Likes: ~ ♥ Married to Lady Dolly #1314937 on Cat Channel September 6, 2012 ♥ ~ Our (virtual) kitten Princess Molly Rose was born December 17, 2013 on Angel Q. Gracie's Pinto Island
Skills: **Plays for Orange Crush mouse hockey team** Inducted into MHL Hall of Fame June 21, 2013
Arrival Story: My future pawrents were thinking about getting a companion for Mallow, and because she was nervous about other cats a few people with more than one cat told them a little boy kitten would work best. One night my Dad was on the phone with a guy he knows, when the guy said "just a minute. I have to go get my daughter, she's carrying the kittens around again." Dad said "Kittens?!" and the rest is history. They had to give my fur Mom Mocha a couple more weeks to take care of me, then when I was ready they came and took me home with them. They let me sleep in their bed that first night so I wouldn't miss my Mom & siblings, and I have slept there every night since!
Bio: Wow! Cat of the Day April 19, 2014 ♦ Diary of the Day February 24, 2014 ♦ Daily Diary Pick Feb 22, Sept 20 2014
My favourite Cat Channel Moments: ♦ Completed all five levels of Cat College Dec 2009 - June 2011
♦ Camp Kitty camper - summer 2010
♦ Knight of the Realm - Aug 31, 2011. Thank you, King Sparky!
♦ Baby picture won 6th place in "Funny Fluffy Photo Caption Contest" on Animal Rescue Site, September 2011
♦ Captain of the Motor Yacht "Oceano" in Queen Lola's Royal Fleet, November 2011
♦ With my darling Lady Dolly, won 1st place in Holiday Photo Contest - January 2013
♦ Admiral of King Pushkin's Royal Fleet - Oct 2013
♦ With my darling Lady Dolly, won 1st place in Thanksgiving Harvest Contest - Dec 2013
♥ Cat of the Day - Oct 4 2011, December 23 2012, December 23 2013 and December 24 2014 Thank you all! ♥
☆ Cat of the Month June 2012 - what an adventure! ☆
** Cat Rescue of the Month July 2012 **
That’s right, I haven’t needed any insulin since the morning of October 16th and I am pretty stoked about that. Mom still checks me morning and night but soon she’s going to drop down to just mornings, since that’s when my numbers have been highest. I hear that if I can keep these good numbers up for 8 – 12 weeks (pretty much through the rest of the year) then I will have been able to regenerate any cells that might have been damaged by glucose. I’ll be good as new except my system probably will not be able to tolerate kibble ever again. Mom’s not going to test that out, believe me!
They say that with home testing, weight loss and changes in diet we diabetic kitties have a remission rate of over 60%. We didn’t know the odds were that good going into this adventure, and I feel kind of sad because I’m sure there are kitties out there who get this diagnosis and their people say “I can’t handle all the needles” and send them to the shelter … or even the Bridge (shudder). I am one happy kitty today!
Great news! From the night of Tuesday Oct 7th to the night of Tuesday Oct 14th I only needed insulin 5 times. That includes a whole 3 days without needing it at all! The first time I did need it again, morning of the 14th, Mom played it safe and dropped down to 2 units rather than risk possibly sending me too low by afternoon, since it sure looks like my body is kicking in and doing some regulating on its own. She took me to the vet that afternoon to get me weighed, pick up more test strips and just run the week’s numbers past him.
Well, the vet said Mom did right dropping me down to 2 units and he took some blood from my actual vein to double check her readings against his. He got pretty much the same (normal) reading Mom had just gotten from my ear, and he says I can stay at 2 units unless my afternoon numbers start to go too high. Last night I didn't need my shot again, but this morning I did. The vet also said if I go through another stretch of not needing my shots like the one I just went through, it’s okay to drop down to 1 unit the next time I do need one and see how I handle that.
I sure was not happy to see that needle coming out again on Tuesday morning, I would sure love to get so I never need to see one again!
After 3 weeks on the higher dose of 4 units of insulin, I started to get some afternoon readings that were a bit too low, so Mom started checking me before giving my morning & evening shots. It’s a good thing she did, because on Wednesday my morning reading was in the normal range for the first time! Mom didn’t give me any insulin and when she talked to the vet he said that was the right call. He said to keep checking me at night and morning and if it’s in the normal range, no insulin. If the first too-high reading is not sky-high, drop back to the 3 units I was getting to start with.
So Wednesday night and yesterday morning I did fine on 3 units. I felt pretty sick & draggy for some reason yesterday and didn’t want to eat much, Mom was just starting to get worried about me when I started to perk back up and get my appetite back. And last night, no insulin needed again! This morning I got my 3 units. Since this is right about the time the steroid shot that I got for my kitty zits before we realized I am diabetic ~ the steroid diabetics aren’t supposed to get because it messes with the blood sugar ~ is leaving my system, we’re hoping that this is all a positive thing. Paws crossed!