Friday, June 15, 2012

"He needs a sticker that says "Just Add Water"

My boy's gonna be okay!!! PHEW.... 

We had a great visit with our veterinarian today and she said the poor little guy was bone dry from the medication he was given at the Emergency Vets (which we continued through the week). Which is okay. It was an urgent situation and they weren't exactly sure of what was wrong with him, so the ER Vets did the best they could. I'm incredibly grateful. 

Our vet said that Mitten was extremely, extremely dehydrated, so we stopped the current medication (which was causing him to be so dehydrated -- the Vet said he needed a sticker that says, "Just Add Water" lol). He was given IV fluids and we were encouraged to keep giving him electrolyte replacements for a few days (Pedialyte) until he was more encouraged to eat.

The vet currently thinks that the main issue may be feline diabetes, which should be generally easy to manage with the right diet regimen and possibly medication. We'll visit the vet again early next week and see how his progress is and what we need to do from there.

Just want to shout out a HUGE thank you to all of the wonderfully kind and thoughtful comments and emails I've received over the past few days in regards to my Mitten. In our house our pets are our family and I feel extremely blessed to have so many readers and friends who have a similar love for their furry friends. I am SO appreciative of your heartfelt thoughts and prayers! They worked! Thank you!!

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  1. If he does have diabetes check out the Feline Diabetes Message Board (I am not affiliated). They have helped a lot of my clients and are a tremendous resource.

  2. Our kitty had diabetes for 2-3 years before he died. Two insulin shots a day, strictly scheduled. He did quite well with it. And it is ever so much easier to give a cat a quick shot than a pill. Fill his food dish, grab the fold of his neck, and give him his injection while he eats, all done. Never a wince.

    Do yourself a favour and buy a blood glucose meter, lancets, and test strips. It is much more accurate than the urine strips in the kitty litter. And doing a one-day curve, testing his glucose every hour, will give the vet a very clear picture of whether he is on the right insulin dose or not. Some sites suggest using ears to test, but we had much better success with paw pads.

    Our vet gave us a heads-up that it was cheaper to buy human insulin needles than ones manufactured by the animal drug companies, and it was. You can just pick them up at any pharmacy.

    We did run into problems towards the end when we went out of town and the cat-sitter would come in to give him his food and insulin. He started throwing up his food after the sitter left, and as he had already had his insulin shot, he could have gone into shock.

    Then he went into kidney failure, and we resolved to just keep him comfortable. The last time we went out of town, we had to board him with a vet to avoid any complications, and his health went very rapidly downhill. It was heartbreaking, but we gave him a lot of good years that he wouldn't have had if he hadn't adopted us or if we'd given up when we discovered he had diabetes.

    Good luck, and feel free to e-mail me for any advice or questions.

  3. Paula in Southern CAJune 15, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    My Maine Coon boys Jesse and Tristan (and my females Malika and Sabrina) are sending Mitten lots of purrs. And I'm doing the happy dance for you all! Way to go, Mitten!!!!

  4. yay mittens!! you must be SO relieved, not only to have an answer, but an easy and cheap one! (not the DM, but the water.)
    Genghis says mrrrow, too.

  5. Our kitty Kookie was recently diagnosed with feline diabetes. The state he was in when he was finally diagnosed was abysmal - our lively, lovable, playful 12 year old cat who wolfed down his food and budged his brother cat out of the way was small (around 6 lbs), not interested in food and lethargic. Was a very sad sight HOWEVER after one month of giving him insulin twice a day he has gained three pounds, budges his bro out of the way, plays, cuddles and is generally his old self. We also gave him fluids to aid his kidneys with glucose flushing as he also has IBD. BUt the crux of the message is, with proper care and love (which I'm sure you'll give to Mitten in spades) he can get better. Day by day. PS be kind to yourself during this stressful period in his life.

  6. So glad to hear your kitty is doing better. I just read your first post on it late last night and it was so sad. I love my dogs and I know what it is like to see one change before your eyes. Hugs to you.

  7. I'm glad to hear your cat is doing okay now. We love our cat, who is 11, and miss our other cat that passed a couple of years ago at the age of 16. I know how upsetting it can be when they aren't feeling well. Blessings to you and Mitten :)