What Kinds of Insulin Do Diabetic Cats Use?

One of the things that amazed my human when he first was learning about treating me is that feline diabetes is treated almost exactly the same as human diabetes.  There are so many different choices when it comes Insulin Vialto the insulin to use.

You read about Clyde, and how he’s being treated with Humulin. That’s just one of the different types of insulin used to treat cats.

All of them have different benefits and drawbacks.  I personally have been on two different types of insulin since I’ve been diagnosed with feline diabetes.

Initially, I started off with Prozinc.  This is a synthetic analogue of a beef and pork derived insulin, also known as PZI.  Companies stopped making the natural PZI in the 1990s, and it’s now difficult to find.  So Prozinc was developed to replace the natural PZI.

My results with Prozinc were not good.  Maybe it was because both my human and his vet were just starting to get a handle on my diabetes, but it didn’t seem to work too well.  Since my primary vet couldn’t get a handle on what was happening to me, we went to a specialist.

The specialist recommended that we switch to Levemir, which is an ultra slow release insulin that’s a synthetic version of what you humans have.  My human hates to waste things, so he used up the Prozinc before switching.

Another difference between Prozinc and Levemir is the dosing levels.  Prozinc doses are based on 40 units per milliliter.  Levemir dosing levels are based on 100 units per milliliter.

I’ve seen much better results with Levemir.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the drug or if it’s because my human has gotten better at treating my diabetes.

When I was on Prozinc, I saw a spike to a level where the meter just read “HI,” which meant that my glucose level was over 750.  That was at the specialist, and I had already been to see my regular vet that day.  So two vet visits, a drive in the car, and a hot San Diego day may have had a lot to do with this.  But even given this, that was way too high.

Now, though, my human is unhappy when my glucose reading goes even a little over 300.  The vet even called my blood sugars fairly well controlled.

I don’t know if it’s the different insulin, or my human getting better at treating me.  But we are happy either way because my diabetes is under much better control!

Meet Max: Another Polydactyl Diabetic Cat

Max Masanz, Another Polydactyl Diabetic CatPlease say hello to another fun and loving diabetic cat.  Max is a lovable tuxedo cat who is also a polydactyl just like me.  His human was looking around a shelter for a cat when he was around nine months old.  She didn’t notice Max at first, but he decided she needed a hug.  And Max took his big paws and wrapped them around her neck to give her a big feline hug.  When Max, who has 25 toes and 26 toenails, gives a hug, it’s something you definitely notice.

His human sure did, and she said “this one” and took Max home.  That was eight years ago.  For most of those eight years, Max was a happy, silly, busy and yes, naughty cat.  But then he started to lose weight last year.  He dropped two pounds in three months.  His human was worried, so he went to the vet many times and they diagnosed him with feline diabetes.

Poor Max didn’t know why he was diabetic, because he doesn’t like cake or chocolate.  But his human focused on getting his blood sugar under control, and after a few months, it was under control.

But after meeting the diabetes challenge, poor Max had another one thrown at him.  He got an upper respiratory infection, and he hadn’t recovered enough from the diabetes yet.  He was at the vet a lot and dropped down to 5.6 pounds.  His treatment made the ear sticks that I complain about look easy, because he had to endure IV fluids and had to eat through a syringe.  His poor human was worried that he wasn’t going to make it.

Fortunately, Max pulled through.  He has started eating again and he will go back to the vet to see where his weight is.  But he’s made progress, since he doesn’t have what his human calls his dinosaur bones on his back anymore.

His humans are very glad to have him back.  They love him a lot!

Max lives with a very generous bunch of humans.  They not only adopted him, but they help foster cats for the shelter where they got him.  He doesn’t like this, because there are always kittens around and Max doesn’t like kittens.

But he does have a furiend named Cricket, who is a black lab.  And his humans love him.

Do you want to learn more about Max?  You can go to his Facebook page.

A Call with the Veterinarian

So my human had a call with the veterinarian this morning.  They are not going to make any changes to my insulin dosing.  My human wanted to know if they would ramp up the insulin dosing a little for when my blood sugar goes over 300, but they said they were concerned Veterinarian with Catthat it would cause the blood sugar to drop lower than they want.

It didn’t help that my human was bad one day where this group of readings was taken.  He normally comes home for lunch and gives me and Jacey more food.  But he couldn’t that day.  Naturally, my blood sugar levels dropped a lot.  When you don’t eat, your blood sugar drops.

So the veterinarians saw that reading and it concerned them.  That’s why they didn’t want to change things.

They consider me a fairly well regulated diabetic cat.  Of course, my human is not satisfied and he probably won’t be until my blood sugar levels are close to normal

But I think I’m going to have to swat some sense into him.  He told you about Clyde’s struggles yesterday, and he is still fussing?  What a silly human.  I know he wants the best for me but sometimes, he is so silly.

He should be happy.  The veterinarian said that I am doing okay, and instead of fussing, he should be happy.  I will have to teach him to be more cat like.  We are generally content when things are okay.  Or maybe he should go do more yoga.

But I think I’ll keep him around.  He does care for me and I have to remember that he’s only human.

What do you think about my human or my dosing?  Please tell me and please share this story!