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Testing Your Cat's Glucose Levels

   
     
 

Home testing your diabetic cat could appear complicated but with practice, you and your cat will adapt to it and it will become second nature. One of the easiest home testing is done on your cat’s ear. If your cat does not like to be touched on the ear then you could also do it on his paw.

Things that you will need:

Lancing device or there is the Lancet Freehand…Rice Sock or Wet Washcloth…monitor, test strips lancet..Kleenex…Vaseline

Step 1: Take the rice sock or wet washcloth and heat it in the microwave for 25 seconds or so. It is up to you to see if it needs more heat or less, just as long as it doesn’t hurt your cat. The objective is to get the blood in the ear flowing.

Step 2 Sit on the floor and place all of the diabetic cat supplies in arms reach. Place the test strips into the monitor.  Some cat owners find that if you place the cat on your lap it is more comfortable for you and your cat. Some people like to give their feline a low carb treat to take his attention away from the testing.

Step 3 With your cat in your arms take the rice sock or wet cloth in a plastic bad to your cats ear. This will get the blood flowing. It is helpful to heat the entire ear even though your cat might not like that. You can also try to rub the ear to get the blood flowing. By doing this you improve the chances that there will be enough blood in your cats ear to use.

Step 4 Take the keenex or paper towel and place it behind your cats ear and line up the lancing device to the part of the cat’s ear that you want to prick. When you are ready, press the button. When you see the blood drop form on the ear pick up the meter and touch the tip of the testing strip to the cat’s blood. Let the strip sip the blood.

Step 5 The meter will start to count down and while it does so, use the Kleenex or paper towel to clean your cat’s ear. Apply pressure to stop the bleeding. After a minute or so the bleeding should stop.

Step 6 Praise and pet your cat. Give your cat another low carb treat.

Step 7 After a minute or so, your meter should have a current blood glucose level displayed. From this, if your cat’s blood glucose level is too low, you should not give as much insulin because it could lead to a hypoglycemic attack.

   
 

 

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