help my little Amber.

Thanks
6.50am – 20.02mmol/L
7.00AM – Food x1 wet pouch
7.15AM – Insulin 2.5units
9AM – 13.1mmol/L
11AM – 2.6mmol/L
1.00PM – 2.7mmol/L
3.00PM – 8.2mmol/L
5.00PM – 17.9mmol/L
7.00PM – 29.8mmol/L
7.05PM - FOOD x1 wet pouch
7.15PM – Insulin 2.5units
 

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Hello,

So, my little Amber a few months back was drinking so much, urinating more due to the water and lost nearly a kilo. After a trip to the vets, they confirmed that my precious Amber has diabetes.

First off, trying to inject the insulin of caninsulin (2.0units) I’d chase her round the house and we both got stressed! Plan B came along, as usual she has her food at 6:45 am and 6:45pm. I shut her in the kitchen whilst she eats and once she’s eaten she is injected at 7am and 7pm. I find by shutting her in the kitchen I can go back in and get the insulin and inject her. She can’t run away, and neither of us are stressed. Amber isn’t bothered at all by her insulin injection anymore, it certainly helps having her shut in the kitchen.

The vets first instructed me to inject 2units of Caninsulin twice per day. After a month, I did her blood curve every two hours and submitted them to the vets who then advised me to increase Ambers insulin to 2.5units, and after two weeks do the blood curves again so I have done that today and they are very much similar to the readings a few weeks ago, see below readings - very high first thing in the morning before food and then drops a little then a few hours later the reading is very very low and then throughout the afternoon creeps back up high again as her insulin wears off - I will submit them to the vets tomorrow and see what they say. The vets just came back and keep doing the same thing and do the curves again in a week. Poor ambers ears it breaks my heart pricking them.

Amber would have biscuits in morning and throughout the day which is leave down whilst I went to work and in the evening she would half a wet food pouch, and probably a small few biscuits before bed time.

I asked the vet should Amber have a change in diet, He said not, which I was quite surprised by, however I listened to them and I didn’t change the diet. The vet did suggest to change to senior food and wet food only, feeding only twice per day. Therefore now she only has senior wet food, one pouch in the Morning and another in the evening.

she does appear to be still hungry, however I am so determined and she doesn’t get the treats like she used too.

anyone have any thoughts, tips etc on diet and if I’m doing everything correct? I don’t really understand the readings below if someone could help me.

The vet did say she could go into remission but I have idea on how long that would, I want to as much as I can for her.
I used the alphatrak2 to do the readings.

she is my world, and I will do everything I can to help my little Amber.

Thanks
Unfortunately I don;t have experience with cats with diabetes.
I do have a recommendation, though. If you are on Facebook, search for a group that is people with diabetic cats. Or search for a forum that is all about diabetes in cats. I bet there is one, and if you join and post there, someone will probably be able to help with interpreting the bloodwork and other tests.

I had a cat with renal failure, and back then we had Yahoo Groups that did email. Through those folks I learned everything I knew and they helped me save my cat's life more than once. Those groups don't exist any more, but I bet they have not vanished, just changed form. If you can find a forum or a fb group, that will be a lifesaver for you.
Best of luck!!
 

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The only piece of advice I have for you us stick to the schedule. Routine is so so important for diabetic cats, so try to make sure you feed her, give her insulin etc at the same time every day.

You might want to discuss increasing her meals to 3-4 times a day, same amount just split into more frequent meals. This might help stabilise her glucose levels a little more, but discuss with your vet before you do, and make sure you can adhere to this new schedule each day, as I mentioned above.

Best of luck, please keep us updated!
 
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