Home Monitoring of the Diabetic Cat with a Glucometer

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Date / Time   Blood Glucose Level  Notes ( e.g attitude, if fed, dose given
8 am  188  Before insulin, checked then gave 1 unit SQ

 Ate 1/4 cup of Hill's RD

 Ate great , playful

10 am  148  
11 am  196  Sleeping
12 pm  204  Playing in cat tree
2 pm  222  
4 pm  204  
6 pm  188  
8 pm  248 Before next insulin dose


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The blood sugar levels are later reviewed relative to food intake and insulin administration. Based on these results, and your veterinarian's interpretation, the insulin may be altered.

If the blood glucose is consistently high even though the pet is on insulin, the dosage is increased. If the blood glucose is consistently low, the dose of insulin needs to be reduced. If the duration of effect is suboptimal, a different type of insulin may be recommended.

Will My Cat Be Upset with My Testing?

In general, this is a quick and relatively painless procedure in cats. Most cats do well. The hardest part for most cats is the restraint required to obtain your sample for cats that are resistant to restraint. In this case it may be better to have this test performed at your veterinary's office where they are trained to test and restrain pets.

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