Thursday, March 6, 2014
Santa brought Cupid some cat grass for Christmas that I somehow forgot about. When I stumbled upon the cat grass again, I decided to make it for her to enjoy. Cupid has a way of being impatient and not letting the grass fully grow before she plucks it from the soil, so I added the necessary water and put the grass on a table that Cupid could not get to so the grass had time to fully grow.
A few days later, the grass had sprouted and Cupid was meowing her head off wanting me to put the grass in her reach. The grass had grown considerably so I let her have it. She then spent a considerable amount of time licking the grass blades. I'm not really sure what goes through her head, but she's happy so I'm happy.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Gotcha Day, Cupid! 14 years ago we sprung this mischievous kitty from the pound.
It might be Valentine's Day, hence the name Cupid, but don't let the sweet look of this picture fool you. Poor Henry has to share his favorite spot with Benjamin and Luna and now Cupid wants in on the action.
Cupid, has been laying on the sofa recently, but unlike Benjamin and Luna she isn't quite as willing to share. When she gets on the sofa, she lets Henry know which cushion he is allowed to use and if he so much as looks at her there will be consequences to pay. Poor Hank!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I had a moment of weakness a few weeks ago and broke down and bought another dog bed. The justification behind this bed is that it is unlike any of the other beds we already have. It is raised and much firmer and I thought it might be kinder on the pugs' aging bones.
However, from the moment we assembled it, the cat has claimed it. She loves to lay on top of the bed and you can frequently find her sleeping underneath the bed.
And since the cat has taken ownership of the bed it is technically a cat bed and not a dog bed.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
You probably heard Cupid's voice over in yesterday's ice cream video. When I took the video, Cupid was just diagnosed with diabetes so there were no ice cream treats for her and she wasn't too thrilled about that.
Since her diagnosis, Cupid has been back to the vet on a weekly basis to get her blood tested to see if we can get her sugar under control.
The first time we went back her sugar was too low. So, we dropped her shots to once a day rather than twice a day. The next week her blood sugar was still too low. So, we stopped giving Cupid insulin shots all together. Last friday, we took her back in for testing and her blood sugar was just right!
We're not really sure why Cupid had the shortest bout of diabetes ever, but we are not going to question our good luck on this one. That being said, we are going to keep a close eye on Cupid as diabetes can come and go in cats. But for now, no more insulin shots for Cupid.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Cupid has not been feeling 100% for the last two weeks and the pugs have really picked up on that. Cupid just wants to lay around and not be bothered and Henry and Luna have complied with her wishes. Benny, on the other hand, feels compelled to find Cupid and lay with her. I know Benny is convinced that by hanging around he will help Cupid feel better. Cupid, however, is not convinced. At first, she would move to a new spot after Benny layed with her. And Benny would innocently get up and follow her to her new spot and find a spot to lay. This would continue until Cupid was exhausted with the whole process and just decided to stay put.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Cupid went back to the vet for a follow-up visit on Friday to have her blood sugar levels re-checked to make sure we are giving her the proper amount of insulin. To our surprise, Cupid's blood sugar levels were low!
Currently, Cupid receives 1 unit of insulin two times a day. 1 unit is a very small amount of insulin.
One of the things we are struggling with is that Cupid needs eat before she receives her shot. Cupid has always been a grazer so getting her to eat enough food before her shot has been tough. To top it all off, Cupid is on special food for her hyperthyroid condition, so it is not like we are offering a can of fancy feast or something she actually likes.
So for the next week, we are going to give Cupid 1 insulin shot per day. After that we will recheck her blood levels and see how she is doing.
I think it is going to take some time for us to get Cupid's blood sugar levels stabilized.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Last week, Cupid gave us our latest medical scare. On Monday, after we got home from work, Cupid threw up. We didn't think much of it at first because Cupid throws up from time to time. However, a short time later, Cupid threw up a few more times. Eventually, she got up a good sized hairball. After that, I thought that was the reason for her upset stomach and that all would be OK after that. However, things were far from OK after that. Cupid continued to throw up and started drooling. In addition, she kept laying down. It was almost like she couldn't hold her self up.
We decided to take Cupid to the emergency vet. My thinking was that Cupid might have eaten a gecko or some other bug that wasn't sitting well.
The emergency vet, did some blood work and Cupid's glucose levels were off the charts. This would be a good indication of Diabetes, but glucose levels can spike when a cat is stressed and Cupid was definitely stressed. The emergency vet gave Cupid fluids and some medicine to calm her stomach and told us to take her into our normal vet the next day for further testing.
We headed to the vet the next day, and our regular vet took a urine sample from Cupid to see if there was sugar in her urine. The only thing that would cause sugar in her urine would be Diabetes.
It took a few minutes for the test results, but it was confirmed that Cupid had suger in her urine. In addition, she also had bacteria in her urine. The bacteria is an indication that Cupid has been diabetic for some time now.
To control the diabetes, Cupid will need to be on insulin shots. We were given a tutorial on the insulin dosage and how to administer the shots.
We started Cupid's insulin shots the same day. Right now, Cupid gets shots twice a day. Lucky for us she is a champ at taking her shots. She doesn't wiggle and is fully cooperative.
There are a few more vet visits in Cupid's future. We need to do some follow-up testing to make sure that we have the right dosage of insulin to make sure Cupid's blood sugar levels are at a good point.
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