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  •  Happee Caturdai, everybuddy! Yesterday (37+ / 0-)

    Ms. LuvLee started on her Rx diet (the dry fud part) to treat her diabetes. Fortunately she really likes it - in fact I couldn't get the bag open soon enough for her. Even I thought it smelled pretty good. That's a relief because I was afraid I'd have a hard time convincing her to eat her prescription food.

    After we finish this last open can of regular/premium fud, I will start her on the Rx gushie fud. I hope she likes that, too.

    When I posted her a couple days ago about LuvLee's diabetic diagnosis, another one of you, Portia Elm, told me about some herbal drops made by a company called Pet Wellbeing. I looked up their website and I'm going to place an order for their Blood Sugar formula. It sounds like just the ticket (I know a thing or two about herbs), and it's much more appealing to me, as a holistic practitioner, than doing insulin injections. And while it's a bit pricey it's much more affordable than $140 for a vial of insulin. So I'm going to place an order today.

    I'm also doing Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments (that's my holistic practice) on LuvLee and now that I have the diagnosis I have worked out a program for her that specifically targets her condition. She likes the treatments, unless she's had enough, in which case she nips me. Or just jumps off my lap and gives me the cold shoulder. Here's an "artistic" picture of LuvLee relaxing after her morning brush and Jin Shin Jyutsu session:

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    by jan4insight on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:38:19 AM PST

    •  Pee Esh: If any of you would like to help (24+ / 0-)

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      by jan4insight on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:46:40 AM PST

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    •  Hope the herbal drops help! I know how it is to (19+ / 0-)

      take the hit for insulin, believe me!  Please do let us know how she does on the new routine?  I might just have a chat with our vet about holisitc possibilities.  

      Scritchies for LuvLee and a hug for you!

      Marti and HLOS

      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 12:40:34 PM PST

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    •  You have a Sugar Cat! (0+ / 0-)

      My Shutterbug had the Dire Beasties.  Back in the days when the Rx foods were just coming out and we had to use human insulins - lots of trial and error.  She did really well for almost 4 years, lost her when she was 17, we think she had a stroke.   I still miss her, even though I have 2 new pooties (they are crazy, compared to my sweet and gentle Sugarcat).  

      If you haven't visited http://www.felinediabetes.com/
      give it a try.  Lots of friendly people, lots of good advice, all different kinds of folks doing traditional and alternative treatment methods.  They saved my life (and Shutterbug's) when we were first learning - I have lifelong friends that I've never met and others that have gotten together for Sugarcat lunches in SoFla - you'll be surprised how many folks have a diabetic pet.  

      This is my Bug a couple of months after her Dx - she's vegging out, after playing with her Turbo Scratcher thing.  

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      We did home testing which gave me great peace of mind, since I had to go to work every day and leave her by herself at home.  She got so used to testing and her shot that she would wake me up on weekends and go wait by the fridge at 7 am for breakfast and her shot.  I used to have to tell people I had to be home by about 7 pm to shoot the cat - got a lot of weird looks.  She was very easy to maintain, as long as I pretty much kept to the every 12 hours schedule (although some slight variations didn't seem to bother her if I got stuck in traffic and was late getting home).  We traveled - she went with me to my folks and twice she went all the way to Illinois when I was visiting my son at vet school.

      This picture is from one of his summer RAVS trips that he did while he was in vet school - he worked with Remote Area Veterinary Services on the Rosebud Reservation in the Dakotas for 2 summers.  This "bouquet" of pooties were his first patients for checkups and shots :)  

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      He became a vet because of HIS kitty Zorro, who became diabetic, without our knowing it.  We had no idea kitties would get diabetes - Ryan was just a kid in middle school when Zorro got sick.  Sadly, he was diagnosed very late and was very sick - had diabetic ketoacidosis - he died after 3 days in the ICU at our vet's hospital.  Zorro is the reason I recognized Shutterbug's symptoms as early as I did.  

      This is Zorro when he was a kitten - for some reason I don't have any pix of him as a big boy - he was only about 10 when he got sick in 1994.  Big Tux Boy with a crooked tail - we think it got slammed in a door (we found him as a stray in the middle of the road).  His tail was a stubby thing, he wagged it like a dog and it was shaped liked a lightening bolt.  

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      Our vet is wonderful (and she mentored Ryan through his internship and worked with him when was an associate vet there for 3 years before he got married and moved out of Florida).  She mentored my daughter-in-law through HER internship, too.  

      You know your kitty best, work with your vet to find the best course of treatment for her - a good vet will listen to you and help you work out what's best for both of you and your extra sweet pootie :)  Our vet didn't believe in home testing until her OWN cat became diabetic - she had a heck of a time doing leg vein draws on him and he was always cranky, so a friend of mine from FDMB showed her how we home tested - now she promotes it to all her clients.  I love our vet (both of them actually, since Ryan moved away, my two young 'uns go to the same clinic we've always gone to, but we usually see one of Ryan's contemporaries, in the annex, and save Dr. M for emergencies or extreme issues).  

      Scritchies to your sweetie!  

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:32:02 PM PST

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