Wednesday, May 25, 2005

feline diabetes

So, I was getting ready to go to work yesterday, when my eldest cat/daughter (Princess Kitten, 10 years old, 1/2 maine coon, 1/2 sneaky neighbor cat) got my attention by getting sick right in front of me.

Long story short (too late)...the wonderful vet doctors at Alameda East Vet Hospital (home of TLC's Animal Planet "Emergency Vets" TV show) told us that our baby had feline diabetes...which, considering we thought she was having kidney (renal) failure...diabetes is a much less-scary diagnosis.

Good news 1: she is going to be ok once we get the insulin and such worked out.

Good news 2: Alameda East is working with a pet drug company (Intervet) doing trials for a new kind of cat insulin (made from piggies). This company pioneered porcine insulin for dogs a few years ago (Vetsulin) and now they are trying to do the same for kitties.

Good news 3: if all goes well with the trial, Princess Kitten will be recieving tests/meds/care at no cost.

Bad news: T-rex must get over her overwhelming and crippling fear of needles/syringes and learn to poke her baby kitty 2x a day.

Needless to say, I will be reading up on this and trying to be the most educated I can on this issue. Lemme know if there is any book/site/etc. that you think would be helpful to myself and Princess Kitten as we start down another road together.


At 9:57 PM, Blogger Joy said...

My aunt and uncle have a kitty with diabetes and he gets his shots every day, is very good about it and he's doing fine. Good Luck to you and Princess Kitten.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Celtzo said...

Check this out. I can get you some medical reviews on the subject if you want. I'm talking about things from veterinary journals, though, so they may be somewhat technical.

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