Caring for Your Diabetic Cat Part 3 - How to give an insulin injection

keep your cat's insulin in the


sometimes insulin settles along the

bottom of the bottle forming a layer of

white crystals these crystals must be re

suspended before drawing up the insulin

dose roll the bottle back and forth

between the palms of your hands until

all the crystals disappear never shake

the bottle however as this may create

foam making it hard to draw up an

accurate dose disinfect the top of the

bottle with alcohol using a cotton ball

allow the alcohol to air dry while you

remove the protective caps from the

needle to maintain sterility do not

allow anything to come into contact with

the needle before giving the injection

invert the bottle and insert the needle

into the rubber top pull back the

plunger and draw the desired amount of

insulin into the syringe if you withdraw

too much simply inject some of the

insulin back into the bottle avoid air

bubbles in the barrel of the syringe

even small bubbles will affect the

accuracy of your dosage if you see any

bubbles gently tap the side of the

syringe to drive them to the top and

inject them back into the bottle confirm

that you have the proper amount of

insulin in the syringe

remember insulin is extremely potent so

you must give the exact amount of

insulin prescribed to your cat it's a

good idea to feed your cat before giving

the injection this serves two purposes

associating the injection with feeding

makes your cat more cooperative and if

your cat eats first he is less likely to

experience hypoglycemia or low blood

sugar there are many ways to restrain

your cat for an insulin injection you

can use a table top the corner of the

room or you can work with your cat in

your lap with practice you can usually

give injections on your own but when

you're first starting out you may find

it easier to have a helper if you've

never done anything like that before I

would say having somebody near you maybe

who has so that you can feel a little

more confident in it the first few times

the first three times I had somebody

with me every

which was really great have your help

replace your cat on the table with his

head facing forward have them grasp each

front limb at the elbows and pull the

cat close to their body gently pinch the

skin and pull upward to create a skin

tint insert the needle down into the

10th avoid sticking the needle across

the skin 10th as it can inadvertently go

in one side and out the other push the

needle all the way up to the hub this

will get the insulin into the pocket

just beneath the skin where it will be

absorbed properly pull back on the

plunger and look for blood in the

syringe blood indicates that a blood

vessel has been penetrated this is not

serious withdraw the needle and try

again in another location if you don't

see any blood press the plunger and give

the insulin needles and syringes are not

reusable however medical waste must

never be thrown into your regular

garbage collect them in a container like

a coffee can and take them to your

veterinarian for safe disposal

since insulin injections are given daily

you should rotate the injection site

this will help to minimize inflammatory

reactions which can lead to poor insulin

absorption the best place to give

injections is over the side of the chest

and abdomen insulin injections are well

tolerated by most cats and with a little

practice you and your cat will soon

settle into the new routine