Sick Kitty

Our sweet 13 year old kitty, Galileo, has diabetes.

A month or so ago, he began to lose weight. Then he began not to be able to walk well and after a while, he could no longer jump. He stopped using the cat box (instead going for the dog's piddle pads) and has developed an unquenchable thrust. He still has an appetite, but no weight gained back. 

Tuesday, we took him to the vet. A lovely man, Dr. James Israelsen at Mountain View Veterinary Clinic here in Logan, saw him. They took blood work, checked his urine, and said he's diabetic--he was 21 lbs before this thing started and 11 lbs when we took him to the vet Tuesday. He can't walk because he has diabetic neuropathy, which affects his nerves and muscles. 

We've been taking him in for a shot every day since. Today we went in so he could teach us how to give Galileo his shots and take his blood sugar at home.

The cat is on insulin shots and special food. We're hoping to get it under control enough that he'll be healthy again, that he'll be able to walk better.

He's a good kitty. We love him dearly. We're going to do whatever we need to do to try to get him healthy again. ♥ 


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  1. We had a diabetic cat and he did very well for a couple of years. Keep a log of his blood sugar and his behavior, note anything out of the ordinary and take it seriously if he starts throwing up. There is a good website and facebook group for feline diabetes that you may want to join: http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/

    Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for the advice, Phoena! We're pretty concerned about him, but he seems stable right now. We're hoping he'll start improving and get better, even a little bit. He is 13 years old, so he's not a young cat, but he's not super old either. I appreciate the website, too!

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