Let’s talk about hypo and hyperglycemia. Medical terms for low and high blood sugar. With any diabetic, no matter what species, highs and lows are a normal part of the disease. Side effects can be scary, however, and there were a few times when I thought Tinsel wasn’t going to be with us any longer. I have learned so much from Bridgete, Dr. Gunson and the amazing team at AMC. High sugar isn’t as dangerous, because insulin can help bring the Blood sugar down. Lows however, can be distressing. Low blood sugar has lead to seizures, temporary blindness, temporary paralysis, and confusion in Tinsel. I was taught to take corn syrup and rub it on his gums, which will give him the sugar he needs to come around so he can eat. I know it sounds like a lot, but once you get into a routine like everything else, it becomes easier, and his cuddles are totally worth it.
If you have a diabetic fur baby or loved one, I commend you.
Tinsel (Tucker) Kerr is a male cat who was found and brought to the SPCA and then AMC. He was diagnosed with Diabetes and occasionally loses control of his hind legs. He is super chill and has been known to chase his tail once or twice. He snores really loudly and has no idea about personal space. Something him and his human have in common. His interests include chasing his tail twice a week, sleeping, eating and cuddling. Dislikes are dry food, getting his sugar checked, and his leash.This is his story…