Monday, November 29, 2004

Clyde Update

Took my diabetic cat to the vet today. Apparently the new diet is working. His glycose is 217 (with no insulin) and his weight is down from 19 pounds to 12. That's a loss of 7 pounds since August. I fear he's lost too much weight way too fast, he's all bony, but the vet says keep him on the diet. Clyde sort of reminds me of spooky Karl Lagerfield after he lost 90 pounds. But without all the haute couture.


At 2:12 PM, Blogger Kells said...

Hi Reb,

I also am the owner of a diabetic cat Emily(as of about 6 weeks ago we learned what was wrong with her). We have to give her two insulin shots a day and it's made a huge difference. She was having tremors and they are gone completely.

She's maintaining a weight about 13-14 pounds down from 16-17 lbs. We feed her dry food Purina DM for diabetic cats, which we leave out all day. And twice a day she gets Fancy Feast, which apparently is good for diabetic cats. (She turned her nose up to the food the doctor sent home with us, so they said Fancy Feast is just as good, mostly protein.) Basically, my cat's on Kitty Adkins. All protein, all the time. Fresh tuna or chicken is always a good treat.

I forget my cats glucose numbers but it's been pretty normal with the insulin. I never thought I'd be one to give a shot to a cat, but here we are and she's doing much better. Emily is 11 years old.

Are you considering insulin?

Best wishes to Clyde.

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Reb said...


We have Clyde on a prescription diet (W/D) -- which he loves. It's expensive. Our vet is hoping we can treat the diabetes with his diet (which is similar to a kitty atkins too), but insulin is always a possibility if his glucose levels go back up. They were really high in August (when he was diagonosed) and they said it was surprising he hadn't suffered any seizures based on his numbers.

At 2:33 AM, Blogger Kells said...

Good luck with the diet. I know, the special "diabetic kitty food" is quite pricey.

It's pretty amazing what animals (and people) can tolerate. Our vet said with cats, many times they just adapt and actually live with diabetes for a while before you realize it.

Our cat also has an autoimmune issue, so I think that may have caused her tremors to be worse, which alerted us to the diabetes.

I swear, I could write a book on my cat & our recent experiences. I noticed our vet is now driving a Mini Cooper. I'm pretty sure my cat helped pay for the engine, wheels and fine paint job.

Take care. Clyde too!


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