A Cat Blogger’s Shocking Week by Clyde, a cat and a blogger.
Let me begin on a positive note because I can.
It all began with the full moon madness last week. One minute, I’m lobbying for sexiest man cat alive and the next thing I know I’m flopping on the floor like a freshly caught trout.
Yes, I am a diabetic cat and we can go into seizure from hypoglycemia. I had a mild episode in the spring. It’s a shock and scary for the cat and the humans. Being prepared is a must if you have a diabetic cat. There can be a variety of symptoms to be aware of. A cat may have one or more symptoms in varying degrees while some hypoglycemic cats may appear symptom free.
That’s why it’s so important to test the blood glucose levels regularly. I strongly suggest keeping a source of glucose on hand for emergencies. Corn syrup or maple syrup are good choices.
Hypoglycemia Symptoms in Feline Diabetes
- Loss of appetite
- Increased hunger
- Blurred vision
- Disorientation and confusion
- Low energy
- Unsteady gait
- Anxiety, restlessness.
- Loss of consciousness
Layla had just fallen asleep and woke up to me yowling loudly, limp and unable to walk. She knew the symptoms and knew the drill. There is no time to lose. Adrenalin works better coffee but she was still groggy. Cats need to up their glucose levels fast and the best way is with a sugar syrup, rubbed on the gums. I was able to lick it straight off her finger and it revived me almost instantly. Layla added a tsp. of syrup into some soft food. Then the next thing is to test the blood and if the blood sugar (glucose) is still low, keep feeding syrup and a high carb food like kibble.
As soon as I stabilized, Layla tested my blood glucose again which was low but not critical. I ate some more and gradually bounced back. It’s best to test the blood every hour so until the blood sugar is normal and then closely monitor for symptoms over the following few days.
I’m feeling pretty good but have lost some weight and a vet visit is in my near future.
There is never a dull moment at our house but last week Layla got some bad news about her mom who lives in Canada. She hadn’t been able to get a hold of her and found out she had been moved unbeknownst to Layla into an assisted living facility. Can we say epic family drama? Layla finally tracked down her mom in a hospital. So she was mentally dealing with two near deaths. A mountain of mini-dramas capped the week from hell which makes me eternally grateful to be a cat. Cats are very Zen about life and death.
A lovely oasis of calm was reading Buddhism For Cat Lovers: Supporting our Closest Companions through Life and Death
by David Michie, the author of David sent Layla an early PDF before the book was published. Buddhism For Pet Lovers (available now Amazon) is a wise and insightful blending of pets and Buddhism from life to death and beyond. The Buddhist view is that pets who come into our lives, aren’t here by chance. There is a reason and I couldn’t agree more. If you’ve ever had a special relationship with a cat, you’ll understand what I mean.
David is Buddhist meditation teacher in Australia and has a delightful and insightful blog You’ll love his recent post about how he came to write it. Merlin whispered in my ear about the pic of David as a child with his Siamese cat is too adorable.
I’ll leave you with some purrfect advice. Get offline and into nature. May your week unfold smoothly with pockets of joy and oodles of treats. You can see Domino doing meowga on Instagram. Odin and Nou Nou are at summer camp Click to scroll through all our pics and posts.
Love and black cat purrrrrrrs,
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