Monday, September 26, 2011

He's Not Just an Animal to Me


Did not blog for a while because I have been going through a lot of worries with my cat. Some people don't understand how you can get so attached to "just an animal", but I am more than attached to this particular animal.

 He's my bud.

Late this summer I started noticing the signs and symptoms of diabetes. On Friday I took him in to be tested. On Saturday the preliminary blood test results proved I was right to be concerned. He had an extremely elevated glucose level. That could be because of being stressed out at the vets getting his blood drawn or it could indicate something else.

While waiting for the final test results, I couldn't write, read, or do anything, but worry and watch TV.  Should I treat him with insulin shots? Would that make him suffer and lower the quality of his daily life? What to do? What to do?

This morning I called and the vet got on the line. "When I saw the preliminary results I thought Mama had nailed the diagnosis, but he's just fine. Some of the results are a little higher than we like, but he's just an old cat now." A simple change of diet for his age--more fiber, less carbs--ought to take care of it.

Yay! Relief flooded me. After giving him a big hug, I rushed out to buy the diet food. Now I'm back at the  computer ready to catch up on lost time.

But wait...how much trouble is it to switch a finicky eater over to diet food? Would the battle lower the quality of my daily life? What to do? What to do?


Tell me about the beloved pet who is not just an animal to you.

21 comments:

  1. Aww...glad your furry friend is okay! I'm a cat person so I definitely understand your attachment :)

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  2. Oh, what a scare, Cathie. Our pets are part of our family. They ARE family. What a long weekend you must have had waiting for the results, but a great outcome. Well, except for getting this beauty on a new diet ;)

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  3. Sorry your cat is feeling poorly. My dog, Honey, was my constant companion for 12 years before she passed. I still miss her even though it's been more than four years since she died. I don't want another dog, but I sure loved her. Hope your cat adjusts well to the new diet.

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  4. Jennifer P., thank you, cats are special aren't they?

    Andrea, they are definitely family :)

    Jennifer G, I'm so sorry about your Honey, I had both dogs and cats all my life. The last dog I lost was my last dog, and I think this will be my last cat. It's just too hard losing them.

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  5. My doggie (in my sig) is way more like a human to me. Aren't they all? They love us unconditionally and show us such joy. So glad to hear your kitty doesn't have diabetes!

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  6. Thank you, Alleged Author, and your dog looks like one happy fellow!

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  7. We spent an inordinate amount of time in our house talking to, petting, talking about, and generally observing the antics of our cats. They are definitely part of the household! :)
    p.s. glad your kitty is ok!

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  8. Susan, I know what you mean. Cats can be very entertaining :)

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  9. I grew up with animals all my life and they have always been like family to me. So I totally understand.

    Right now, I have a little "sister", a shih-tzu named Shakira. She's my mother's dog but she's a part of the family.

    Glad your cat is feeling better.

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  10. Karen, Shakira is a great name for a shih-tzu, I bet she's a cutie!

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  11. Glad to hear your feline friend will be okay.

    We have a cat who is a picky eater. We have to buy the smaller bags of food, because every 2 to 3 weeks we have to change the brand to keep him happy. Guess he wants variety in his diet, just like his human companions do.

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  12. Our cat, Claire, is going through the same thing. She had a series of seizures and we took her in. The blood tests indicate that she's as healthy as a 19-20 year-old cat can be. We were told that these things sometimes happen as they get very old, and to switch her over to "old cat" food. We gave her half and half at first to ease the transition, and now she's doing better :) It's hard, though. Pets are part of the family.

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  13. I once had a cat who we thought had diabetic, but it turned out to be a thyroid problem instead. I guess it's common in older cats. They removed the thyroid and Fiver lived a good six years more. Glad your baby is feeling better.

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  14. Susanne, gosh I wish mine was like yours. This one eats two things and hates variety. I'm transitioning him slowly over to the new dry food. After that, I'll tackle the wet food.

    Jess, 19 years old! He must have had the best care and the best genes! Mine is 9 and he's considered geriatric :) I'm doing half and half right now and he's okay with it. I expected to see a pile of the new kibbles next to the bowl!

    Shellie, that was wonderful they discovered that and removing it worked so well. My cat's thyroid test came back normal so that was a relief.

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  15. Oh, I'm so glad he's okay!

    We don't have any pets right now. I'm too busy with kids. We tried having a cat, but he must have been feral because he kept attacking my children and scratching them on the face and biting them. The vet had found him outside her office when he was a kitten. He's now living a very happy life as a barn cat on our friends' farm. :)

    When my hubby and I were first married, we had the most amazing cat. He followed us around like a dog. We loved that cat! I miss him.

    Amy

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  16. Amy, I'm so glad the feral cat happily became a barn cat. The other one sounds like he was a really good buddy!

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  17. I definitely understand. I've known a few wonderful cats and can't wait to get one of my own someday--just waiting to find one with the right personality.
    I'm glad yours is ok, and hope he manages the diet switch without too much trouble.

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  18. Faith, thank you. The right personality will find you, I'm sure :)

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  19. Catherine,

    I don't have the space for a pet, but even when I kept fish, it was stressful if one of them got sick and died. After I lost my dog in childhood, I told myself I wouldn't get attached to another pet like that. Maybe that's another reason why I never had another. Hope the change of diet works for him.

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  20. I'm so happy he's okay. It is easy to get attached to animals. I'm so attached to my dog. He's my bud too. :)

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  21. Kimberly, having animal buds is the best :)

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