Question by sub_zero_ice55: Feline Diabetes cost of visit and treatment?
My cat has been acting really strange for a while. She urinates incessantly and cannot get enough water. I’m going to make an appointment and was wondering what an estimate of the costs (trip to vet and fees for treatment) might be. Ellaborate as much as possible please.
Answer by hudsongray
Ours was diagnosed as diabetic.
They do a blood test right there to look for the blood sugar level, that can be anywhere from $ 5 to $ 20. A fructosamine blood test is another, that’s $ 90 but it shows the level of blood sugar control in the cat for the previous week or two. Very important.
The urinalysis looks for ketones being shed in the urine, also important.
The checkup and tests, those vary. Ask questions, find out what the vet learns from each of the tests. Find out what is NECESSARY to find the level your cat is currently at.
Usually they put the cat on insulin and recheck in 2 weeks to see if the dose is correct or needs to be adjusted. The 24 hour blood tests (done every 2 hours to find the curve) are expensive, our vet didn’t do that, we were trying glipizide pills first (did not work) and control via the types of foods (not working either, his stage was too far advanced) and once he was put on Lantus, he stabalized quickly and stayed in the good range.
Cost—over the entire year his syringe costs and insulin costs were $ 10 a month. Definately affordable! We price shopped, found WalMart was cheaper than Walgreens, and got the syringes by the box of 100, I’d use each syringe twice (sometimes 3 times), and the box went a long way. The insulin was Lantus, he would get 2 units twice a day and at first I got the cartridges, but ended up getting the bottle after that. Each cartridge lasted 2 1/2 months.
They SAY Lantus is only good for 28 days after you break the seal, but our pharmacist said that it isn’t as delicate as first thought, so if the Lantus is refrigerated, does NOT turn color or get air bubbles throughout it, it’s still good. The strength was fine, it did not diminish after the 28 days for us and it hasn’t for anyone using it that’s over in the YahooGroups diabetic cat lists. Just do not shake it up to break the suspension and keep it refrigerated.
The cat NEEDS to eat before you give the shot. Something has to be in the stomach to digest or you can do real damage to your cat. Most give some canned food–two tablespoons of food is enough to give at that point. We used Purina Diabetic Management first, a dry food, but he had reactions to it (allergic) and switched to Royal Canine Diabetic Management. It was very similar to the Royal Canin Siamese 38 (which he did NOT have issues with) so he ended up being on that all the time as a ‘grazing’ food 24/7 and we’d also give him some raw ground turkey in the morning and some Fancy Feast ‘feasts’ without the gravy at the time of his injections. There’s a great list called Janet and Binky’s List online, just google it. It compares the commercial dry and canned foods side by side with independently researched breakdowns. You need to look for a HIGH protein food with LOW carbs and LOW fats. This is what diabetic cats need.
Really, once he was under control we only had the insulin and syringes to worry about. Though I did have two fructosamine tests done a year, once at his checkup and once 6 months later. He was a ‘normal’ cat for the most part. He didn’t mind the injections at all–it doesn’t hurt if they’re done right. I picked a time that I know I’d be home every 12 hours, so he got his shot at 7am and again at 7pm. You have to be accurate with the time, since Lantus is a 12-14 hour insulin. You can’t do them too close together (like 10 hours apart).
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