Mercy’s Story as Told by Gracey
Thundershirt for Cats means Successful Vet Visit for Gracey
Super Hurrah!! My Thundershirt for Cats training really paid off. For the first time…ever…. both my mom and I made it all the way to my doctor’s office and back without any accidents or anxiety attacks. I have been in training for a few months, wearing my Thundershirt for Cats during big spooky storms and on the scariest holiday for cats, the 4th of July. All of this training was leading up to the big event…. a trip to visit my doctors at the Morris Veterinary Clinic.
Now, I love my doctors at the clinic, every one of them. They are super nice and I know they are truly concerned and take excellent care of me, so it is not visiting them so much as it is being confined to my carrier and having to be transported in the car to and from the clinic. ~shiver~.
My mom loads me up into my Pet Taxi and places some training pads in the bottom of the carrier. Then she
carries me carefully to the car and places me in a seat with a seat belt looped through my carrier in case of any sudden stops. I always face in a direction where I can see her and she talks to me. We listen to Andrea Bocelli while we drive to help keep us both calm.
The Dreaded Car Ride to the Morris Veterinary Clinic
Now on an ordinary car ride to the Morris Veterinary Clinic I begin to panic. About ten minutes into the journey my stomach starts to toss and turn. I vocalize my distress to my mom and she tries to calm me down but after another ten minutes we cross a set of railroad tracks and the when we go over the bump, I am known to have an accident or two in my carrier. It is most unpleasant and embarrassing.
Due to my embarrassment, I begin to panic about what has happened and most often cry out in the most pitiful way. This causes my mom’s heart to race and I can see the worry on her face as she gently reassures me that we are almost there and everything will be alright.
When we arrive at the clinic, the staff is on standby. I am typically whisked out of my carrier and showered clean. It is most unpleasant for everyone. After my bath, I am ready for my check up. But because I am so wound up from the experience, they can’t get an accurate glucose check on me.
Sometimes to be honest, I find myself a little envious of Mercy. He doesn’t have any food allergies and he doesn’t have feline diabetes. This means that he can pretty much eat any food he desires. My diet is limited to low allergen prescription chow and wet limited ingredient duck and pea. Now keeping two things in mind, Mercy doesn’t get to run amok in the house and eat anything he finds, and I actually like my duck and pea and my chow so most of the time I am ok with things.
However, Mercy gets to try all the new snacks. Last month he got to chomp some Innova cat treats, and he gets to eat Greenies. He gets to snack, snack snack! In fact, Mercy, like my dad, could be classified as a “Snackasaurus” !
Friends, I want to take a moment to talk to you about something serious. Many of my cousins and their parents have diabetes. I have feline diabetes too. In my photo, you can see where my fur was shaved for my blood test. I don’t mind showing you because we are all beautiful, imperfections and all.
I developed pancreatitis after receiving some medicine and during the recovery process, I developed transient diabetes. This was a super difficult time for me and my parents and for my Doctors too. It was hard to get the right dose of insulin for me and I knew my parents were scared and that scared me too. My feline diabetes disappeared for a long time, almost two years.
Last Fall, I started showing feline diabetes symptoms. I was getting super thirsty again. It seemed like I was always hungry and even though I ate more I was getting thinner, and thinner. My parents scooped me up and put me in the ~shiver~ carrier and we went to see my Doctors at the Morris Veterinary Clinic.
I don’t like to be in my carrier at all even when Teenie Sardini rides along with me. And when I know my parents are worried, I get even more anxious. They try to stay calm but I can see their teeth chattering from nerves.
All the people that work at the clinic are super nice to me. They really are. Here is a photo of me being examined by one of my Doctors and Joe. (Joe has red hair like my dad. He is really nice to me and always smiling.)
It was determined that my diabetes had more than likely returned and I needed to stay at the clinic for a glucose curve. Even though everyone is nice to me, I sure don’t like to see my parents walk out the door without me. They don’t like it either because my dad has to tell my mom to get going and then sometimes I see my mom tell my dad to go when he turns around to look at me before they leave.
My parents always come to visit me when I am incarcerated, I mean staying at the clinic. I get super hungry when they visit and my cell, I mean condo door is opened so they can pet me and we have a bit of a chat. My mom usually picks me up and hugs me. Sometimes too much but this is one time I don’t mind.
This can be a scary time for our pet parents. They want to do everything they can to help us too. Our parents have to learn how to test our glucose levels with a glucometer, we use the Alpha Trak. They have to learn how to give us injections of insulin. I take ProZinc and we use the Diabetes Care Kit.
We have to learn how to stand still while they prick our ear or paw pad. I need more practice at the standing still during the ~shiver~ ear stick. Some days I am just, well to be honest, wild!
During the first week or two, my parents were so worried, they even cried. Sometimes they would give me the injection but the insulin would pool up on the outside of my skin. Sometimes I would wait until they were ready and then take a big step to the right to avoid the needle. Now we have it down to a routine.
I think we will chat more about Feline Diabetes in a few upcoming posts. Our cousin Sassy is newly diagnosed and her mom Carol is super scared like my parents were. Our Friend Trish really helped my mom when I was first diagnosed too. I really like it when our small paws can unite to help our Friends in need of love and support. Thank you everyone.
*Please note there is no substitute for the advice, examination and care from a Veterinarian. All information here on The Tiniest Tiger is from my own experience and not intended to be used to diagnose or treat symptoms in your cat. Please consult a trusted Veterinarian for all your cat’s health needs.
Friends, as many of you know, I eat a steady diet of Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d® Low Allergen Feline . This is because I have food allergies that caused me to break out in a hive like condition. Sometimes I even lost bits of my fur when I got these hives. Thanks to my doctors at the Morris Veterinary Clinic for knowing that I needed to switch out my food for the low allergen chow. I have gotten along great ever since we made the change.
Now , this is not to say that I don’t pout from time to time because I want a snack. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself when I see treats in the grocery sacks for my cousin Mercy. But now, my Friends, I too can enjoy a Treat because Hill’s Prescription Diet has introduced Hypoallergenic Treats. Hurrah!
My parents ordered some for me from Discount Pet Drugs & Supplies The Treats were offered at a good price $3.86 per bag and the shipping was only $4.95 for the five bags we ordered. The package was delivered to my door by Phil the Mailman within a few days.
Here is the best part! They are delicious! I really like them. They are shaped like hearts and just the right size for optimal crunching. I could eat the whole bag at one time. But those doctors at Hill’s had to go and put a portion control statement on the package.
|Weight of Cat||Amount per Day|
|5 lb (2,3 kg)||8|
|10 lb (4,5 kg)||13|
|15 lb (6,8 kg)||18|
So for me, I can chomp about 13 Treats a day, because I weigh about 10 lbs. I wonder if I can gain a little weight so I can chomp some more per day. I can also try to trick my dad into giving me treats by pretending that my mom didn’t give me any all day.
So for my Fellow Felines that are also on a low allergen diet! Chomp on! We too can enjoy some tasty treats! Thank you Hill’s Prescription Diet!
This product review is my own opinion. This review was not sponsored by Hill’s.