Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Suzi for letting me ask questions about Snickers. Pictures used with permission.
How old is Snickers?
Snickers is 14. She just had her birthday!
How did Snickers come to live with you?
I owned her and her brother, Milton’s mom. I went on vacation and my nephew was supposed to be watching her but let her out and she got pregnant. I got to watch them be born! So I have had her since day one!
Did she have asthma when you got her or did she develop it later?
Snickers was diagnosed with asthma later in life and she gets a shot when needed. Two years ago she started walking funny so I took her in and her blood work came back with a blood sugar number of 598!!! She will sadly never go into remission for her diabetes because of her asthma shot. The steroids in it will always affect her blood sugar.
What are some of the signs of asthma?
Some signs for asthma is coughing but not trying to cough up anything. And labored breathing.
What about signs of a diabetes flair up?
For diabetes some signs are drinking lots of water, weight gain, peeing a lot and most will develop neuropathy, which is damaged nerve function and the cat will start walking funny in the back legs.
How often do you check her sugar?
At the minimum I check her sugar twice a day before I give her an insulin shot. Usually I test her about 4-6 times a day. She gets her shot in the morning and at night.
What kind of medication is she on?
She gets a shot for her asthma when needed but she can also use an inhaler just like people do! I have asthma as well so if she is having a rough time and for some reason I can’t get her in she can take some puffs from my inhaler. She has an extension called the Aerokat so it’s not going directly in her mouth.
What are her favorite things to do?
Her favorite things are playing with earplugs, lol, snuggling with me and she loves to go out in our backyard.
Are there any other pets in the house?
I do have one of her litter mates, Milton and I have my mom’s cat, Olivia, whom I adopted and my mom passed away. Her and my cats do not get along at all! Even after a year and a half.
Are they protective of her?
She’s not protective but I am the only person she loves. She tolerates my husband. She does stare at the door if someone knocks, that’s about it.
I love to educate people on feline diabetes and this little girl is my everything!
Here is some additional information on Feline Asthma and Feline Diabetes