They Say that Curiosity Killed the Cat

Curiosity supposedly kills cats.  That’s why we have nine lives.

But in this cute video, it didn’t kill a very cute kitten.  It does make for some fun viewing.

Hope you enjoy this and that you have a great weekend!

Things Change Quickly for a Diabetic Cat

As you know from following me on Facebook and by reading this blog, one of the challenges diabetic cats have to deal with is having blood sugar readings taken.  I have to endure twice daily tests.  This means my human has to torture me for a couple of seconds twice a day when he lances my ear, swipes the blood droplet with the AlphaTRAK2 Blood Sugar Metertest strip, and then waits for the meter to give a reading for him.

He does this because my insulin dosing is based on my blood sugar readings.  While the veterinarian said that my blood sugar levels are relatively well controlled, we still need to test twice daily to make sure that spikes and crashes are accounted for.  We want to make sure I get enough insulin if the blood sugar goes way too high.

But more importantly, if my blood sugar levels crash, we do not want to give me too much insulin.  Having a blood sugar level that’s too high is not good, but it’s not a life threatening situation.

Having a blood sugar level that’s too low means I need to be treated immediately and it’s a medical emergency.

You can see the blood sugar meter that my human uses to test me.  And that one has a nice reading, at 127.  If my blood sugar level was there, my human would be happy, and I’d get a tiny dose of Levemir.

Unfortunately, this morning, that was not the case.  My blood sugar was a little high last night, at 318.  So that’s higher than we want, but tolerable.

This morning, my blood sugar level was way too high.  It came in at 641.  My human hasn’t seen readings like that since I was first diagnosed as a diabetic cat.

He is hoping that it’s just an outlier, and that when he comes back tonight, everything will be closer to normal.

But this demonstrates how quickly things can change for a diabetic cat like me.  For weeks, we were seeing good blood sugar readings, and my human was even talking to the vet about possibly testing me once a day.  This setback shows why it’s important to stay on top of things because they shift so quickly.

Please let my human know what you think by commenting, and please share this with other people so they can learn about diabetic cats.

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!