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March 03, 2006
Sugar Cat - Followup

We had some tentative good news this week about Mycah's recently diagnosed diabetes.

Mycah went in for a day-long "glucose curve" test, wherein the vets monitor her blood glucose level throughout the day, in an effort to determine what the proper insulin dosage ought to be in order to effectively treat her.

Much to our collective surprise, her levels were within the "good" range (whatever that actually is) and stayed there all day, even without her regular 2pm dose of insulin.* It appears that diet alone might be adequate to treat her.

That's good for me, because at $85/bottle, insulin definitely isn't cheap. But it's even better for Mycah, because it means the diabetes isn't as severe as it might have been. That, and she really loves her prescription catfood (which is actually pretty cheap, particularly when compared to insulin.)

Next week we have scheduled a repeat of the test. We are, of course, hoping that the first test's results are borne out. With luck, there won't be any continuing need for insulin shots.

In any event, she'll still get her occasional treats and frequent skritches.

Hmmmm... I don't recall that the vet prescribed bedrest. Lazy furball.

* Most people with sugar pets dose their kitties in the mornings and evenings, 12 hours apart — 8am and 8pm, for instance. The trouble with that is, I work evenings and nights... so Mycah was getting her shots at 2pm and 2am. It was working out well, but I won't be disappointed if the shots aren't going to be needed.

As always, be sure not to miss the Friday Ark.

Or the Carnival of the Cats, this week hosted at the Houston Chronicle's catblog, Catcall.

Posted by Russ at 11:41 AM, March 3, 2006 in Animals

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Perfect size for COTC banner... shall I add it? -ls

Posted by: Laurence Simon at March 5, 2006 10:37 AM

By all means.

Posted by: Russ at March 6, 2006 02:03 AM

I haven't read all the "blogs" how did you find out your baby had Diabeties(sp)?? I've heard of Feline Lukiemia(sp)..........(sorry 1 to many Corona's and me can't spell right now) hehee

Posted by: Sonya at March 11, 2006 04:38 AM

You're never on IM anymore so I'll leave my message here:

Not thrilled to read that Mycah has diabetes and not thrilled that she doesn't seem to have lost any weight. Am thrilled that the person I gave her to is going to do whatever it takes to care for her. Thank you.

Posted by: Serenity at March 20, 2006 10:45 PM