|Monday, April 14, 2008
Our Next Who Am I is Barb Warf . Barb and her Sister Dianne live in
1993 was a bad year. We lost our beloved Tinker of 21 years to old age
in the summer. Her antagonist, Tuffy, thought of her as a surrogate
mom, and never got over her leaving. He passed in early December of the
same year. When my friends heard we were cat less, they suggested I go
to the pound as they had lots of cats. When I went there, there were only
four, Herman, Rascal and two others. I was told that Herman was to be euthanized
that weekend, and Rascal was missing her ear tips and tail end due to frost
bite. They thought she would never be adopted. I brought the two
of them home the next day after discussing it with the family. Rascal had
ear mites and worms, but recovered from them quickly without giving them
to Herman. She also went into heat, and tried to get Herman to help with
her condition, but he didn't know what to do!! She was spayed as soon as
possible, and the house quieted down for awhile.
My sister wanted another Siamese; so, one time when I was at the pound
retrieving Herman from beng sent in by the neighbors, I saw Snookums. She
has the most beautiful wide spaced eyes, and sweet expression saying "What
am I doing here?". I took my sister to see her, and Snookums came home.
She and Herman never got along, but tolerated each other in the house.
Things went well for about four years; then, we noticed that Herman
was losing weight very quickly, and urinating a lot. We took him to the
vet, and he was diagnosed with diabetes. My sister and I had plans for
a trip the next day; so, we left him at the vet's to be regulated. When
we got home, we were sent from the vet's with a different insulin from
what they had been giving him. The original one was being discontinued.
Not knowing any better, we kept the same protocol as the one he had
been on. Unfortunately, it didn't work for him, and he developed bad neuropathy
for five months while we tried to make the insulin work for him. It never
did, and we changed to caninsulin/Vetsulin. Again, not knowing anything,
we worked on getting him regulated, and he did improve with this insulin.
Over the years that followed, he had a few hypos, and stomach problems
from another medication, but trucked on without complaining. That in essence
was our Herman. He took what came along, and kept going. He was a very
laid back guy, and let us do all kinds of poking and medicating without
complaint. It was wonderful to see him rolling in the grass in the summertime.
He basked in the sun.
Barb's Sister Dianne
Unfortunately, his kidneys started giving out on him in November 2005.
He lost weight, and we had to work to reduce his insulin dose to keep him
from going hypo. In March of the next year, we had to make the decision
to let him go. He hadn't eaten much for four days, and couldn't hold his
urine. I'm not sure that he was ready to go as he was such a fighter, but
I couldn't let him continue in the state he was in. We believe Herman was
18 when he left, and he was diabetic for almost 8 years.
In April, 2007, we adopted Allie because my sister couldn't resist the
little sweetie. I felt she shouldn't be alone with the two old girls, Rascal
and Snookums, so we also adopted Misty from the Humane Society. They got
their shots, and Misty was spayed; then, started to urinate a lot. With
that awful fear in my gut, we took her to be tested, and she was diabetic
In August, we started her on Lantus, but the vet in charge didn't know
the insulin, and I raised her dose too quickly. In September, we switched
to PZI to see if that would help, but even after changing her diet to more
protein and less carbs, we couldn't get it to work. In January, 2008, we
changed to NPH, and raised her dose slowly. We managed to get some kind
of response at 4.5 units, but she had too great a drop after shot because
of the low carb diet.
Now, we're starting on Lantus, again, as the diet she is on now might
work better with it. At the moment, she seems to be doing well, but I have
yet to test her. She is perky and playful, and is urinating almost normally;
so, I have my hopes up that we've made the right decision.
In June, 2007, we adopted Freddie as Misty wasn't playing with Allie
as we'd hoped. I guess she was feeling ill even then. Freddie was abused
by his previous people, and is afraid of strangers, and men in particular.
With us, he can be quite loveable and sweet, and he's been an excellent
brother for Allie.
In December, 2007, we brought KC home as my sister was looking for a
lap cat that we hadn't found yet!! He's a sweet, playful boy, and all the
cats have accepted him well. He and Freddie are especially close.
So, now we have 6 cats, and one is a sugar baby. Each is a wonderful
individual, and life here is always interesting.
Diabetic Pet's Name: Herman
Breed: North American short hair
Birth: He was adopted from the local pound in 1993 / Crossed
over the Bridge March 2006
When Diagnosed: He was diagnosed in August 1999
Age Diagnosed: He was about 10 years old
Weight: At diagnosis, he was 18 pounds, but went down to 12 pounds
Kind of Insulin and Amount per Injection: He was on caninsulin
and the amount varied over the years
Food: Fancy Feast and W/D
Do you home test? (Blood, urine and/or observation): Didn't at
Other Health Problems?: He eventually passed from kidney failure,
but also had some stomach problems after being given an NSAID. He
had a stint into his stomach and was force fed for about 4 weeks.
How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life?:
We felt closer to all our pets after working with diabetes, but otherwise,
it was just that we couldn't go out in the evening together as his dinner
was at that time.
Diabetic Pet's Name: Misty
Breed: North American medium hair
Birth: She was adopted from the humane society in April last
When Diagnosed: July, 2007
Age Diagnosed: 2 years old
Weight: 10 pounds at diagnosis, 11 pounds now She went down to
8 pounds at one point
Kind of Insulin and Amount per Injection: We have tried Lantus,
PZI and NPH on her. 4.5 units of NPH bid got her Bg down, but dropped it
quickly due to her diet. We are now trying 1 unit Lantus bid, and just
started today; so, that could change.
Food: Fancy Feast and Wellness CORE
Do you home test?: (Blood, urine and/or observation): Yes, we
blood test and I'm sure glad that we do. When Herman was ill, the meters
needed too much blood.
Other Health Problems?: None that we're aware of; although, she
did have a UTI when diagnosed.
How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life?:
Other than working around her shot times, she's made us aware that not
all cats get diabetic for the usual reasons.
Misty's Page: http://www.caninediabetes.org/mitsy.html
Thank you Barb for taking time to be a part of this!!
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