Our little friend Hildiekatt Halfshadow the Harrier (Hildie for short, aka Monkey Baby) has diabetes.
I give her a shot twice a day. I've gotten her to associate it with getting a few "Greenies" stomach treats and a little bit of milk (no more than a tablespoon at a time). She is not lactose intolerant, and really likes 1% milk.
I put down a couple of treats, which she eats, then I put down the little bowl and a couple more treats. I pet her a little and she lays flat when I pinch up the skin between her shoulder blades. After I administer the insulin, I pet her again, telling her what a good girl she is and then say "All done!" She then eats her other treats and laps up her milk.
If I'm a laggard in getting her the treat, milk and shot after her breakfast or supper, she comes and paws at my leg to remind me.
We'll be going to see Doc Knilans (our vet) on Friday morning to see how the insulin is doing for her. Her initial blood sugar readings were in the mid 460's. Last check they were down to the mid 250's.
Keep at it for kitty, the diabetes is controllable. Ive's also been weening the girls off of dry foods with grain in them, plus feeding only minced or pate style canned food. The gravy ones are higher in carbs. And, some of the big brands (like the Friskes I feed the 3) are actually lower in carbs than the premium brands.
Opus88 has posted some excellent links about kitties and diabetes.
Cushing's, I know that can take a bit of work to get the meds right. My brother in law has that. After they found the right balance, he's been doing fine. Your kitty will, too.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.