"MoMo via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> Thank you everyone! My friend finally got through to the vet this
> and it is the diabetes that is affecting his legs. She was told that he
> need insulin shots everyday for the next three weeks and he should be
> She has an appointment to bring him in tomorrow to learn how to give the
> shots and pick up the medication.
> Thanks again everyone!
> Matthew wrote:
>>>>>> Wrong group for what?
>>[quoted text clipped - 9 lines]
>>> Try rec.pets.cats.anecdolts.
>>We can do it also here cybercat. You all did it when I thought I was
>>to lose spirit when he had that bad infection. Which now we think was due
>>to the pet food recall before it became public knowledge
>>Most of us are cat lovers and proud of it. I will gladly off purrs if
>>someone needs them \. You know you want to Cyber I can see you smiling
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I do not understand how any vet could possibly tell someone that a cat "will
need insulin shots everyday for the next three weeks and he should be fine!"
That simply is not true. I speak from personal experience as a diabetic and
also from long discussions with a friend who is an expert in working with
diabetic cats. Insulin for three weeks will not bring the cat's glucose
level down for a long-term solution. Your friend needs to work on an
appropriate diet for her cat (*no dry food,* only *low-carb canned*), and
she will need to monitor his glucose levels by taking readings at home
(which is a *very* easy thing to do). If your friend feeds her cat correctly
and monitors his glucose at home and keeps his numbers as close to the
normal range as possible using the proper type of insulin (Lantus or PZI are
the first and best choices), it is highly likely he will go into remission
at some point. In order to keep him in remission, she will have to continue
with the change in diet and will need to constantly monitor his glucose
levels. Also, it is unlikely that the problem of weak back legs will be
resolved in three weeks. Most diabetic neuropathy takes up to three months
to respond, and that is only provided that the cat gets regulated and his
glucose levels are brought back into the normal range. This is a long-term
process, not a "three week quickie." However, the good news is that cats
respond very well to this regimen and can live completely normal lives.
I have some other information available but do not have time to look it up
right now. If you will e-mail me privately I will be glad to locate it and
send it to you later. Your friend should also join the message board at