Hello, kind humans. I hope your day is going well. Today, I gave my human a scare. We diabetic cats need to have our blood sugar monitored as part of our treatment. I hate the ear sticks, so this is the part of being a diabetic cat that both my human and I hate the most. He doesn’t like to torture me, and I don’t like being tortured.
But he explains to me that I must endure this because it’s important for him to keep track of my blood sugar levels. And this morning was a perfect example why.
It’s said that with diabetic cats, a high blood sugar level will kill slowly, but a low one can kill quickly. So that means that a blood sugar level in the 300s or higher requires treatment but it’s something that can be addressed over time.
A low blood sugar level, though, can kill right away. So this is a medical emergency.
This morning, my human woke up and got ready to do the normal routine for a diabetic cat like me. Feed me, test my blood sugar, give insulin. It looked like it would be just another normal day.
It was not. My blood sugar level came in a 54. There is no way my human was going to give me insulin at that level. Even a small drop in blood sugar due to the insulin would put me in a hypoglycemic condition, which is life threatening. So he let me eat my food, which has the effect of raising blood sugar levels.
My human retested me a couple of hours later, and the blood sugar reading came in at 70. The food raised my blood sugar like it was supposed to, and he doesn’t have to worry about me going into insulin shock.
Ironically, if you took Jacey’s blood sugar readings, you would find they fall into this range. This is where the blood sugar readings fall for a non-diabetic cat.
So my human is not going to give me any insulin this morning. It is very likely that we will see a rebound to a high blood sugar level this evening, but since high blood sugar levels are harmful in the long term and low blood sugar levels can kill right away, that is a tradeoff both my human and this diabetic cat are happy to make.