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How To Give Insulin To Your Cat
The thought of giving daily insulin shots to your diabetic cat may seem almost impossible, but after a few times of doing it, it will seem like nothing.
FIND A CALM ROOM
The first thing that you need to do before injecting the insulin into your best feline friend is to have a nice comfortable area in your home that you know will make your diabetic cat calm. This comfortable room should be where you always will administer the injection. The room should have toys and fun things that your cat will associate as being enjoyable. You should play with your cat in this room and make it as pleasant as possible.
This room should also be where you are as comfortable as possible for you are the one giving the injection.
POSITION YOUR SELF AND YOUR CATS
Thesecond thing that you need to do is for you to sit or kneel on the floor and have your cat up on a sofa or bed. Pet your cat and make him or her as comfortable as possible. Make sure to have your syringes and insulin in a nearby area for you to grab. Make sure that you are not in such a position that it could look threatening to your cat. Practice without the syringe to make sure that you can arrange your arms in such a way to administer the injection. Instead of using the syringe during the practice runs, just pet your cat instead.
There are many spots that you can use to inject the insulin. However, the best areas that have a good blood supply is around your cat’s sides of his stomach or hips. If you inject the insulin into the cat’s neck, there is a good chance that the insulin will not get absorbed as well as the stomach area and hips. Many veterinarians tent the skin around the back of your cat's neck because they say that there is a large area of skin to go into, but some say that there is decreased blood flow in that area and it will be harder for the insulin to get absorbed. It is up to you.
It is a good idea to inject the insulin in different locations each time so that it does not pain your cat or cause something known as granuloma which could make it where the blood doesn't’t flow in and out of the tissue as well as it should.
THE ADMINISTERING OF INSULIN
Thirdly, you should take your index finger and thumb and pinch the skin up into a tent and then administer the injection. If you pinch hard enough it could cause a numbing feeling and it won’t hurt your cat as much.
Try to part the fur back enough so that you can see the skin and make sure that the syringe went in. When you administer the injection you should hold the syringe parallel of your cat’s back. The idea is to have the tip of the needle at such an angle that it slides just under the skin and not puncturing the cat’s muscle. Push the needle tip gently into the base of that pinched tent. The needles are so tiny that the cat will mostly not even flinch.
PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE
The forth thing that you should do is immediately praise your cat. Your cat will almost forget that there was any pain because cat’s love attention. Playing with your cat right after the shot will also help you feel less stressed and feel more relaxed.
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