My name is Sebastian, Philippe is my 7 month old kitten (Actually he's a stray that was born under my porch and I wanted to take care of him until I could find him a real home) a while ago Philippe fell very ill, I brought him to the vet and he said he had diabetes. Not having diabetes myself I'm trying to take care of him as best as I can however I might need help and thus "Hi everyone!!!!"
He has lost a lot of weight. I was trying to feed him more in the hopes that he would gain it back but that seemed to have really upset his digestion and he started losing more weight.
I was taking his blood sugar and giving him insulin accordingly however he got more and more lethargic and looked really close to death at one point so another (expensive) visit to the vet later and I found out that even if his blood sugar was reading high the insulin was too much. The vet made me give him a lower daily injection even if his blood sugar reads high later in the day he also suggested I bring him back a regular serving size and he seems to be very slowly putting the weight back on
I got him on just a small amount of insulin a day and now he is back full of energy and alertness but he's always hungry, he eats as much as his brother who's full size (…yes I'm taking care of all the strays)
I was wondering in regards to the weight drop, bad digestion, hunger are these symptoms that fit at all with diabetes?
Is it better to give him small meals throughout the day or fewer larger ones?
Any other advise to help the little guy would be appreciated
Don't know anything about animal physiology, so I can only respond in terms of human diabetes -- but yes, sudden unexplained weight loss is one of the classic textbook symptoms. Constant urination and thirst is another. As is hunger, sometimes.
I'm familiar with my own and animal science both replies have been excellent. I had unexplained weight loss before finding out I was type 1 and some animals have the reaction nearing death. I would give low dose insulin and frequent small meals to keep steady blood sugar levels and a special diabetic food. You sound like a wonderful and caring owner now with a couple snuggle buddies. They will bring you great joy.
You will find it varies from one person to another as it would from one pet to another depends on onset, age, illness, more than I can list now that fitting one mold in diabetes there is not one.
I hope this is helpful and the other site gave you some great cat information.