I hope that everyone is having a good day so far. It’s been a while since I wrote about my blood sugar levels. The biggest challenge a diabetic cat and its human face are keeping blood sugar levels in check.
The non-diabetic blood sugar range for cats typically ranges from 50 to 130. For diabetic cats, we like to try to keep the blood sugar between 100 and 180.
For humans this is way too high, incidentally. For humans, the threshold where complications start to result from excess blood sugar is generally recognized as 140. That level for you human is where you start to run into trouble with your pancreas and other organ damage can occur.
Diabetic cats like me can handle a lot more blood sugar. The renal threshold, which is where excess glucose spills from the kidneys into the urine, is somewhere between 180 and 270. And 300 is considered the level where diabetic cats will start to really show problems like weakness in our legs. For cats, who like to jump on things — just ask Jacey — this is a really bad outcome.
My human changed the treatment protocol a little bit, based on a study which was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Yes, there is a scientific journal that covers feline medicine. Pretty cool, huh?
Last week, my human increased my dosing according to this protocol. I am now receiving five units per injection, which I get at twelve hour intervals. And while I’m not seeing the results I really want, where my blood sugar is between 100 and 200, I’m seeing an average blood sugar reading of 269. That’s below that 300 number. I am hopeful that it will get lower soon on this dosing level, but if not, my human will increase the dosing.
What is most interesting is that all of this testing and dosing doesn’t take a lot of time. It takes my human about ten minutes a day for everything. So having a diabetic cat like me doesn’t really increase the amount of time you need to spend caring for us. My human spends so much more time playing with me than he does taking care of my diabetes!