Parker went to the doctor yesterday. There was nothing in particular that was concerning about him, but his visit was to a veterinary who will be his regular doctor from now on. I found this doctor - though looking about fifteen years old - to be knowledgeable and confident, as well as sensible, which is often as important as any other factor, and not just in medical personnel.
Things are looking very well for Parker. His heart and lungs sound healthy and his teeth look good, though he has a touch of gingivitis. A date for a dental cleaning will be settled in a few weeks. This is contingent upon his next ‘curve’. The doctor lowered my new friend’s insulin dosage; the morning injection remains the same, but the evening amount was reduced considerably. This will be given for the next fortnight, at the end of which I will perform a ‘curve’ and see what the numbers are. His dosage will be re-assessed then.
Parker has lost more weight. He is eating well but his diet is strict, and comprises mostly soft-food. The veterinary is pleased that Parker is losing weight; she would like to see Parker drop to between 6.5 and seven kilograms. Currently, he weighs 8.08. This is undoubtedly in the right direction, I but worry that it may be too fast a diminution. However, he will be weighed regularly (I hope to do this at the beginning of every month). In the meantime, his skin has loosened a bit (when I first met him, I could barely pinch enough to inject him with his insulin) and he looks a little more streamlined.
Because my guest-cat always seems hungry, I suggested that he receive more food. The doctor agreed, and so now Parker will enjoy an extra quarter-tin of soft-food, twice a day. Once will be at bed-time; trying to sleep with an empty belly is never fun. I could tell he appreciated the new regimen last night.
I will keep an eye on the orange fellow during his new insulin and feeding schedules, watching for any troubling signs of too little medicine, or too rapid a weight-loss. But I think he is on the right path. The poundage he is shedding is excess to what his body requires and, I suspect, will stabilise within the next month or so. If not, we have the power to brake the reduction. As for his insulin, I think a consistent, moderate amount will have him feeling better than ever.
And that late-night snack before bed doesn’t hurt, either.