Tuesday, April 9, 2013
So Esmay went to the shelter on Thursday. She hasn't been eating well, so I started force feeding her. She wasn't a fan of it, but it went well enough, and I was able to get a third of a can of A/D into her the first night, and she ate a little on her own. The second night I got a second third of the can into her, but she ate nothing else. There was no stool in the litter box and she was testing out blood sugar (BG) wise at a 54. To me that was alarming. I wrote to the shelter and they said bring her in and they would get her to the vet... so in she went.
I didn't hear anything on Friday. Nor Saturday, which wasn't completely unexpected. Sunday the vet is closed - they come in and care for the animals but they wouldn't be there to relay info to the shelter outside of an emergency. Still no information on Monday, so I wrote and asked.
Once again her exam was 'uneventful'.. nothing stood out. They also did xrays which showed nothing concerning. She started eating and they were not concerned about her BGs and so they sent her back to the shelter. One of the emails I got about her suggested that maybe my meter wasn't testing properly. I can understand that except I was worried about that too so I used two different meters and calibrated them both, so I was pretty sure my readings were accurate.
I got an email this evening right before work was over saying most of the above and that they were going to monitor her there. I totally get that. But I had brought needles I had used giving Fluffy fluids so I stopped into dispose of at the shelter since they have a sharps container, so I stopped in to see her.
I also brought my meters.. I tested her for giggles, I wanted to see how she was doing, this time she was 47!!! I panicked for a second, but remembered she had food and she was eating, so I assumed she was going to be fine. The nice staff member who was interested in seeing me test let me test another kitty they had and she was 67 (having been recently spayed) which is a number I am much more comfortable with.
I gave Esmay some love and left for home. Driving home I thought it might not be a bad idea to have a few more non-diabetic numbers to compare that 47 to. I tested Fleurp (who had her own eventful day - but more on that later - possibly Friday.. ) and she tested out at a 62, and I tested Kit who was 49.
So today I learned that what I consider to be a scary low BG level in a cat might very well be their normal. Very much a good thing to know and something I wish I had known a month ago :)
So Esmay is at the shelter. I am speculating that the antibiotic for her urinary issues caused her to go off her food.. (and that is a total speculation, but it makes some sense.. ) and now that she's been off it for a while she's doing better. Hopefully she will make it to the adoption floor right quick and find a home before two shakes of a lambs tail..
Safe journeys my sweet girl.. May you find owners who totally accept your hatred of being picked up, but your love of having your belly rubbed..