Biggs' (my cat) and his wonky behaviour

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Biggs' (my cat) and his wonky behaviour
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Tue, 06-10-2014 - 10:18pm

Biggs is our almost 17  year old cat.  He has diabetes...has had it for years and we've been giving him insulin injections twice a day for that time. Over time we've had to up the insulin amount, but only by small degrees.  The vet had us up the amount this past March when he was last there for his annual.  Anyway the past week he began exhibiting signs of low blood sugar.  We were told about the signs way long ago so we would know what it was if we saw this.  Well, years went by and all was well enough, and we never saw any signs of low blood sugar.  Until last week.  Suddenly Biggs began going around intently sniffing things... very odd behaviour as he is not ever sniffed anything that intently except maybe only in passing for food or whatever.  But here he was walking around sniffing baseboards, going down the stairs, sniffing the stairs and even as I called his name he paid no attention to me (as he normally would).  And I noticed that his back legs were a bit wobbly.  The vet  had said that the signs would be that he'd look drunk and unsteady.  Well, this looked like that...though what that sniffing was about , I have no idea!  I gave him some maple syrup on my finger - stuck it in his mouth and he ate some kibble afterwards and he seemed okay after that.  That is until this afternoon, a few days later. 

Again, it was that silly sniffing around and getting into the stupidist of places... getting stuck trying to go into impossible places behind furniture and walking along the lower shelf of the front room window which happens to be BEHIND a love seat (not something he ever does)!  I gave him some maple syrup again...even twice and he then ate some kibble and seemed to be okay.  But I did phone the vet.  I arranged to bring him to have his blood glucose checked.  Which I did - we went soon after I phoned.  His blood glucose was somewhere around 2!  (I know the American system has a different way to read blood glucose) - anyway normal is around 5!  So 2 is really low.  They gave him oral glucose and told me to give him some maple syrup (well it's all I have that is syrup!) - 2 mls of the stuff (a fair amount!) at around 4 p.m.   And no insulin this evening.  Tomorrow I give him a lower dose of insulin with his breakfast.  I bring him back to the vet's on Thursday to check his blood again. 

So that's been the story with Biggs lately. I hope things will be remedied and that will be the end of low blood glucose.

Shirley

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 7:30am

We had 2 kitties with diabetes - both only made it to about 2 years past the start, with the 2x/day shots.  The one was very hard to regulate, in which case he peed in the basement all the time against the walls, so consider the sniffing a great nondestructive sign!  Poor guy...

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 5:27pm

How nerve wracking that must be. I sure hope that the vet can get the dose adjusted quickly.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 5:27pm

How nerve wracking that must be. I sure hope that the vet can get the dose adjusted quickly.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 5:27pm

How nerve wracking that must be. I sure hope that the vet can get the dose adjusted quickly.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Sun, 06-15-2014 - 1:06pm

Well, we are down one unit of insulin for Biggs from his former dose.  And I must make sure that the time between the two doses is 12 hours.  Usually in days when Ray went to work, Biggs would be up with us at 6 a.m. and ready to eat his breakfast then.  Then it was around 6 p.m. that he'd have his supper and his second dose of insulin.  I wasn't aware of the 12 hour time between doses.  I thought it had to do more with his having insulin when he ate food at supper time.  Now that we get up at about 8 a.m. with Ray being retired, Biggs will eat when we get up and then now, with the new instructions,  I've only given his second dose of insulin at 8 p.m. no matter what time he eats supper.  Supposedly when he eats supper is of no consequence.  So on Thursday evening (before the second dose) I am to bring him to the vet and have his blood glucose checked then.  Oy, I hope things work out for this next check.  At least he's not exhibited any of that low blood sugar behaviour.  But when he was checked last Thursday when I had to give  him a whole lot of maple syrup on Wednesday and then not give him any insulin that evening, and then he was checked on Thursday his blood glucose was low at 4, as I may have mentioned.  Anwyay we shall see what happens from here.  

Shirley