A normal glucose level for cats is around 80. Charlie's was almost 400!!!! I never even suspected he was sick because all the symptoms of diabetes and glaucoma were traits he has had all his life. In glaucoma, the symptoms are an enlarged eye and cloudy cornea. Hard to detect in Charlie because he has always had an enlarged right eye, both eyes are covered with blue film and he is partially blind due to a virus he suffered from as a kitten.
The symptoms of diabetes include: increased consumption of water, increased urination and, urinating outside the litter box. Again, all traits that Charlie has had ALL his life. He has always loved his water bowl. We nicknamed him "king of the water bowl" because he will lay there for what seems like hours while the other cats line up, waiting for him to move so they can get a drink. He is the leader of the pack and they would never make him move! As for the increased urination, I thought it was due to his love of the water bowl. Now the urinating outside of the litter box has always been frustrating to me. Charlie missed the litter box more often than he made it into the box but, I chalked this up to his blindness. I just thought his aim was off!
Charlie now has to get 2 shots of insulin per day to regulate his sugar and, take an oral medication and topical ointment for the glaucoma. Not fun for me or charlie! He has made me happy for 16 years. So now it is my turn. I will do what is necessary to keep him happy and healthy for his remaining time with me. May that be a long, long time......
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