Friday, April 13, 2018

Now, It's Parker's Turn

On Tuesday, I noticed something about Parker’s litter-box when I returned from work and walked into the library to say ‘hello’ to him. It hadn’t been used during the day. That was unusual but not concerning, especially since he urinated in it between then and the serving of his dinner. On Wednesday, a similar thing occurred. The orange boy’s litter-box had not been dirtied during the day. Furthermore, he did not urinate more than once before bed-time, at 10.30 that night. (When he is not confined to the library, he tends to use the ‘general’ litter-boxes, so it is not always easy to distinguish his waste from the others’.) And I had not seen him drinking at all during the two days, which is unusual for a diabetic.

The next morning, I took a glucose-reading on the sturdy-boy. Even without insulin, his number was about 16, which is too high, but quite a bit lower than usual. He did receive his medicine, but I returned home at noon to check on him. His number then was 6.4, which is very good. Six hours later, though, when he should have required another injection, he was not given one, as his number had not risen above 12.

Today, Parker’s numbers are much closer to what he usually has, and he used the litter-box during the night. Unlike Tucker’s recent changes, I don’t think Parker’s is a sign of any permanent alteration; it may have been just a diabetic reaction to something, though to what, I can’t say. He experienced no different food or stress, his environment had not changed. I will be checking his blood for the next few days, to be on the safe side.

Certainly, my foster-cat’s behaviour has not been abnormal. He has been active and alert. He may have more reason to be tomorrow. Parker will be having a bit of a field-trip. It’s not to the veterinary, so I think he may like this one - though I should caution against too much optimism, as it is not a trial-adoption, either. In any case, I will report on it probably on Sunday.

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  1. If the field-trip is what I think it is, I very much hope Parker likes it!

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    1. Sorry, I think I may have raised hopes too much. I've amended the article accordingly.

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    2. Oh, darn. Sorry for jumping the gun. Yes, I hoped the orange cutie had found a permahome. Still, I hope he has a good time!

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  2. Not to the vet, not a trial adoption...I'm overcome with curiosity now. Whatever it is, I certainly do hope it's agreeable to Parker!

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  3. We sure hope Parker is all okay now.

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  4. Oh Parker! We are all hoping that your blood sugar evens out and the dust settles on this little episode.

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  5. I'm quite curious about Parker's field trip. If it's not to the vet nor for a possible trial adoption, I can't imagine what it could be. I guess I'll have to be in suspense until Sunday. :-(

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    1. I may publish the story Saturday evening, if I can.

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  6. dood.....we R hopin yur numberz stay steddy wher they shuld bee... N we dunno wear ya iz goin on yur feeld trip but we due hope ya haz a grate time N safe travelz ~~~~~ ♥♥☺☺

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  7. I wonder where Parker will be visiting on his field trip. I hope his diabetes settles down.

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    1. I'll be sure to take pictures of the orange boy.

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  8. Parker, I am all ears! I can't wait to learn what your field trip is and where it takes you. XX to you.

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  9. Parker, I hope you have fun on your field trip. I'm sure, with your laid-back personality, you'll be a hit whereever you go.

    Hope too the numbers stablilize.

    Eileen

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  10. Oh, I hope that Parker will be ok! Sometimes cats are urinating less, but I think you have to keep an eye on especially when you have a cat with diabetic problems. Diabetic cats usually drink a lot! Does he eat regularly? Or something has changed?
    Maybe try to add some water to the meal? I make a cheat like this, because my cats have struvites issue, so they have to drink a lot!

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    1. He seems to be back in form. I'm not sure what caused the difference, though I am keeping an eye on every symptom. I have thought of giving him some non-salty chicken broth, as the veterinary suggested.

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