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Sammie is doing MUCH better!

This morning, Sammie was sleeping next to my head. When I woke up, she "Enh"ed at me (which is the semi-voiced meow she does when she wants food) and sat on my chest. When she did this before, it was annoying. When she did it today, I was almost crying with joy.

I got up and fed her, and she ate nearly all of it, so I gave her a little bit of kibble to munch on throughout the day (as the doctor told me to do so she can put on some of the weight she's lost). She fought me giving her pills, but did swallow them eventually. Her blood sugar was elevated, but not stratospheric, so I gave her one unit of insulin.

If she continues like this, I expect that tomorrow she'll be knocking things over and chewing paper again to wake me up. :)


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Dec. 8th, 2016 06:24 pm (UTC)
YAYYY Happy to hear!

As for pills, they make these little treats called pill pockets - It's a soft chewie treat that's hollow, so you stick a pill into it and kind of smoosh it closed. IDK if Sammy will like them, but they made giving Fuzzy his thyroid med SOOOOOO much easier after years of minor struggle for both of us twice a day. He was also insulin-dependent and never had a problem, so the pill pockets should be fine with the diabetes for Sammy too.

Edited at 2016-12-08 06:26 pm (UTC)
Dec. 27th, 2016 05:45 pm (UTC)
I was successfully hiding them in her food for a while (they're tiny, so she was just eating them without noticing they were there), but I've been finding them left behind in her food bowl the last day or two, so maybe pill pockets are the way to go. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll look for them when I go shopping tonight or tomorrow.
Dec. 27th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, cats get wise to that kind of thing after a while. Even with the pill pockets, you might have to watch her, especially as a bag gets older and the last few are a little drier and don't smoosh as nicely. Fuzzy had a habit of managing to eat the treat and spit out the pill sometimes. If for no other reason than the treat would break open in his mouth and he'd taste the pill. ^,^ But working a pill like that in your fingers a little more, kind of like you would clay, usually solved the problem. If you don't see them in the treats section, they're usually in the "medicine" section like with the flea baths and such. Or just ask.

Hope they help!
Dec. 27th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) Fortunately, there's a pet store in the same strip mall as the grocery store I go to, so they should have them.
Dec. 20th, 2016 06:36 am (UTC)

That's great to hear! I remember when Mollie had her fatty liver, we knew she had turned to corner when she gave herself a full grooming. If pills are tough, but she'll take liquid meds, Walgreens does pet prescriptions and some of them compound. We worked with a compounding pharmacy called Diamondback for the blood pressure medication, and it was not only easier to dispense, but about half the price. I'm just happy she's doing better.

Dec. 27th, 2016 05:46 pm (UTC)
I did ask about getting her meds in liquid form. Maybe I'll ask about that again. Thanks. And also thanks about the tip re: Walgreens. I did not know that about them. :)
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