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  •  My diabetic like Wellness canned (6+ / 0-)

    It's a little more expensive, but after her bout of hepatic lipodosis, it was worth it to get her food she would eat.  

    It used to be hard to get, always had to order from a specialty pet food store but after the melamine issue a few years ago, PetsMart and Pet Supermarket both started carrying it.  

    My Shutterbug did very well on it for her last five years and it kept her sugar level pretty steady - she got insulin twice a day and we did home testing to keep track.  

    If you're looking for a support group, I can recommend http://www.felinediabetes.com/ - they saved my sanity and Bug's life more than once - they've got food charts, home testing guides and a community of caring Sugarcat people.  They're also on Facebook now, but the main FDMB board is the best.

    Hope Luvlee is back to her old self really soon.  Once she realizes her shots help her feel better, she might pull the sitting by the fridge trick like Bug did when it was time for her shot.  They're really smart about it :)

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    by Ricochet67 on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:11:34 PM PST

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    •  Thank you. I've been feeding LuvLee the canned (5+ / 0-)

      Wellness food for several months and it has really helped her, but she needs even higher protein content. And wants it, too - Wellness is no longer her favorite. Like I said, I got a sampling of several different kinds. I put out some Evo canned food before I went out for a while, and when I came back she'd eaten it!

      Wellness has 10% crude protein. FussieCat and Evo, the two kinds of canned food she's eaten today, both have 12% protein, so that's what I'm aiming for.

      Wait a minute ... I didn't know LuvLee could read, lol!

      Thank you for the support group link. I will check them out.

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      by jan4insight on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:23:37 PM PST

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      •  EVO is good, too (2+ / 0-)
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        But they didn't have it when I had Shutterbug, at least not here :)

        I have to avoid EVO with my current kitties, they both love it but Luke has kidney issues and too high protein content causes a flare up for him.  But Wellness seems to have the right balance as long as its not all he eats.  So we compromise, they get a small can of the Fancy Feast premium food (those aqua cans) for breakfast and Wellness for dinner.  

        Luke can't have dry food either, so neither one gets it.  Dry food is like kitty crack for diabetics, I used to keep a small bag of Wellness dry kitten chow on hand for emergencies, which, thankfully, were few and far between with hypos (low blood sugar) for Buggy.  

        Things have changed a lot since Bug was Dx.  We were on Humilin U insulin, lots of people used N.  Her working dose was 1/2 unit BID... Used to freak everybody out when vets would prescribe 2, 4 or even 7 units of insulin... The FDMB put together a whole community of diabetic kitty owners to share their experiences - we educated a lot of vets, too.  My son was in vet school at the time and by the time he finished, they were even teaching vets to encourage home testing and starting out with low dose shots rather than high dose.  He's up on all the new stuff, but I'm not.  I know the insulin protocols have changed for the better and I'm really glad about that - anything that makes it easier for the newly diagnosed kitty to be cared for is good.  Too many people freak out and kitty ends up dumped in a shelter.  Bless you for not being one of those people - LuvLee is a truly fortunate Sugarcat!  :)

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:33:38 AM PST

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