A Happy and Healthy Feline
Holmes and I met almost 10 years ago in a shelter. I knew he was a character when he kept eye-ballin’ me across a room full of cats, came over to hop onto my lap and jump off my shoulder onto a shelf. His back legs and tail hairless from whatever he had been through, he had a some way to go to get back to health even still.
He was between 2-3 years old at the time. And exactly 2 weeks after he moved into his new home he came down with a respiratory infection that landed him in the hospital for two and half days.
He recovered from both the infection and hair loss in no time. After that he was an active and healthy cat, purring and catting around. Holmes was named for his intelligence and sleuth-like behavior.
Whoa, That’s a Lot of Litter
As my kitty got older, he gained more weight. Being a few pounds’ overweight wasn’t a big deal to me. I never just let food sit out all day for him, he’s super greedy! One of his nicknames used to be “fat kitty.” Although he ate only twice daily.
Mid-summer I noticed my homey drinking a ton of water. Of course, with that came a whole lot of urine. I would estimate we went through about 20 lbs of litter in a week. Yeah, that much.
It was summer time when this happened and I thought he was just staying hydrated because of the heat. When he couldn’t jump up onto the bed, then the couch, I started paying more attention to his behavior. A week before my birthday he began wailing randomly. He wanted to hide in dark rooms and cry there… We made an appointment ASAP.
My cat hates the veterinary office. But when he went this time he looked relieved to be there. I had collected his urine already to get a jump on what the doctor would need. They took blood and we waited for the results. A couple of hours later we found out that his blood sugar was high enough to put a human in a coma. And he had also become anemic.
He had tried to hide his illness from me for so long. He never showed any signs of sickness until he just couldn’t take it anymore. We made it to the doctor just in time…
A Serious Switch
I picked his doctor with care. She specializes in holistic veterinary medicine as well as traditional. I never wanted to subject my animal to medication and unnecessary procedures. But, my vet being as awesome as she is, she gave other alternatives.
With his sugar being at 620, he needed to take insulin. There was no getting around that part. He had diabetes.
What had to be done?
- An all raw food diet for the rest of his life – no grains or sugars at all.
- He had to eat every 12 hours for blood sugar maintenance.
- After every meal, an insulin shot.
- Exercise for weight loss.
- Add an alcohol based, corn silk tincture to food to help naturally rebuild his natural insulin production (cats hate alcohol aroma).
- An antibiotic pill had to be given twice daily (it made him very sick, he had to get a shot instead).
- Plus, he didn’t want to eat his new food, so I had to bottle feed him twice a day for a month and a half.
- (bonus things I researched to do) Twice daily, whole body massages.
- Daily walks outside to get sun (although he’s strictly an indoor cat).
After all was said and done, a few months later, he’s back to his old self. Letting no doors be closed, books and computer being sat on, conversations interrupted by loud meowing, and consistent running across and jumping on random body parts at any moment. At least he doesn’t weigh as much as he used to!
By the way, he no longer has diabetes or anemia. Who’s a happy kitty? He’s a happy kitty, yes he is!