I brought Hildie in for a followup to see how the small changes in her diet (applied to her, Chessie and Teia) are working, along with the insulin.
1st, Miss Teia's blood results (except for a couple of readings related to office visit stress) she's almost dead center normal on thyroid, kidneys, liver and blood makeup, high end of normal on blood sugar (stress), low end of normal on a couple white blood cell counts and a little high on a couple of the red blood cell factors (these latter likely due to a little dehydration). Doc is pleased that she's down to a nice weight for her frame. She was close to 20# when we took her in 2 June 2009, now she's a little over 14#. I think the lower calorie "Indoor Formula" kibble and a higher proportion of canned food helps.
2nd, Miss Hildie's blood sugar after 9 days of 2 units a day went from 465 to 352. Doc said go to 4 units a day (breakfast shot and supper shot, 2 units each) along with the gradual diet changes. We'll re-check in 2 weeks.
Hildie used to be over 17# and was almost 15# when we brought the girls in for their rabies shots last month. During her re-check when Doc showed me how to give her insulin she was just over 11.5#. Today, she was just over 12#, which Doc thinks is a good sign.
Hildie is such a good girl when I give her the shot. She lays down and is very still. The other night I was a little late, and she was batting at my leg to remind me.
It's so nice to see this confirmation that these are little beings with a measure of intelligence and understanding.
Happy to hear Miss Teia had a good report. I am also really happy to hear Hildie's numbers going down. What insulin are you giving her? Is she still using her litter box alot? I found getting another litter box really helped my boy. Didnt have anymore accidents.
I am using ProZinc with u40 syringes (29 ga needle).
Gave Hildie her 1st 2 unit shot about 1/2 hour ago.
We've come up with a routine. She comes and bats my leg when she's finished her canned food.
I'll then prepare the syringe, her milk and cookies, too. She likes the Greenies stomach health treats. Since the bag says give kitty up to 16 a day, she'll get 4 before the shot, 4 after the shot and then a teaspoon or so of milk.
It's wonderful that both kitties are doing so much better. It sounds like Hildie recognizes that she feels better with the shots. Plus, she wants those Greenies treats.
One thing I do with Akira that is not treat related, since she does still have some weight to lose herself is to give her an extra long brushing with a metal loop "brush" after trimming her nails. "Brush" and "Fish" are her two favorite words. She loves being brushed. Having something like this to look forward to after getting her nails trimmed makes her tolerate getting her nails trimmed a little more, too.
Happy for the good reports
I wish my girls were so found of brushing now that is "fur ball season" again here.Joy let me brush always the same side and Lucky wants me to do that while she is upside the wall or another almost impossible position to reach.
Just commented with the vet about Loreena being eating one sachet each 2 days - he didnt like, of course.Now is hot season here and she started eating few again.( even with that "plus")
Wondering if wet cat food frozen with a few dry crunch grains of food would please her more.Named it "cats ice cream"...
thx for the update...was wondering how Miss Hildie was doing....she is such a dear sweetie to be so patient.........
I'm glad all is going well for her and there won't be any issues. You'll have to tell us how the packing is going Pip, anxious to get moved and all the household back together :))
oh yeah, I hear you abt the joys of moving....or lack there of :(
its not a fun time, its dang hard work....one I'm not looking forward to even thinking abt right now, my move WILL be to a retirement dwelling which means discarding many treasures.
I've got my fingers crossed for you Pip that a job and housing will soon work out in your favor. its been a long go of it for you and the girls without mama cat...
just keep on apacking, remember unpacking is much more fun...hugs to the girls ((>^.^<))
It sounds like Hildie cat's purrsonality is blossoming. Spelling pun intended. It will take the cats a while to get used to their new digs, but they will eventually come to really love their new home once everyone is settled into the new routine in the new digs.
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