Diabetic Cat Help

Diabetic Cat Help
OTJ Success Stories
PDF Print E-mail

With Tight Regulation (TR), we consider treatment a success whether the cat is simply well regulated or goes into remission.   While a great many cats on TR will go into remission, many more will enjoy significantly improved health as a result of having their blood sugars regulated.  A cat is considered well-regulated if its blood sugars are kept within normal range the majority of the time.  The following are some of the success stories of this protocol.

Flash
Remission after just over 5 months on TR.


JPEGFlash is an 8 year old foster cat who had likely been dumped at a shelter because he had diabetes.  His blood sugar was totally unregulated while he was at the cat rescue. He entered his foster home in October 30, 2009.  He was immediately switched to low carb canned food and started on TR.  Since his diagnosis in April 2008, he had been on Caninsulin and had been switched to Lantus . We had our ups and downs, but soon his numbers started to improve and durations got longer and longer. Of course there was no way that we were going to give him back to any cat rescue. Shortly after we got him, we knew he was meant to be ours. He is such a laid back, docile, happy cat. He also started losing weight slowly and continues to lose it very slowly now.  His last shot of insulin was on Apr 6, 2010.

Justin
Remission after 20 months on TR.

JPEGJustin was diagnosed with FD at the age of 8.  Just before the diagnosis, he had lost weight, was drinking lots of water and had neuropathy.  We started TR in December 2007. Within a couple of weeks of insulin therapy, Methyl B12 supplements  and better regulated blood sugars, he was on his way to recovery.

Even though Justin was well regulated and in great health, I had difficulty believing that he would ever go into remission, especially since it has been 20 months since we started the TR protocol. It just goes to show once again that Dr. Hodgkin’s protocol really works, but sometimes it takes longer for cats to heal all the way.  Justin went “off the juice” on August 24, 2009!

 

Beruse (Moose)
Remission after 12 days on TR.

JPEGDiagnosed on August 20, 2007 with a blood glucose of 485mg/dl (27mmol/l) at the age of 17, after having been fed dry food all his life.  Switched to low carb wet food and began TR on August 25, 2007.   After just 12 days of strictly following the tight regulation protocol, Moose’s diabetes went into remission on September 6, 2007.

The Diabetic Cat Board Members are forever in my gratitude for making this their heart-felt pursuit. My Beruse's health is forever changed by this experience into a healthy young boy again.  Most of all I need to thank Dr. Hodgkins for having the intellect and courage to take treating Feline Diabetes to a level that needs to be mainstreamed out of the cyber-world and into the everyday common-practice.  (Note: Beruse sadly passed away from a non-diabetic cause on October 23, 2008 at the age of 18)

 

 

Alex
Remission after 6 ½ weeks on TR.

JPEGAlex was 12 1/2 when she was diagnosed on 1 September 2007. I was Googling away after the initial diagnosis because I was not happy with the prognosis (shoot 2 units Caninsulin BID blindly, feed Hills Dry DM and accept that my cat would not last more then 12-24 months). I did a 180-degree turnaround in my approach to vets after I was exposed to this protocol and I found a holistic vet who, when presented with it, supported me in all aspects even though she did not know about the sliding scale option. I followed the protocol and we saw results after 2 days (tighter regulation of the blood sugar, using the box again, ability to jump, no longer lying on the floor in the middle of the passage). She had her last shot on 18 October 2007. We had a scare in early May 2008 when she registered high glucose again. After 3 days of anti-biotics she was back to self regulation again. I am now a massive advocate of raw diets for cats: all of my cats are looking better now at 15-16 years old than they did when they were 12-13 years old. I am also a massive fan of collective on-line knowledge sharing. The ideas of this protocol are spread to every corner of the world through this forum.

 

 

Scratchy
Remission after 5 weeks on TR.

JPEGScratchy was diagnosed in May 2006 at the age of 12 when a routine urine test showed glucose.  Blood glucose was 594mg/dl (33mmol/l).  She had been on Hill’s c/d since age 1.

First started on Caninsulin twice a day, increasing from 1u to 5 u over several weeks.  No appreciable change in blood sugars and her symptoms continued to get worse, with her developing neuropathy in both the front and back legs, such that she could not navigate the stairs any more.  Switched to Humulin N 1 u bid on Aug 8, 06. increased to 2 u bid on Aug 13. Humulin did bring BGs down, but really wide swings from high to low to high again, nadir at 3-4 hours, little duration. 

Switched to all canned diet (<5% carb) on August 21, and there was an immediate drop in BGs by an avg of 90 mg/dl (5mmol/l). Switched to a homemade raw diet and started TR Sept 8 using Summit PZI.  On October 13, 2006, Scratchy received her last shot of PZIi.  She has been in remission since then.  She still has a tiny bit of residual neuropathy in her hind legs (this was treated with 5mg/day of methylcobalamin (B12) for several weeks while she was on TR), but is otherwise healthy, and continues to do well.

Lucy
Remission after 3 weeks.

JPEGLucy was considered to be one of the hardest diabetic cases my vets had dealt with. Thanks to Diabetic Cat Help and a change of diet she is now insulin-free. It only took 3 weeks. This is her story, I hope it helps others to make the decision to try TR:

Lucy was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11 after she began to lose weight, began drinking vast quantities, and began to wobble when walking.  After initially being diagnosed with “lameness” and prescribed Metacam (a painkiller), I got a second opinion from another vet who immediately tested her blood glucose (BG) and diagnosed diabetes. Her reading was 28/504. Lucy was prescribed Caninsulin at 4 units (eventually up to 6 units twice a day) once a day and Hill's M/D dry - specialist diabetic food.   She continued to have high BG for the next two weeks and the vet suggested she may have a tumor of the pituitary gland. Before testing for a tumor, I insisted on trying a change of insulin.  Lucy was prescribed Protamine Zinc insulin and after the first day we saw a small drop in her BG. In researching home testing, I found the DCH forum.  I did a carbohydrate calculation of the M/D dry food (20%) and it went in the bin. I changed her onto wet food and began Tight Regulation and she went from a BG of 27/486 to 5.0/90 in two days.  Lucy only needed one tiny dose of insulin in the three weeks since I joined DCH.  Her coat is now smooth and glossy, she has put on a little weight, but even though she is eating more than before, she is a normal weight, not too heavy.  Lucy’s neuropathy is improving every day - now she can jump, make the stairs, and be a cat again! She is living proof that dry food is poison and that even a cat as sick as Lucy, can, with a decent diet and a little work, be cured.

Kody
Now 16 years old
Dx'd in 2-04
Started TR-5-25-07
OTJ 6-6-10

Kody had an almost fatal episode of Hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease) and I had to force feed her every 2 hours for 2 weeks. She survived, to the shock of the vets, but was left with diabetes. I had always fed my cats a combination of dry and canned food. Poor Kody suffered for 3 years before I found Dr. Hodgkins and TR. I followed the vet's advice and fed her canned and Purina DM dry. I had had a diabetic kitty many years ago and my mom has been diabetic for 40 years, so at least I always tested Kody. But I kept her BG between 200-300--was afraid to keep her any lower than that.

Finally, in 2007, she was just not doing well. I had the feeling that if I couldn't do something for her, she would die soon. She is my baby, I took her in as a stray off my mail route in 1994. She's been with me through moves, job transfers, a divorce--everything. My current husband jokes (sort of) that he'd never make me choose between him and Kody, cause he'd lose!! I've loved all my animals over the years, but Kody's always been my "4 legged soul mate". I got on the Internet and started searching for anything new on feline diabetes. I found Dr Hodgkins' site and everything she said made perfect sense. Treat your cat just like we treat humans with this disease.

I became a testaholic. We started TR in May and got good results right away. She was much happier, healthier and had stable BGs. She was requiring less and less insulin and going longer between shots. In August, I bought a grinder and started making all their food, using Dr. Lisa's recipe. (I also have a small gray cat named Nikki--she just turned 10) They both LOVED the raw food and have since refused to eat anything else. I kept a few cans in the cabinet in case I forgot to thaw some raw or ran out, but the first time I tried to give it to them, they looked at me like I was crazy! "We don't eat this crap anymore, Mom." OK, that was the end of that.

They are both thriving on the raw diet. Nikki is 10, but looks and acts like a 1 year old! Still runs all over the house like a crazed cat! Kody is showing her age a little now, but still plays and loves life. No one really thought Kody would ever go OTJ since she had been diabetic for so long before TR, but I was happy just seeing her BGs stable and knowing no further damage was being done. She gave me a few good runs of 2-5 days with no insulin (we always use PZI) but always went back to needing shots.

In April 2010, she had a 5 day run with no insulin. But then we went to Jamaica for 2 weeks and the cat sitter gave her 7 shots while we were gone. We got back on April 29, she didn't need a shot til May 4 and that was her last shot. She stays between 85-100 most of the time, with a few 70's or low 100's occasionally--usually right after eating. I decided I'd wait 30 days to call it and that happened on 6-3-10!!

I'm so proud of her, she sure put up with a lot of testing and shots, but was always a real trooper about it. She and I did become much closer for sharing this experience together.

We started this journey over at YDC and I know a lot of those people are over here now. "Thank you" just doesn't even come close. These people were with me at 3:00 in the morning on many occasions, when I was afraid she'd go too low. They were there when I didn't know what to do with her scale next. They were there when I needed my hand held or a hug. My experiences with these wonderful people are priceless. So I just had to share the good news with everyone.

I also wanted to share Kody's story because I know there are people out there that may think they don't have a chance of having their cats go OTJ. TR works. Stick with it and you may be surprised, like I was. And on TR, the worst that happens is that your cat needs shots for the rest of her life, but that life will be happier, healthier and longer because of TR.