|Xander on his way home.|
I was given an insulin kit: 100 U-40 29 gauge syringes, 10 mls of protamine zinc recombinant human insulin (aka ProZinc), & a sharps container for the used syringes. I talked a bunch with Dr. Belcher about when and how to give Xander the insulin. He needs to be given it after he has eaten; the instructions say after a meal. But since I use the Wireless Whiskers feeder the cats have access to food 24 hours a day and there is no big meal time. For the morning dose Dr. Belcher says Xander should have at least 1/8 cup between midnight and 7:30. I have figured out that is equal to about 15% of his allotted food. For the evening I figured at 6 when Dad & I sit down for dinner I could check how much Xander has eaten, then check again at 7:30 and see if he has eaten at least 15% more than he had eaten at 6 pm. Problem solved!
Xander looked a lot better when we got home. He was walking around a lot more and eating more than he had been the day I took him in to the vet. I could tell he was feeling a lot better. At dinner I checked the Wireless Whiskers, it was at 53% which meant by 7:30 it needed to be more than 68%. It was at 75%, so I got the syringe ready and gave him his shot. It's a lot easier on him than giving him pills; its one quick stick and done before he knows what's happening.
Xander's bill today was pretty big; all I can say is that it's a good thing I have that Hawaiian Airlines credit card where I get miles for every dollar I put on it! In my nerdiness I decided to see how much Xander has cost this year so I got out all the cat-related receipts and built a spreadsheet. For 2017 I have spent $4,012 for the cats; 89% of it was for Xander. Unfortunately I got the Hawaiian Airlines card on 07/12 so I have only been able to put $2,334 of the cat expenses on it. Even though I'm getting miles, I sure hope the insulin helps him.
On my way to get the mail today I found a dead zebra dove under the mango tree. It wasn't there yesterday. I can't figure out how it died. It doesn't look like it ran in to anything or got chomped on by anything.
Happy Birthday to Jacque! Happy 34th Anniversary to Roger & Mai!