So. We switched over from the Caninsulin to the Prozinc in March and – drumroll please – Gryff has responded fantastically well!
This photo was taken in January:
(It was the day we brought him back from the veterinary hospital after his second bout of ketoacidosis, and, just in case you were wondering, he’s still wearing the pressure bandage because he was so completely FURIOUS about everything he wouldn’t let anyone take it off).
This photo was taken a few weeks ago:
I did try to take one of him today for the purposes of comparison, but the sun was shining and he’s been too busy lying in sunny spots letting the rays tickle his tummy to sit up and pose nicely:
And that’s it – Gryff’s year so far summed up in three pictures: from death’s door to all the all-singing, all-dancing, healthy, happy, posing and awesome cat of today.
Surprisingly, Gryff responded to the Prozinc really quickly. It took just over four weeks for us to work up to his ideal dose and the results have been pretty stable. From our point of view this is excellent news, because even when he was doing relatively well on the Caninsulin his blood glucose results were all over the place. As things stand we still get the occasional high peak in the region of 23 but by and large his blood glucose sits between 5 and 14 for well over half of the day. Which is exactly where we want it to be.
Shortly after we introduced the Prozinc his weight started creeping back up and we’re now above the magic 4kg mark. In many ways this has been the thing that’s pleased us most because he looks robust and chunky again – he’s finally starting to look like himself. He’s still incredibly hungry though (or maybe we just have to face it: he’s greedy) and he becomes a little unruly if he discovers we’re eating and he isn’t – we’re working on that, but as cat owners the world over will attest cats aren’t exactly the most biddable creatures at the best to times so we’re making slow progress….
In of himself he’s excellent and we see such a difference in him – especially when we look back to where we were last August. He’s bright and alert, completely gorgeous and, he wouldn’t be Gryff if he wasn’t occasionally bossy. He’s a sneaky little bugger too and every so often he gets that look in his eye – that look he used to get (usually when plumbers were around) – before all hell breaks loose and he launches himself at someone, for no good reason, all teeth and claws and rage. We’re still trying to get used to managing the return of that particular aspect of his character.
Prozinc seems to have given Gryff a whole new lease of life and we couldn’t be more pleased. There have been some interesting bumps along the way (the emergency dash to the vets that morning he woke up with one teeny tiny pupil springs to mind*) but on balance, the Prozinc journey has been a smooth and positive one. In some ways it feels like a miracle cure, but we don’t want to speak too soon. So for now, we’re just enjoying having Gryff back – teeth, claws, rage and all…..
Love you all lots like jelly tots,
WeeGee and Gryff xoxox
*In the end it went back to normal and we couldn’t get to the bottom of what went wrong. Apparently it was idiopathic…..