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Title: My cat is sick
Post by: lighthouse33 on August 22, 2012, 11:49:07 AM
My Gus has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He will have to get insulin shots twice a day and maybe have a change in his food.  The vet showed us how to give him the shots, he got his first one today.  He said that Gus should live a normal life and that this is not life ending. 

I did some research on diabetes and I see that they are considering naming type 2 diabetes as an autoimmune disease:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/222766.php

I was pretty sure Gus was diabetic.  He's been drinking and peeing like crazy for a couple of weeks.  His level was a 330.  I don't know how high that might be. 

The vet also ran tests for other issues like hyperthyroidism, liver and kidney problems.  Hope nothing else shows up.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: WildThing on August 22, 2012, 12:04:06 PM
Sorry to hear your cat is sick but at least the vet is going to take care of him now.  The other tests are probably just 'in case'.  Many animals with diabetes live to a ripe old age.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: lynnmarie219 on August 22, 2012, 05:00:24 PM
So sorry to hear that Gus is sick...but glad it is something they can treat with medication. It is true that many dogs and cats live long lives after being diagnosed with diabetes...and if he took his first shot well with no major reactions or problems...that is a good sign too!

Hope Gus feels better...
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Carebear on August 22, 2012, 08:50:57 PM
I hope Gus feels better soon, lighthouse.   I'm glad to hear that he will continue to live a normal life.  That's just wonderful.

As for type 2 diabetes being an autoimmune disease, I've never heard that one before.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: susanep on August 23, 2012, 10:44:59 PM
I am so glad Gus is being treated so he can feel better. I have a big white cat Charlie.

Give Gus a big hug for us. Hope he feels better soon.

susanep :)
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Katybarstool on August 24, 2012, 02:22:01 PM
How's Gus doing today, Lighthouse?

Kathyx
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: lighthouse33 on August 24, 2012, 03:29:13 PM
He's doing a lot better.  Much more alert and active.  The vet said he should quit urinating a lot and drinking so much water after several days of shots. 

The final test results came in - no metabolic disease (kidneys or liver) and no hypothyroidism.  Woo Hoo!  There were abnormalities but they are because of the diabetes.  I was really concerned about renal failure because Abyssinians as a breed are prone to this. 

We are getting better with the shots.  It does take all three of us.  Mom takes the rear end, I have the front end and dad gives the shot.  I hold and talk to him to soothe him.  Dad is so slick now that most of the times he doesn't even feel it. 

In two weeks time he will fast overnight, not have his shot in the morning and spend the day at the vets where they will do a glucose curve and feed him.  This is to see if they need to adjust the insulin dosage.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: artistangie on August 24, 2012, 06:20:26 PM
aw poor kitty and mom  :(
I am glad the other tests look good tho!
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: WildThing on August 25, 2012, 05:57:17 AM
He's doing a lot better.  Much more alert and active.  The vet said he should quit urinating a lot and drinking so much water after several days of shots. 

The final test results came in - no metabolic disease (kidneys or liver) and no hypothyroidism.  Woo Hoo!  There were abnormalities but they are because of the diabetes.  I was really concerned about renal failure because Abyssinians as a breed are prone to this. 

We are getting better with the shots.  It does take all three of us.  Mom takes the rear end, I have the front end and dad gives the shot.  I hold and talk to him to soothe him.  Dad is so slick now that most of the times he doesn't even feel it. 

In two weeks time he will fast overnight, not have his shot in the morning and spend the day at the vets where they will do a glucose curve and feed him.  This is to see if they need to adjust the insulin dosage.

Aw bless, glad you are just about managing it though.  A friend of mine had  diabetic dog and she had to give him shots.  In the end he just died of old age.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: iraisin on August 25, 2012, 08:06:33 PM
Glad to hear kitty is doing better.

I have two elderly Bassets, and I really hate it when they get sick or get hurt. They are my babies.

Our pets help us so much. There's good love there, and much comfort.

Glad you will have your good buddy Gus for a long time to come.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: lighthouse33 on September 10, 2012, 11:22:28 AM
I'm sorry to report that we are facing a possible set back.  Gus was vomiting everywhere this morning.  We held off on giving him the insulin shot until we got an okay from the vet.  We talked to one of the gals in the office around eleven and she said to go ahead and give it to him.

The vet called around 1 PM and said that one of the enzymes in his blood is low which suggests he could have pacreatitis.  Dad is at the vets getting him some wet food in hopes that he will eat that.  If he doesn't we have a standing appointment for tomorrow afternoon where he will have to stay at the hospital. 

Prognosis for dogs and cats with pancreatitis is 50% the same as it is for humans.  Not good. 
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: slccom on September 10, 2012, 12:27:27 PM
I hope poor Gus feels much better soon! Also his people.  :(
Sharon
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: engy on September 10, 2012, 03:11:04 PM
Sorry Gus isn't doing well. I will keep him & you in my prayers.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: lynnmarie219 on September 10, 2012, 04:03:10 PM
Awwwww...sorry to hear Gus is having a setback...hope he is able to get back up and going soon without further problems.

In the meantime I will keep you and Gus in my thoughts and sending all positive wishes for his recovery.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Carebear on September 13, 2012, 06:06:41 PM
I hope Gus is feeling a bit better, lighthouse.  I am very sorry to hear that he has had a set back.

How are you doing?  It's been a very difficult year for you, your parents and now Gus.  I'm thinking about you.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: lighthouse33 on September 14, 2012, 09:06:51 AM
Gus did not have to go to the vet hospital.  He's been eating his wet food (although not the amount that he needs to - a can and a half a day)  We've put back out the diabetic dry food so he can snack on that.  He's sleeping a lot but the urinating and drinking of the water and really calmed down.  Will go for another glucose curve next week. 

Carebear,

Thank you for inquiring about me.  I found out yesterday that I have MRSA.  I had this place on my back that I had been watching for over a week, finally decided yesterday to show it to mom and dad.  Mom said "Oh my Gosh - that's worst thing I've ever seen in my life - I've never seen anything like that."  The ER doc took one look and said it's an abscess with Community Acquired MRSA.  And, with Sjogren's I can't fight it off like normal people.  He lanced it which hurt like heck.  I have a prescription for doxycycline hyclate 100 MG that I take twice a day for ten days..  Also, a prescription for Mupirocin 2% Ointment that I will put in my nose twice a day for 5 days.  My nose has been bothering me all summer, the doc figures it's there also.  My dad is applying a warm compress three times a day and pushing out whatever pus / discharge that comes out.  Doc said if we don't get that out and the hole closes up, it will just come back again and be a never ending cycle.

I guess I am a MRSA carrier now.  So, when the rhuemy asks me if I've had any infections, I can raise my hand and say:  "Me, me!"  LOL!  MRSA, another gift from Sjogren's that keeps on giving.  If anyone has any experience with it, any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Carebear on September 14, 2012, 09:31:14 AM
Poor lighthouse!

My Dad had MRSA as well so I have a good idea what you are going through.

One good thing about being a carrier...you will always get a private room if you stay in the hospital.   ;)  I hope it heals well and quickly for you.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: meow on September 14, 2012, 09:41:41 AM
Poor Gus!
And poor you :(

Positive thoughts and blessings  heading your way ...
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Tivia on September 14, 2012, 05:00:26 PM
Hello, I am new but I just wanted to say I am sorry your kitty is sick also. It always makes me sad to see our best friends in pain or sickness. Sometimes they are the only ones who stand by us through the darkest nights when we can be at our lowest. Its good he has a friend like you that will return the favor, best wishes for both of you. :)
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: lighthouse33 on September 20, 2012, 11:15:18 AM
Welcome to the forum Tivia.  I agree with you about pets standing by us.  They truly offer us unconditional love with no judgements.  Gus even sets by me while my dad puts on the warm compresses on my back.  We think it's a protective maneuver on his part.

Positive news on the diabetes front.  Gus' blood sugar level has come down.  They have lowered  his twice daily insulin shot from 3 units to 2 units.  The vet thinks the diabetic food is working.  He will return for another glucose curve in a month.  Last week he gave me a kiss after one of his shots.  Last night he popped out of his heated bed without any coaxing.  We think he looks forward to the attention he gets with the shots. 
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Katybarstool on September 22, 2012, 12:15:41 PM
Lighthouse,

That's really good news about Gus. I bet he loves the extra attention too - but he deserves it.

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Tivia on September 22, 2012, 01:01:45 PM
yay happy kitteh, just watch his diet and his weight and give him a snuggle from me :)
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: lighthouse33 on November 02, 2012, 09:05:15 AM
Gus got a clean bill of health yesterday.  How is that possible. 

The vets were quite surprised on Wednesday when they did a glucose curve and Gus did not require any insulin.  They checked his blood sugar again on Thursday and it was normal. 

He explained that it is rare but some cats outgrown their diabetes.  It usually happens after six months of insulin treatment. 

Gus will continue with the wet and dry diabetic food. And, we will monitor his water intake and his urine output. 

He kept looking for his shot this morning.  Lots of talking and following us around.  We think he liked all of the extra attention he was getting.  It is funny how they get used to a routine. 
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Joe S. on November 02, 2012, 10:43:55 AM
I think that you should give him the extra attention just like he would get if he was getting the shot. Make him feel loved and cared for.
Title: Re: My cat is sick
Post by: Ark mom on November 02, 2012, 08:16:25 PM
Poor kitty!  I am so sorry he is sick.  I hope he recovers quickly.

I gave insulin shots to my type two diabetic kitty twice a day for several years.  When his weight got back down to normal his diabetes went into "remission" and no longer needed shots.  Apparently that is not uncommon for diabetic cats. 

Take care!  Lots of kitty hugs to Gus!