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Poor Kira.

The vet called a while ago. Kira has diabetes, just like I feared. And it may not be treatable. The treatment is expensive, and the vet says it may not work. She doesn't seem to be in any pain, but she's lost so much weight. I may just have to let her go if she can't be treated. :(

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terri_osborne
Apr. 10th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Granted, I'm no vet, but I've never heard of untreatable diabetes, and I've got or had 2 diabetic cats now and have dealt with at least two other friends who've been owned by diabetic felines. Never heard of an untreatable variety of the illness. Did the vet give you any more details? Are we talking renal failure figuring in or other diabetic-prone illnesses already taking hold? That may have something to do with it. If it's just diabetes, talk to them more.

The treatment is more expensive than it used to be, but work with your vet. You can use human insulin from the drugstore as well as feline insulin (which tends to be WAY more expensive, compare, compare, compare). You'll need a scrip for the syringes, though, because no pharmacy will just give you a box of needles, even though the insulin can be purchased without a scrip. Even a generic syringe from Walgreen's worked for our first diabetic cat. Now we get our syringes from the vet directly, because they're cheapest.

The only major problem is adjusting your life to make sure you are home every 12 hours to give Kira the shot.

Seriously, if I can help in any way, just ask. If what Mittens went through and what Marcus is enduring can help Kira, it's all for the best.
mollybarton
Apr. 10th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'll have to talk to the vet, but it seems Kira is pretty bad. It was almost sudden. I think the vet meant it would be difficult to treat rather than untreatable (that was the wrong word to use). She's a very old kitty.
terri_osborne
Apr. 10th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
It used to be that diabetes was a death sentence for cats. It isn't anymore. Cats are the only species known where diabetes can actually go into remission.

FWIW, Mittens was 14 when he was diagnosed, and he died of cancer at age 18. (If the cancer hadn't gotten him, we honestly don't know how much longer he'd have had. He was fine until the tumor showed up.) Marcus was 16 when diagnosed. He's just past 17 and still the same old cranky fussbudget he always has been. He just pees a lot. Doggie piddle pads under washable area rugs are invaluable, I've discovered.

As long as her health isn't too far gone when the illness is discovered, there's hope. Don't let them talk you into putting her down just because you'd have to give her 2 shots or so a day. I've been told that there are a lot of vets who just assume when they say diabetes, it means the owner is going to put the cat down. If it's just diabetes, it's treatable. Research this for yourself. Google "feline diabetes" and see what you find. Hell, there are even glucose meters specifically designed for cats now, which we never had with Mittens.

The major expense is the insulin, I'll tell you that. You may have a wider variety of possibilities down there, and we're in NYC where everything is more expensive, but the insulin we get runs about $75 or so and lasts two or three months. The higher the dosage, the faster you're going to run out, obviously.

I'm here if you need any help that I can give from a distance. I mean that.
mollybarton
Apr. 11th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
The vet wasn't entirely clear on Kira's general health. I'll ask questions before figuring out what to do. I don't have problems with giving her shots if I have to, but if she has other problems...:(

It's weird. She and Eddie always ate the same food, same lifestyle, yet he is in near perfect health (aside from the recent ear infection).
huntingdon
Apr. 10th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
:(
wrongwayjaneway
Apr. 10th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that Kira is sick. :(

But listen to Terri. She seems to know what she's talking about here. It sounds managable...if you can afford to save Kira while she can still have some quality of life.

I wish you weren't having to go through this, Judi. *sigh*
mollybarton
Apr. 11th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks. Paying for insulin is manageable- the vet's visits are what add up fast.
dalaire
Apr. 11th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
****so many hugs****
crusherdisciple
Apr. 11th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
When I was doing research for Bev, it definitely sounded treatable, a lot of hard work, but treatable.

Hugs. I know how you feel. I've been there, and it's a roller coaster ride.
kronob
Apr. 11th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
*prayers and hugs* :(
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