December 21 Blood Sugar Readings

My Blood Sugar Readings Made me Feel Like This

Hello, everyone. Did you know that yesterday was the day with the longest night for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere? I do not mind, because we felines have plenty of light to see. Even when all of the lights are out, there is enough residual light for Jacey, Marley, and me to get around. The human on the other hand? Well, let’s just say that it is a source of amusement for us.

My Blood Sugar Readings Made me Feel Like This
My Blood Sugar Readings Made me Feel Like This

Unfortunately, my blood sugar readings this week were not amusing for either me or the human. We had done so well last week and this week was disappointing. My blood sugar readings for the week averaged 255. That is significantly higher than the 221 we saw last week. It is also high enough that it’s a concern if my blood sugar readings remain that high for a long period of time.

The low reading for the week was 197 which was fine. But the high was 300, which I did not like.

I do not know why this is happening. Activity wise, I am much more active than I have been in the past. Jacey used to be the one who would run outside on the balcony as soon as the human opened the door. Now it is me! And in the morning, both Jacey and I hop onto the bed and snuggle next to the human until he must wake up.

The human is confused as well. He increased my dosing, but my blood sugar readings continue to remain stubbornly high. He is going to see what happens over the next month or so and see if that helps reduce my blood sugar levels.

It is frustrating for me and the human to see this continue, but there is not much we can do! We have to continue to treat my diabetes, and see if we can get my blood sugar levels to lower. I know he will keep trying, and I do not fuss too much when he does.

9/28 Blood Sugar Readings

Hello, kind humans. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Did you like reading about the Aztec Cats that are near me? How about the great work that Michigan Cat Rescue does? Now that the weekend is over, it is time for me to update you on my blood sugar readings for the week.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Feeling Playful This Morning
Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Feeling Playful This Morning

For the week, my blood sugar readings averaged 226. That is a little lower than what we saw last week, when they averaged 229. We could call them pretty much consistent over the two week period since blood sugar meters have a range of error. The readings for the two weeks are within the range of error, so they are pretty much the same.

The high reading of the week was one where I would be concerned if my blood sugar readings were consistently at that level. It came in at 300. The low for the week came on the morning after the human was away for a long time and one of the people working at the white coated humans came to give me my shot and noms. It was 103.

It seems like my blood sugar readings have stabilized at a level where they will not do harm to me long term, but they are still higher than what we would like to see. It is not ideal, but as long as the human keeps giving me my insulin shots, I should be okay.

I do have a question for you, though. The human has noticed that some of the fur on my hind legs has started to get matted. He does not know if this is something to be concerned about or if I should go to a place where I can get a bath.

In order to try to get this under control, the human has used the Furminator on me. It worked to get rid of a mat under my chin and he hopes it will be the same here. Do you humans have any advice for him?

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat’s 4/27 Readings

Hello, everyone.  It is time for me to give you my blood sugar readings for the week ending 4/27.  As you know, it’s very important when treating a diabetic cat like me for humans to keep track of our blood sugar levels.

The insulin doses I receive as a diabetic cat need to be adjusted so that I do not get a blood sugar level that is too high or too low.  If my blood sugar level goes too high, then over time, it can cause many dangerous side effects.  And if my blood sugar levels go too low, it can create a life threatening condition called hypoglycemia.

For the week, my blood sugar levels averaged a little less than last week, coming in with a weekly average of 207.  We are getting really close to having an average blood sugar level below the 200 mark that the human would like to see me hit.  Remember, anything below 300 is okay, but below 200 is even better.

The high blood sugar reading of the week, which was 308, was the only one that was above the level where diabetic cats can suffer side effects if things are not corrected.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Human Felt Like ThisThe low for the week, though, gave my human a scare.  I came in with a hypoglycemic reading, at 33.  Remember, when my blood sugar level is below 40, that is considered hypoglycemic.  It is said that for diabetic cats, high blood sugar levels are dangerous over time, but low blood sugar levels can be dangerous quickly.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Blood Sugar ChartI was already eating my noms when the human saw that reading, so he monitored me very carefully.  I was active and alert, and I didn’t eat my noms too quickly and vomit them up.  Nor did I show a lack of interest in noms.

The human made the decision to not take me to the humans in white coats, but to watch me closely, and to see what my blood sugar level was after a while.  Well, after watching me closely for three hours, he took my blood sugar level.  And I was definitely no longer hypoglycemic, with my blood sugar level at 213.

He gave me a slightly reduced dose, because it is not good for a diabetic cat to go from low blood sugar to high blood sugar.  And he will check things in the morning.

If you have a diabetic cat, and you do not have as much experience with this as my human does, you should talk to the humans in white coats if your feline is hypoglycemic.  The human has gained years of experience in treating me, so he knows what to watch for.  Often, when he talks to the humans in white coats, they ask him what he thinks!

He still listens to the humans in white coats.  They know more about feline health than he does, but he has gained a lot of practical knowledge about diabetic cats.  Even with this knowledge, it is important to listen to the humans in white coats!