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An Update On Tsunami
First and foremost, thanks to all of you who prayed for Tsunami, left comments expressing your love and concern for him, and wrote me privately requesting updates on his health. I’m sorry I was not able to respond to you all personally – this has been a very challenging week and has required more energy than I have to give – but the good news is, Tsunami is still with us!
Over the past week, however, Tsunami has been struggling. He began exhibiting muscle weakness, particularly in his back hind legs, which impacted several of his daily activities (including his litter box usage). He also began to have some issues with incontinence as well. We consulted with an online vet who narrowed it down to three possible causes, while we called all over town trying to book him a vet appointment. This proved to be a challenging task because of COVID-19 backlog. Our vet (the earliest appointment we could book based on our calls) could not schedule us until this weekend – but, a friend was able to get us into her vet “between scheduled calls” on Monday and we have been back twice this week.
So the three things the online vet thought we might be dealing with were renal disease, hyperthyroidism or diabetes and, based on Tsunami’s diagnostic tests, my poor baby has Diabetes (plus a Urinary Tract infection).
The good news, based on what the vet says, is that the condition is treatable. The bad news is that it is VERY expensive, is going to require a lot of vet appointments and a lot of lifestyle changes for everyone (including Magellan) which are going to be challenging to implement.
Since we have just learned about his condition, we are still acclimating to the news and have lots to learn about diabetes treatment, but what we know so far is that Tsunami will require a special diet (we ordered the food today) and insulin shots twice a day for life (he has a human med, so we had to go to Costco to get it!) His feeding schedule will have to be on a strict 12-hour schedule (2 feedings, twice a day, 12 hours apart). He will have to go to the vet every 2 weeks for up to 4 months in order for them to monitor his glucose and adjust his insulin amounts until we find out the right amount for him. Then, we will bring him in quarterly or so for regular monitoring.
The vet says that as the meds start to work and we get his levels right, he should start to regain weight and we should see the rest of the bad symptoms disappear. But, the vet also said that he is 70 years old in people years and so we will have to wait to see what a full recovery looks like for him.
Tsunami received antibiotics for his Urinary Tract infection today and will get his first insulin shot either tonight or tomorrow (we have to figure out the 12-hour cycle that is going to work best for everyone’s schedule).
Please continue to pray for Tsunami’s recovery, for Magellan (who is VERY stressed out by all of the changes in his brother and in his environment), and for us (we are worn to the bone).
We know that many of you are pet parents, so if you have any experience with cat diabetes, please feel free to share any tips with us!
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