Rules of the Diabetic Cat Help Group

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Welcome to the Diabetic Cat Help forum. All new members will be tagged here and must read and acknowledge the guidelines within one week. Anyone not doing so will be removed from the group with no warning. This serves as your only notice. Simply clicking like on the thread is not an acceptable way of stating that this document has been read. Please add a comment to this, stating that you've read the guidelines and intend to follow them. Again, not doing so within a week will result in your deletion from this group. (Continue reading below.)

The purpose of this group is to discuss the Tight Regulation protocol for treating feline diabetes and to use it to help our cats get better. It is a support group for those actively using or considering the use of TR. We are not a support group for those who are blind dosing their cats and have no intention of trying to get their cat on TR. We are not a support group for those who refuse to feed their cat a diet that is low in carbs. Our group is not the place to argue the merits of the Tight Regulation protocol. Arguing against TR will result in an automatic ban, without warning. If you disagree with our approach to feline diabetes, then there is no reason to stay in the group.

We don't have many rules, but those using the group are expected to follow them and be sure to check out our files and photo albums, many basic questions are answered there.

  1. We practice TR, and follow the rules of TR. One of the main rules is that no dry cat food is permitted while practicing TR. The goal of TR is to better regulate the blood glucose levels of cats, with the possibility of getting them into remission. If dry food is fed, this goal is impossible. While going through the process of getting your cat on TR, you will be strongly encouraged to get your cat entirely off of dry food. We understand that this is a difficult process, and discussions of how to accomplish this are welcome. Arguing the "merits" of dry food in any manner, however, is not permitted. The purpose of this group is not to argue the merits of TR. We who practice it already know that it works and that our cats benefit from it in many ways. We will not allow posts that argue against TR or that give advice that is counter to its practice. Individuals coming here for the first time tend to be suffering from a bad case of information overload. Posts that run counter to the principles of TR could easily confuse a new member and result in their cat not being treated correctly.
  2. Aside from fundraising done for Diabetic Cats In Need, no fundraising is permitted in this group. Please note that by fundraising, we mean asking for money or supplies. If your only purpose in joining the group is to attempt to solicit money or ask for supplies, you are doing an injustice to others who are in exactly the same position as you. Everyone with a sick animal knows that it is expensive, and we are all putting out extra money to take care of our cats. Gofundme and other fundraising sites are not allowed in this group. If you are having financial difficulty, we recommend DCIN. Perhaps they can help.
  3. We look at all posts. Posts that are nothing more than click bait, advertising, or completely off topic are not permitted. Keep the posts about human diabetes off the group. There are many Facebook groups dedicated to human diabetes. We deal with cats here. We love hearing about cats. Discuss all topics having to do with the health of your cats. Keep the other stuff off the group.
  4. Please be considerate of the other members of this group. As we all know, FD is very stressful for the cats AND their humans. When dealing with others, please treat them the way that you'd like to be treated. We don't get many arguments in this group, and we'd like to keep it this way. If another member contacts you privately in a way that you don't like or if you are contacted privately and asked for money, please let us know. If you friend anyone on this group and they then post material to your wall that you don't like, please let us know. We are willing to step in and deal with these sorts of things, but we can't do it if we don't know about it.
  5. Please keep specific advice about dosing off of this group. The Facebook group is for providing support for those facing the challenges of feline diabetes. Our forum, http://diabeticcathelp.com/forum, is where dosing advice is provided. We help everyone who goes there, and it's a good idea for our members here to also become members there.
  6. Blocking of admins of this group will not be tolerated and will lead to your immediate removal from the group.

Lastly, please see Barb's post below, also pinned to the top of the group page, for more information. That post is what we are about. FD is a stressful disease for all of us, and there is a lot of information out there on its treatment. Read, join the forum, ask questions, and get support here. There's a lot of collective knowledge on the appropriate way to deal with feline diabetes. That's what we're here for.

Her post reads:

Dear members: This is a note to explain that this page is an introduction to our Tight Regulation website, Diabetic Cat Help, and as such, we ask you for the courtesy of following the rules when posting here: Do not post dosing advice of any kind - ie, how much insulin to give, etc. Do not post general advice that goes against the TR protocol, especially regarding food. Do not send other members to diabetic advice sites other than our own. We have food lists and carb calculators and all the possible information anyone with a sugar cat could want. We also have been instructed by a vet, Dr. Hodgkins, and we have almost 10 years of experience, on a daily basis, working with sweet kitties, including our own Thank you for understanding.

We also ask that you understand that this is a closed group and that you do not PM other members here. The TR protocol works within very strict rules regarding everything from food to the way insulin is dosed, and we do not allow private conversations regarding those things. If the wrong info is given, it can be harmful to the cat, and that is something we can't and won't allow. If it is posted for all to see, we can quickly correct, before any harm is done. Anyone who does not agree with this rule or violates it will be removed from membership here.

This group is a focus on Tight Regulation, a protocol for managing feline diabetes as developed by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM. The protocol focuses on a proper diet (tinned food or raw), home testing and a decent insulin applied with a sliding scale. Type 2 feline diabetes can be controlled and the cat can reach remission. We have a website and forum where assistance is available, tailored to your cat, as well as an explanation of the protocol itself.

See? Not many rules at all. Any posts violating the rules will be deleted. Repeated violations of the rules will result in a permanent ban. If you've come here for reasons other than the practice of TR, then you know where the exit is. We're not interested, so move along.