Lucy the cat with diabetes receives special care from her family

Meet Lucy, a lovely 13 year old, domestic long hair cat. Earlier this year Lucy was brought to the clinic for a health check and examination. Lucy's owners had noticed that her appetite was reduced, she had lost some weight, and she had smelly breath. Examination revealed that, like approximately 80% of cats, Lucy was suffering from periodontal disease and required a general anaesthetic and dental procedure.

As Lucy was classified as a senior (7+ years of age), a routine blood test and urine test were performed to check her organ function before she was anaesthetised. These tests confirmed that Lucy's kidneys and liver were functioning properly, however they did reveal glucose in her urine, and a high blood glucose result.

These results, along with some further testing indicated that Lucy was also suffering from Diabetes Mellitus. This is an endocrine disorder caused by either an absolute or relative deficiency of insulin which results in hyperglycaemia (elevated blood glucose) and glucosuria (glucose in the urine).

Management of a diabetic pet can be a daunting and challenging time for most owners, as treatment involves administering insulin by injection, usually twice daily. Lucy's owners accepted this challenge with enthusiasm, and after only a couple of weeks of practice injections (water injected into an orange) they were ready for the real thing. Under supervision at the clinic, her owners administered Lucy's insulin (perfectly I may add) all by themselves!

As well as receiving insulin injections twice daily, Lucy also requires a special diet. Hills m/d is a food specifically designed for patients with diabetes. Similar in theory to the famous Atkins diet, Hills m/d is low in fat, high in protein, with an average level of carbohydrates. The diet has a low glycaemic index to reduce fluctuations in blood glucose levels after eating, and promotes the feeling of fullness.

Lucy and her owners are settling into the new routine of life with diabetes, insulin injections, special diets, and regular blood tests at the clinic.

Keep up the good work!