A Diabetic Cat’s Veterinarians: Part One

I have had three veterinarians in the eight years I’ve been alive.  You would think a diabetic cat would have more!

Today I will tell you about the first veterinarian that my human took me to.  She is the one who did the most work on me.  The other veterinarians in my life have examined me and diagnosed me as a diabetic cat, but my human does most of the work.

My human was living in Maryland at the time, and he received good care for his other cat, who became my furiend, Pepe at the Gaithersburg Veterinary ClinThe First Veterinary Clinic for Bagheera the Diabetic Catic. So naturally, he took me there.  In the county where I used to live, even indoor cats like me needed to get certain vaccinations.  So he took me there to get them.

That is where I got my first experience with the owner of the practice, Dr. Bonnie Hileman.  She was a native of the area, and returned there to set up her practice.  She was very good at handling me, and my human insisted on working with her.

When I became a little older, he took me in to get fixed.  I am still unhappy about getting that surgery, and I remind my human that I know where his are by stepping on them when he is lying down or sitting.  He thinks I just step there accidentally, but I’m smarter than he gives me credit for.

I also had surgery there to remove my front dew claws.  My human didn’t believe in removing any cat’s claws, but this was different.  My dew claws kept getting ingrown into my paw pads.  So after discussing it with Dr. Hileman, he decided to have only the dew claws removed.  He left me there overnight, and came to pick me up the next day.

My human knew for sure I was his kind of cat when I got home.  I attacked the scratching post like I normally would, but because I just had the surgery, one of my paws started to bleed.

I just stopped, licked my paw, and went back to scratching.  This is something my human loved seeing.  He played hockey for decades and he’s got the same attitude.

This is also the veterinary clinic where my human got his first inkling of me possibly being a diabetic cat.  One of the my blood tests came back with elevated blood sugar levels.  But a more extensive examination showed that I wasn’t a diabetic cat, so my human was happy and thought that was it.  If only that was true.

I don’t live in the area anymore but I have fond memories of that clinic.  If you live in the area, I definitely recommend them.

A Phone Call With the Veterinarian

Yesterday, my human got a call from the veterinarian.  One of the most important things to do for a diabetic cat like me with a relatively difficult case is to monitor the blood sugar levels.  You can see the process in this video

It’s not fun, but it’s something he has to do twice a day.  And I don’t lay there like that.  I squirm a lot and I also yelp when the lancet hits my ear.  My human is able to scruff me and hold my ear with one hand while he does the testing with the other, so he makes it work.  I don’t get too mad at him, although I let him know I don’t like it.

So while my human was doing this over the past week and sharing some of the readings with you on Twitter, one thing he didn’t do is update the online spreadsheet that his veterinarian set up for him.  He was a slacker human and I will bite him for doing this.  Since he draws blood from me, maybe I will draw blood from him.

He updated the information this morning, and talked to the veterinarian.  TheTalking about Blood Sugar Readings for a Diabetic Caty told him that he should be commended for all the work he has done to take care of a diabetic cat like me.  Apparently, my case is considered a difficult one.  So while he’s not truly satisfied with the blood sugar levels he’s seeing, it’s relatively well controlled for diabetic cats with tough cases like mine.

My human is stubborn, however.  He continues to work at getting my blood sugar levels under better control, even though they tell him things are relatively well controlled.

What this likely means, though, is that the hope of going to once a day testing is likely going to remain that.  A hope.  It’s just not realistic for me based on the readings we’ve seen since I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat.

Introducing Playtime Kitty Cat Toys

Besides educating you about diabetic cats, I want to share some interesting people and cats so that you can help them.  One of our furiends on Facebook has started a new company which makes cat toys.  It’s called Playtime Kitty, located in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The founder of Playtime Kitty, Ursula Harkin, has four cats and five dogs.  If anyone knows how to keep furry friends happy, it’s her!

Three of Ursula’s cats are males.  Supreme Commander Thor is the oldest boy, and he is three.  Then there’s Garfield and Leo, who are six months old.  The only girl in the bunch is Winnie, who’s also known as Snookes.  She is around four.

The oldest of the five dogs is Sidney, and she is 13 years old.  Tigger, Patten, and Eisenhower are all from the same litter.  They are twelve.  The youngest dog is Montgomery Binx, who is a ten year old girl.

Ursula founded the company on the premise that her customer’s needs are of the utmost importance.  The entire company is committed to meeting those needs.  That’s why a high percentage of their business is from repeat customers and referrals.

Running a company that specializes in cat toys was not what Ursula had in mind.  She studied biomedical science in college.  But after graduation, Ursula found that there were no jobs to be found in that field.

Playtime Kitty Cat ToysSo she put together her love of animals and her need to do something that would pay the bills and came up with Playtime Kitty.  Ursula often bought toys for her nine furiends, but she was never able to find anything that was unique and different.

That’s why she came up with the idea to do personalized gift bags.  Her plan is to initially focus on toy bags for cats, and then grow the business so that she can sell toy bags for dogs as well.

I like the idea of a unique bag of cat toys!  Think I should get my human to buy some?