Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Name is Armani, and I am a Diabetic

 
My name is Armani, and I am a diabetic.

 Sometimes this can be genetic, but mom is sure it is from feeding us cats too much dry food.  Dry food is bad for cats, as it is way too high in carbs, and well, it is DRY!  Cats need a lot of water IN their food, and we are obligate carnivores.  
The ideal diet would be for us to eat mice as mice are mostly protein and fat with only about 5% carbs.  
But we are house cats, and mom won't let us catch mice outside so she has adjusted our diet to high protein canned food, and eliminating almost all dry food (except for stubborn Chester), and giving us real 100% Chick-Hen treats.
Diabetes and many other bad diseases are caused by cats eating too many grains and carbs.  Have you ever seen a cat in the wild hunting down a potato or a corn cob?  I think not!

 I am a cat, and an obligate carnivore and I love protein!  Give me meats or chick-hen, so I will live a long healthy life!

For my diabetes treatment, I am down to 1 unit of insulin twice a day.  My blood glucose is hovering around 100, and mom hopes that I will soon be OTJ (off the juice), with the diet change.

My name is Armani, and I am a diabetic.

26 comments:

~*Connie*~ said...

Hi Armani, welcome to the club. I cared for my own diabetic cat for many years.

100 is a wonderful (non-diabetic) number and it sounds like you are heading for (whispers) remission (end whisper) congratulations!! I bet you will be there before you know it.

savannahspawtracks.com said...

VERY impawtant post, thank you for meowing about your condition Armani. I believe dry food is bad for cats too. Unfortunately, it is cheap, at least the bad dry food is, and all animal shelters feed only dry food, even my former shelter which was private and no kill. And, yes, I had a weight problem when Mom and Dad brought me home AND I had a very serious bladder infection from the dry food. Now I am good weight, and only have prescription dry food as my "treat"...my main meals are canned food. High paws for meowing to us, Savannah

Angel MoMo's mom said...

Armani, we hope you would get better soon with the change in diet. Will take Charlotte off dry food ASAP. Sure she would be fine as she doesn't like it anyway.

BeadedTail said...

Armani, you are the most handsome spokescat for foods ever! *swoon* We eat just a little bit of dry since if we don't have foods out all the time, Mommy would never sleep. But our main foods are wet foods and we're still working on finding one we like on a continuous basis. We're picky and finicky when it comes to foods but not when it comes to doodalicious Mancats! Smoochies to you!

The Misadventures Of Me said...

Armani, I have happy tears for you! Your mom is doing so much wonderful work for you and your siblings. :)

Mom Laure

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Meowm despairs for us because we love our crunchies. She buys some of the best wet food, and we just nibble at it a little. Course if she takes our crunchies away, we won't have a choice but to eat the wet food. We dread that happening!

Here's to a long life for all of us Armani!!!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are glad to hear that you are doing so well. We have been grain free most of our lives because the Woman has always had naturopathic vets who understand what cats need to eat, so we are lucky. Of course we do get our canned food supplemented with a grain free dry food cause we really like the mouth feel and are much too irritating when we do not have it! HA HA HA!!!!

Angel and Kirby said...

Thank you for the public service message. Our vet wants us to loose weight so we will not develop diabetes. However, he has us on dry food. Does that make sense?

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We're laughing at whoever said dry food is cheap--ours is NOT cheap

Lynx217 said...

Just watch that number closely. diet changes can cause dramatic changes in the numbers. weaning is preferred but whatever you do, do NOT overdose the kitteh, even if you're just giving a quarter unit too much, it can be too much and cause a whole new set of issues. also make sure you have something you can feed him that will bump his #'s up in case of a crash. good luck... and remember all diabetic kitties are prone to UTI's and URI's... I learned the hard way with Nimbus the whole time he was diabetic.

FURKIDSMOM said...

We eat dry during the day but we also have wet food for dinner. Mom also puts extra water in it because she mixes our probiotic and our L-lysine in it. She thinks we don't know!!



The Florida Furkids

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're very happy you are doing so well on your new diet, Armani. Thanks for this great post.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Paws crossed that your diet change will help get you off the insulin! Like someone mentioned earlier, do keep close watch on those numbers and work with your vet on this - they can change lots when a proper, mostly-protein diet is introduced, and you do NOT want a reaction!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Pssssst, Armani, you forgot the Doodalicious bit!!!

We eat a diet that is heavy on the wet food and light on the dry. #1 is a little concerned that Sei-Chan is overweight but it's hard to adjust/monitor quantities with several cats in the house!

Purrs,
The Chans

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Hi all, thanks for all the comments! Mom wanted to comment that she home tests Armani's blood glucose so no worries about overdosing him. We did the diet change back in November too and the vet started us off real low on dosage of insulin. Armani never had to have a real high dose of insulin and the highest he had was two units twice a day. He has responded very well to the insulin and diet change, considering when he was diagnosed he was at 470 BG!

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

PeeS: I'm doodalicious!!!! ~Armani

NTM and The Purries said...

This is an awesome post.
So happy you are doing well.

Cheri said...

No more dry food for us either. We are getting lots of grain free can food and water. All because of Snowball but it is better for us all. So glad this is working well for you.

Thanks for your comments for Snowball.

cats of wildcat woods

Tillie and Georgia said...

We are delighted to hear that Armani is doing do well !!!! We purr hard for a remission too :)
You gave some really good advice too!
And yes, we think you are doodalicious too ;) heehee
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

The Island Cats said...

Great PSA, Armani. Our mom has tried hard to get us to not eat dry food, but we love it too much. So we get mostly canned food and a little dry food. All of it is grain free. And the mom adds water to our canned food too.

We're glad you're doing well, Armani.

Sweet Purrfections said...

Keep up the good work, Armani.

We are eating can food every day along with our dry food. We also love the freeze dried treats.

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, Armani, that was a great PSA, dude! We're glad you're doing so well on your new diet, and seeing results! :)

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

How pawesome is that! Concats Armani on doing so well with your new diet! We boyz are in awe of your doodalicious stuff. You need to give us boyz pointers on how to do that...!

Teddy Westlife said...

I'm pretty sure I was healthier when I was allowed outside and could catch all the mice (and rats, and birds) that I wanted. I might be wasting away now!

Grrreta said...

Armani, we're glad you are doing so well and are spreading the word about how diet affects the likelihood of developing diabetes. I too was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I had lost a lot of weight in the last few months which led mom to have me tested and diagnosed. We started my insulin injections last week. Unfortunately, I had two acute hypoglycemic episodes in the first eight days. It has been a very rough week! The vet started me at 3 units twice a day which resulted in a good blood glucose level after 5 days, but after the two hospitalizations on day 6 and day 8, she has now decreased it to 1/2 unit twice a day. The vet said home testing wasn't feasible but since you are doing it, it clearly is. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Boots, Ozzie and Brenda said...

My Ninja became diabetic (I think from a dry food diet) and we changed to a high protein wet diet (Fancy Feast if you can believe it!) and she had insulin for about 60 days. She went off insulin and never needed it again in her life.

Good luch and keep up the good work!

Brenda, Boots & Ozzie.