Originally Posted by rhiOrion
When I worked at an animal hospital we had a very awesome diabetic cat. He was seriously the most hilarious cat. But anyhow, he got two tiny doses of insulin a day, plus a special diet.
Like PPs have said, the insulin is so easy to give. He would get annoyed with it occasionally, but it never seemed to cause him any pain. Those are some really tiny, thin needles.
The biggest issue that I can see arising in your every day life is that if he *does* (and he might not) need insulin once or even twice a day, it can be a pain to schedule. It was easy at the vet's office, because somebody was always going to be there...but at home I would think it would be a pain to make sure you're at home at the right times.
We have a 15 year old diabetic female Siamese. It was discovered last fall after she got really sick, very fast.
Scheduling the shots is difficult for us. It is just our lifestyle. It does seem like my life revolves around "when does Cleo need her shot?"
Giving the shots is very easy
. Prior to this, I couldn't even look at a needle without getting queasy. I cried at the vets office because I thought there would be no way I could ever administer the shot. The vet tech trained me and after a day, I had no problems at all.
Cleo doesn't mind the shots at all. We use the smallest needles, 31s I think.
The special food made a huge differene but it is pricey, as is the insulin. We are fast approaching $5,000 in vet bills since starting treatment. Now, a hunk of that was for emergency visits when her sugar would get whacky but there is a financial commitment.
Lots of water, lots of pee. We have issues with her missing the box but that could also be age-related.
She crashed a month or two back and we rushed her to the emergency vet center, hence the huge costs, where she needed to stay for several days until she was stabilized.