Mabel The Diabetic Cat a lesson in how to care for a diabetic cat.

Thank you to Mabel and her Secretary Jewels for this lovely article about Mabel. We hope you will share it widely and save some cats!

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How to Look After a Diabetic Cat as told by Mabel the Diabetic Cat

Hello everyone! My name is Mabel. Mabel the Diabetic Cat. As you can see I am quite a splendid and very beautiful cat and I am here to tell you how to look after a diabetic cat. You know, I have been told I somewhat resemble a bobcat. I like that. All kitties have a wild cat hiding inside! What you can’t see is that I am a special needs cat – a cat with diabetes in fact. I am going to share my story of being a Diabetic Cat with you. I know that cats with health issues can be a bit of a challenge, but special needs cats have lots of love to share! Come read my story and maybe you all will learn something new about cats with diabetes. I hope you will all see why diabetic cats make great pets and friends! Are you sitting comfortably? Good! Then we shall begin…

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How to look after a Diabetic Cat – Mabel’s History

Before I tell you what it’s like to be a diabetic cat, and how to look after a diabetic cat, I thought you might like to know a little about me. I’m a very interesting kitty! I was born July of 1998. That makes me 16 this year! I lived in four different homes before I came to live with my forever family. Some of those homes weren’t very nice and it made me very shy. The last home I had before this one loved me, but I was still such a shy kitty that I spent most of my time in the basement rafters. When I came to live in my forever home with my little brother Peekaboo, and my older sister Mojo, I was not a very happy cat. My new mommy said I could take all the time I needed to get used to my new family. At this point no one knew how sick I was. Mommy let me live under a couch for a long time. She is a very nice mommy and made sure I had lots of good food and didn’t force me to be sociable. I eventually did become happy again, and I love my mommy very much now! She says I’m her best girl!

Luxury Bedding for a Diabetic Cat
Any kitty worth her whiskers likes to have an assortment of sleeping places to chose from. I wonder if I can convince mommy to let me go shopping! Maybe one with a canopy?

               

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Mabel the Diabetic Cat Gets Sick – Mabel’s Upset Tummy

My family noticed that I often had a very upset tummy. I spent a lot of time visiting the litter box. We tried lots of different kinds of foods and discovered I had Irritable Bowels due to food intolerances! What is a kitty to do? We eventually found out that the only meat I can have that doesn’t upset my delicate tummy is chicken. I can’t even have fish! I’m ok with salmon oil, but other fishies make me very sick. That doesn’t make my brothers and sisters very happy. Twice a day I get nice chicken cat food. Mommy has a terrible time trying to find food that is safe for me to eat. We still can’t figure out why they put all kinds of other meats in the can when the can says Chicken!

Feeding a Diabetic Cat – Some Foods Mabel Has Tried

I can eat some of these things, but I still have to check the labels! Now where is the chicken!

               

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Mabel Gets Diagnosed With Diabetes – Mabel Gets Very Sick

I was doing very well with my new diet and was becoming a very happy little girl. Then one day I collapsed. Mommy was very scared and didn’t know what had happened to me. I was rushed to my doctor and after some tests was told I was very sick with Diabetes. My blood sugars were dangerously high. I was so frightened! I didn’t know what Diabetes meant really. I knew one of my new sisters had it and she had died because of it. I had to stay in the hospital for a week. I was lonely and scared. I thought I had done something wrong and had been abandoned again. Then my mommy came to visit me in the hospital. We were so happy to see each other! The nurses took very good care of me, but I wanted my mommy. I tried very hard to get well enough to be able to go home. I sat very still when the doctor checked my blood several times a day to make sure I was getting better. Eventually I was well enough to go home, but I was still very sick.

Mabel says please look after your diabetic cat, we can live a long time and we are just as loving as healthy kitties!

Do you have a diabetic cat?

If your cat’s behaviour is different please check for diabetes

Please check these sites if you think your cat might have symptoms of diabetes.
Please do it before the cat crashes, like I did.
Diabetes is easier to treat if caught early.

Living With A Diabetic Cat – Symptoms Of Feline Diabetes

Common Symptoms of a Diabetic Cat

Diabetes in Cats – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Learning To Live With Diabetes – I Hate My Medicine!

When I was allowed to go home I had new medicine to take. Mommy had to give me insulin injections twice a day! I didn’t like that. I kept trying to hide from my medicine. Mommy said I needed it to keep me from getting sick again. I didn’t like my needles, they hurt and made me feel strange. First I had to change my food, and now I had to get needles! I felt very sorry for myself. The doctor wanted me to try Diabetic Cat food, but they all upset my tummy. We also really learned that I can’t have fishy at all, except salmon oil. One of my favourite treats was tuna water, but it makes my blood sugar go way too high! I had to go for regular check ups to make sure the Diabetes wasn’t getting worse. We also had to try a few different kinds of insulin. I have to be on a combination of injecting insulin and a pill for it to work properly.

Mabel the Diabetic Cat

Five Years and Still Going! – Mommy’s Best Girl
It took a long time for me to get used to being Diabetic. It was hard not being able to have all the treats I like and I get very itchy from having too much sugar in my blood. I am a very good kitty now for my medicine. You might not believe this but it’s true! Mommy tells me it’s time for medicine and after a little coaxing I come out of my bed. Then I sit nicely in front of mommy and she says it’s pill time. Mommy tells me to open my mouth and I do! In goes the pill and I swallow. Then mommy says it’s time for medicine, that’s what she calls my insulin. I get a little shoulder rub and quick as a whisker I get my injection! It took us two years to get it all sorted nice and easy like that. I know now that my insulin makes me feel better so I am a good girl for it. That’s why mommy says I’m her Best Girl! I hope you all learned a little about what a great friend a Diabetic Cat can be. Give us a chance and we might just surprise you!

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Serious about Cat Kibble?

What you feed us really matters, you know. My mummy has never given me cheap cat food, but as I get older my tummy gets less tolerant of treats, cheaper wet cat food and even the higher quality cat kibbles I used to love so much. I will tell you more here about a special kibble mummy is trying now and why it works well.

Why cats vomit frequently

There are many learned answers to that question on the kittywebs…. My mummy has read many of them. It is not normal for cats to vomit frequently any more than it is normal for you! Worms, hairballs and serious illnesses affecting pancreas, liver and kidneys can all cause vomiting. So can inner ear infections…. A visit to the vet really helps rule out the major causes, but what about those cats not helped by the medicines, pills and pokes? Sometimes it can be down to allergies and intolerances. We narrowed down food intolerances together you know. I would sometimes throw up, mummy would make a note on my feeding chart on the fridge. Anything with turkey, tuna, beef or salmon will upset me. Everything was fine until I recently started to throw up BEFORE meals….

Why do cats throw up an hour before meals?

Do you know cats get gastritis? This is due to our tummies getting very excited about an hour or two before meals. Even if we have food available on demand, this can be a problem. In the wild, we would start to hunt for food when our tummies told us we were hungry. Kitty’s tummies do this by producing more hydrochloric acid ready to digest meat.

Yes, I said MEAT! MEAT is what we eat, not cereals (yes, cats can often be gluten intolerant), other grains (rice is not a natural cat food), mixed poultry poo (that is what “poultry digest” really is!) Look at the ingredients of any wet cat food and the chances are it will contain a low percentage of a particular meat or fish to flavour it, unspecified and almost certainly mechanically or chemically recovered meat, unspecified “fish meal” and all sorts of junky vegetable protein and carbohydrates.

I was throwing up before meals because I had lost faith in my kibble too. When I got hungry and had to wait for feeding time, I would eat my premium kibble, but these unspecified meats, grains and fishes were bringing on that intolerance. It was a losing game whether I ate my kibble or not. If I ate the kibble I would vomit afterwards, if I didn’t, then gastritis would make me throw up BEFORE my breakfast gravy, whatever mummy gave me.

Mummy tried chicken breast, which I love, but it would give me the runs if I ate too much. Now we have discovered Applaws Adult Cat Food Chicken. Applaws is 80% chicken, 46% protein and totally grain and poo free! The other cats love it too. I will keep you posted how it works out, but right now I am enjoying my kibbles much more and vomiting less often.

Applaws comes in a variety of sizes and flavours, and is also available as a wet food to give your cats a treat! For now, we stick to the chicken, but for cats who can eat salmon, Applaws Cat Adult Dry Mix Chicken and Salmon and Applaws Adult Cat Salmon are both available too.

          

The Jewelry Cats’ mum writes frequently about keeping us happy, here are a few pages you might enjoy:

How to be a Top Cat in your Forever Home
How to build your own cat tree
Awesome cat mouse pads
Persian Cat Poetry
A cat tells you how to keep cats happy.
My extra tall cat tree!
Rescuing Persian Cats
Gentle solutions for litterbox problems
Persian Cats can help change guitar strings too!

How long before I should forgive my wandering mummy?

Dear Felikitty,
Mummy left us all alone with daddy while she went off galavanting with barrs and injuns in Canada. My brother has no dignity and forgave her as soon as he got a catnip fish and some roast chicken. I held out for two days, but have now come for several cuddles. What is the proper length of time for a cat to show her disapproval?
Yours ever,
Dulcie xx

Dear Dulcie,

I am so pleased you have chosen to forgive your mummy quickly. Your brother sounds like a cool felion. Did your mummy give him a Yeowww! stinky? These are actually quite irresistible. I learned many years ago that punishing the humans for their holidays was cutting my tail off to spite my nose. It sounds to me as though your daddy looked after you well while she was away, it’s not as though you were left home alone with twice daily visits, or put into a cage at a cattery. Your mummy came back and cooked chicken too. That has to be some cool mummy!

Enjoy all those cuddles now she is home and rest assured she is as guilty as she should be!

Bestest,

Felikitty xx

The tail twitch

Dear Felikitty,
I am a mindful cat, calm and peaceful by nature. Some have even called me a Bodhicatva, but however hard I meditate my tail seems to have a mind of its own. Sometimes it is so annoying I am even tempted to bite it! What should I do?
Yours always,
BooBoo xx

Dear BooBoo,

Sometimes meditation can be really hard, but remember you are well on the way to a purrfect realisation of Divinity anyway. Such is the nature of Felinity! In meditation, I find it very helpful to concentrate on my tail – nothing else, just the tail. Feel the tail twitch and watch it, do not bite it, just watch and count the twitches, let all your thoughts be silent with that tail. Be one with your tail and in time it will cease to be an annoyance. You can be one with your tail.

On a practical note, if you feel the need to chase something, I will show you a few handy toys, but do not let them distract you from your goal. There is no higher calling than Boddhicatva!

Your friend and Purr Auntay always,

Felikitty xx