Clavamox, glipizide, and tuna fish, oh my!

Basette, the little black wonder cat

This past Tuesday, Basette went back to the vet for UTI test. Urine was sent off, and preliminary tests were available yesterday. No bacteria has been found so far. Further cultures will be done this weekend, and final results will be in on Monday. Apparently, sometimes insulin resistance can be caused by an infection, like a UTI. My vet and I were hoping that Basette’s insulin resistance might be caused by an infection.

Basette is still on clavamox, an antibiotic, and glipizide, one pill of each twice per day. A little bit of tuna helps everything go down! Crush each pill up in a 1/4 t. of tuna, and she licks the bowl clean.

Her water consumption is still at normal levels. She sleeps alot. Her physical and mental demeanors haven’t changed. She still acts like she doesn’t feel that great.

After she’s finished with the clavamox in about a week, Basette will go back to the vet’s for another round of glucose tests/dosing. She may also be tested for Cushings at that time.

Through all of this, the little black wonder cat has been patient, caring, and purring. Maybe because she is so very good and patient that it makes it that much more difficult when the usual treatments don’t seem to have much effect.

Basette, another update

Basette, the little black wonder cat

Basette’s condition hasn’t changed much. She is still primarily staying in the kitchen. She’s developed the sniffles (clear discharge). I’ll ask the vet about that tomorrow.

She’s continuing to have trouble with motor coordination on her back legs. She doesn’t seem to be in pain (slight discomfort from her back legs possibly). When she was walking around the kitchen today, she kept thwapping her tail on the floor. She places her back feet very carefully. Must be annoying for the once-most-vicious cat to feel unsteady.

She is so tiny now, and she looks so old. Only a few months ago she looked half her age, and now, I have this sinking feeilng she won’t be around much longer.

I’m so afraid some days that she’ll be curled up on her pillows as if asleep… except she won’t wake. I’ve started checking on her periodically during the night.

Maybe there will be something that will help.

Sugar Baby…

Basette, the little black wonder cat

Two months ago, Basette, my 14 year old domestic shorthair cat, was taken in to the vet because of poor coat condition, excessive water consumption and urination (in inappropriate places of course), and overall lethargic demeanor. She was diagnosed with diabetes. Her initial glucose levels were over 350 (100-150 is normal, 200 high end of normal). She has been on three different types of insulin at varying doses, and her glucose has still been eradict. She’s also on prescription diet for diabetes maintenance.

Basette is currently on Glipizide, an oral blood glucose lowering pill. Supposedly it takes about 10 days of doses before any real effect is noticed. She started this medicine last week on Friday.

Anyone out there have any experience with insulin-resistant diabetes?

My vet brought up the possibility that maybe Basette has Cushing’s Disease. Everything I’ve read sounds so inconclusive — poor treatment outlooks, unreliable diagnostic procedures.

This is a very special kitty. She adopted me at a gas station in Feb 1990 — I opened the car door and she jumped in. She is such a trooper. She rides to the vets while sitting on my lap. Everyone at the vet’s just loves her. It takes longer for me to leave because everyone there has to say good bye to her when I bring her home.

She has spent more time at the vet’s then at home these past two months, and I don’t know what else to do for her. We’re contacting a specialist and are waiting to hear.