My Mom, Tommycat, is taking her baby Lucky to the vet today. He's been losing weight and not eating his dry food very well. Say a prayer that everything is okay with him. She's hoping it's just a bad tooth that can be easily fixed for him. Poor little guy
Thanks so much, guys, but I'm afraid it does not look good for Lucky. There was nothing wrong with his mouth. They took blood work and will call next week with results, but are 99% sure it's diabetes. He drinks excessively and pees a ton, he's gone from 16 lbs. to 12 lbs. and he acts like he's starving all the time. My husband is Lucky's "human" and he is going to be devastated.
It's just like diabetes in humans--it involves testing their blood glucose several times a day, giving insulin shots, etc. It's treatable but very expensive and stressful. Lucky is a particularly aggressive and stressful cat. The vets had a very difficult time even getting blood work from him, let alone dealing with it several times a day. He's 13 yrs. old (around 75 in human years) Initially, they need to be hospitalized so the vets can monitor several times daily to determine the proper dose of insulin needs. In cats stressed like Lucky, they tend to give false readings and it's very difficult to get a correct reading. Basically, our vet didn't feel Lucky would tolerate all that without tearing us up and completely stressing himself out. So we've just gotta talk it over and see what to do. We can give oral meds that will help a little and give him a little more time.
I know...Lucky has always been so much a part of our lives I cannot even imagine this house without him in it. I wish he would let me cuddle him, but you know he only lets Bill do that. It hurt so much losing Tommy (10 years ago) I just don't know if I can take it again. I guess we don't have much choice now, do we?