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Grr.

We took Mei-Mei off insulin and within a few days she had elevated blood sugar.

What's vexing here is that when we took her off, she was on 1/2 unit twice a day. I can't give her any less than that. So looks like I'll be taking her in to the vet in the next two weeks to see what alternatives there are. Something like the pills that didn't work in spring of last year because they were too feeble might end up being the solution this time. Her lil' pancreas clearly needs assistance, but possibly not the twice a day insulin bomb.

Otherwise, she was bouncing around last night and partying like a furry rock star.

I'm actually feeling a bit relieved now that I know she's drinking and peeing because of diabetes. It's a problem to which I know there is a solution, and it's one we already possess.

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shreddy
Feb. 25th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Less shots sounds good.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 25th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, giving a shot is easier on both of us than giving her a pill! Half the time she doesn't even notice the shot but she ALWAYS notices the pill.
la_azteca
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that it doesn't matter how well you disguise pills (stick it in wet cat food, I've been told), the cats will notice the pill anyway.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Badira dealt well with her daily Tapazole if it was put in wet cat food, but Tapazole apparently has no taste. Some pills taste horrid and the best bet is to put them (if possible) in empty gelcaps.

I don't know if the glucophage pills had any taste.
brotherskeeper1
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Poor girl :(

With diabetes more than the usual / normal amount of drinking plus urination is indicative of dehydration. The body simply does not absorb fluids and it's a matter of in the mouth and out the bladder.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
What clued me off was that when I cleaned her litter box Saturday there was only a corner of the plastic grocery bag full of dirty cat litter. On Tuesday night the dirty litter filled the entire bottom of the bag.

She got her shot right away, then again in the morning, and already her dirty litter output is back to near normal. We'll do another ear test over the weekend and I'll take her to the vet March 7, after she's had nearly a week to settle into her insulin routine.

It's just so weird because she was down to needing almost no insulin. This is why I'm thinking pills instead of shots might be the next step.
brotherskeeper1
Feb. 26th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
"What clued me off was that when I cleaned her litter box Saturday there was only a corner of the plastic grocery bag full of dirty cat litter." This sounds like she was retaining fluid.

"On Tuesday night the dirty litter filled the entire bottom of the bag." Whatever you did between Saturday and Tuesday appears to have helped.

Diabetes is different from one case to another and the drug regimen has to be customized according. Unfortunately that is by trial and error.

Pills can either help, makes things worse or be of no help. Stabilizing a cat or dog is probably as difficult as stabilizing humans. I hope it all works out.

kishiriadgr
Feb. 26th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
The "whatever I did" was to resume giving her insulin. We'll test her glucose this weekend since she reacted quickly and I'll take her to the vet next weekend to test her on their machine and get recommendations on what to do next.
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