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July 25, 2009


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Teri and the cats of Furrydance

Good post, and good reason for that pre-anesthetic lab work, too. People often question why labs need to be run on a cat that "seems healthy" and your post explains just one of those reasons...


This is not necessarily the case, especially if the owner has multiple cats. But I do hope you did advise the owner to change food too - as an owner of a diabetic cat, OMG food can make ALL the difference. My cat was much worse and food and insulin made all the difference. It's a lot more expensive, but it's worth it in the long run. And make sure they don't try to save money buying the stuff from the natural food store that "looks" as good as say the prescription purina, it makes some cats extremely ill with diarrhea and vomiting.
I thank my vet all the time for the Lantus and Purina DM.


I'm wondering about the reaction of the owner when you tell them the cat is diabetic. Poor thing.


It was something like,
"Whoa! Dude! Glad I had him checked. Thanks."


I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.




My girlfriend's diabetic cat MINO was diagnosed back in 2008. After all the information we got at her vets office, it seemed like we'd be giving her Insulin for the rest of her life. Thank god for Insulin. I dont think Mino know how much she means to us.


Thanks for the Info. Your blags are amazing!

Shawn koellhoffer

I have two cats who were diagnosed with diabetes. They both tested positive for the bacteria which causes cat scratch fever. They were treated with 4 weeks of antibiotics and the diabetes cleared completely. Both have been off insulin completely for over a year. I hear there is a link between this bacteria and gum disease in cats.


Hello, Shawn,

Oddly enough, there are quite a few diabetic cats who are more a case of a kind of "pancreas exhaustion". They have had excessive insulin demands for a long time and their pancreas can't keep it up. These cats can recover their ability to produce enough insulin for normal needs, provided you give them replacement insulin in the meantime.

This can happen with other illnesses and biological stresses.

This is yet another reason why it is important to monitor these patients. If they recover their ability to produce insulin, you don't want to overdose them with the external source.

Congratulations on having cats who made this recovery.

Thanks for reading and writing.

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