|What could be sweeter then a diabetic pet!
|An email had been sent to the group about a diabetic kitty in Texas
needing a home. The owner wanted to have him put to sleep because he had
diabetes and "was just a cat". I had Sunduster at the time and could not
see putting a cat down just because of diabetes. This disease is not a
killer. The cat's name was Smokey and lived at the Lovan Animal Clinic
in College Station, Texas. I waited a couple of days hoping someone would
offer to take him, but no one did. So I contacted Lisa at the clinic and
told her I was interested in taking Smokey. I already had one diabetic
cat so what trouble could one more be! Lisa and I emailed each other several
times getting to know each other. At one time during the time I was waiting
to get Smokey there was talk of his owner wanting him back but that did
not happen. Then I was told that the owner had come into the clinic and
signed papers releasing Smokey to them. So I bought a cat bed, toys, and
food for Smokey. And on Saturday March 19th I went up to College Station
to get my new boy. The trip took about 2 hours and I put about 400
miles on my car. I had taken pictures of the wonderful countryside and
at the vet's. But on the way back my camera broke and the pictures are
still in the camera. I have not been able to get it fixed yet.Smokey had
been an inside outside cat and I was concerned as how he would react to
being totally inside. (not to worry, it does not bother him at all) I was
told he was in the "honeymoon stage" of the diabetes. He was eating WD
dry and getting no insulin at this time. When I finally got to the clinic,
the vet was not there and neither was Lisa. Only two helpers were there.
I would have liked to have met the vet and Lisa. Smokey weighed about 18
lbs and when I picked him up, he felt every bit of that and more! He was
a very friendly guy and when I put him in the carrier that I had brought,
he started mewing. Once he was out in the car, he did not stop. I guess
he had a lot to tell me.
I kept him in my bedroom for several weeks as I wanted him to get used
to me and the smell of my cats. During that time, I noticed that he was
urinating a lot more and drinking a lot more water. So off to the vet we
go. Tests were done and he had to go on insulin. We put him on the same
PZI that Sunduster was on. Smokey gets 4 units twice a day. So far he is
doing great. He is out with my cats now. He is a loner though. I think
because he has moved around a lot. His owner had gotten him from a shelter,
then she deserted him to the vet clinic. I just hope my home is his last.
He likes to sleep on his back. He eats very well and doesn't mind the shots
at all. He is a big beautiful blue boy.
(Here is his picture.
As soon as I have time, I am going to put all of the pictures on a
webpage) I had gotton a throw away camera to take pictures of him in my
Update: Sat, 11 Jun 2005
Rosemary had another diabetic cat named Sunduster
|He weighs 18 lbs, but look at his legs in the picture at top of the
He is very big boned.
Update on Smokey 6- 11- 05
He is doing fine and eats well. I used to feed him WD wet and
dry, but he got tired of that and quit eating it. I now have him on Science
Diet Senior. His coat has improved, is more shiny with less mats. I still
use PZI insulin, giving him 6 units in the morning and 5 at night.
He is getting old--12 years now and just celebrated his 3rd sugarversary.
He does sleep more during the day. When I first got him, he was not at
all trusting. He now lies in my lap. Of course when I have roast chicken,
he has to have some. (no skin or fat, of course) That is his favorite snack.
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