Diabetic-pet owner stories

Jill & Max, Ginger cat

Max, an independent-minded 11-year-old Ginger cat is described fondly by his Derbyshire-based owners Jill and Graham Adams as a “one-off” and a “very stroppy little person who only really likes affection on his own terms”.

With his sleek ginger coat, white nose and neck, Max is something of a little lion in the Adams household and when two years ago, this previously outdoor-loving lone ranger started craving water and going to any lengths to get it, Jill realised something was wrong.

“He was coming in more and going to the bath or sink as he was so desperate for water. He was drinking an awful lot but still seemed thirsty. He was also a bit listless and I just knew instinctively that he was not right.

“I had taken him to the vet to have his teeth looked at and told them what was happening. They ran some tests and called us later with the news that he had diabetes. They talked us through the options and we just said, “Do whatever you can”. He had to stay in for a few days and when we collected him we were given syringes and his insulin. He now has injections twice a day.

“We had just retired and got a caravan so had planned to go away more but he needs his medication and careful feeding with diabetic dried food, so our daughter comes to look after him when we are on holiday. It is a commitment but their life is in your hands and, as our vet put it, as long as Max’s world seems fine, we are happy. He ran down the garden and climbed a tree the other day and that’s not something he’s done for a long time – we are very attached to him and it is great to see him back to his old form.”

Pat & Algy: 12-year-old tabby cat

Pat Lawrence from Spondon, Derby, started noticing that Algy her tabby cat, was a bit off colour. He was losing weight despite eating plenty of food.

Pat took Algy to the vet straight away and he spotted immediately that Algy might have diabetes which was subsequently confirmed by blood tests.

Pat said: “I never knew cats could get diabetes like human beings. We were so worried about Algy because he went downhill so quickly and I thought I would not get him back. I was quite relieved when I found out he had diabetes because it was something that could be treated. He has made a full recovery and was back to his normal self once he started taking insulin.

I was worried that I would find it difficult to give him the injections but I found it amazingly easy. Algy is so good and does not make a fuss when I give him the injections. I was also worried about going away on holiday and leaving Algy at the cattery but they were brilliant and quite happy to give him his injections.”

Feline Diabetes
Did you know?

Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to be transported from your cat’s bloodstream into cells, where it is used as a source of energy.

Take the Quiz