Jeff Sexton

Friday, October 17, 2008

Feline Diabetes

My cat Calic was diagnosed with diabetes this week. After doing a lot of reading on the subject, I concluded that I should try treating it. This will involve injecting insulin twice a day. Fortunately this is not very expensive, although there is a high up-front cost of a lot of testing at first to determine the correct dose. Cats are very hard to regulate in this respect, and every one is different.

And she needs to switch to a food low in carbohydrates from grain (luckily she likes the new food).

The worst thing about this is that she will really need the shot at the same times every day. I will have to plan everything I do with that in mind. I figured it's worth a try though if she can be brought to a stable state, since diabetes is not at all fatal, if treated, in cats. It seems to be less of a problem than it is in humans, once the correct dosage of insulin is determined. And she can still live relatively normally for an indefinite amount of time. I hope it's not a dumb thing to do.

Calic was a surplus, unused, lab animal from a project at a neuroscience lab. She was raised at a cat farm without human contact. There are numbers tattooed in her ears.

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