Sunday, October 03, 2010

You take sugar? No, thank you. I'm sweet enough.

For those who don't know, that quote is from "Snatch."
This past week was a little rough for me. On Monday I took Joey to the vet as he was drinking a lot of water, losing weight rather drastically for a little guy and the week before the vet visit he got sick about four times.
So Monday we headed to the vet. Dr. Miller is awesome and didn't seem concerned. But he did take some blood and urine and ran the normal tests.
Tuesday evening when I got home from work I had a message from Dr. Miller. Joey is diabetic.
I know it could be a lot worse. But it still made me sad. I hate needles and, of course, I don't want my baby to be sick. I did some research online--found a video on how to administer the shots. Not sure if that made me feel better or worse. I found an article about diabetic cats. What I found out was that 1 in 300 cats become diabetic. It is more common in older cats and male cats. Joey is 16 and, of course, a boy.
I made an appointment for Curt and me to learn about Joey's new diet and learn how to give the injections. I was dreading the appointment all week. I was so stressed. (I also got sick. At first I thought it was allergies. But I think I got a mini cold. My cough and congestion are almost gone. I should be as good as new soon.)
Joey is now on a new Science DIet diet: high protein, low carb. I learned how to give him injections, which I was super worried about. I thought there would be much crying by Mama and furbaby. It was actually a lot easier than I thought. We have to give Joey two injections a day along with the new food. The good thing for Joey is he now gets more treats (he was limited before as we were trying to control his weight). After every injection he gets a couple of treats. That way he will associate his injection with a reward. Though I seriously don't think he even notices the shots.
We have kept our weekend low-key to keep an eye on him. And he seems to be responding well to the shots and he seems to like his new food, too.
Last night we did have dinner and then drinks with our friends Jacob and Aileen who have cats who have been diabetic and needed fluids. So they are used to the needles and injections. It was nice to talk to them about it.
Today was a visit to Target and mostly lounging around the house. I want to make sure I am healthy for this coming weekend and our upcoming trip to Honolulu for a friend's wedding next weekend. (We have awesome catsitters who will take good care of my furbaby.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to hear that the vet visit went well! Now that you know the info on the injections and diet
it becomes easier. Give Joey a BIG kiss for me! Take care & hugs -M

Sunday, October 03, 2010 6:46:00 PM  
Blogger JLC said...

Our love to Joey and his parents. I'm glad it turned out to be less traumatic, but I can only imagine the stress.

Thursday, October 07, 2010 1:47:00 PM  

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