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What Is Its Role in Diabetes? What is your vitamin D level? Some day – maybe soon – having your vitamin D level measured may become as routine as having your cholesterol checked. According to some advocates of routine vitamin D testing, the results could prove to be a useful piece of medical information. The importance of adequate vitamin D levels in the body has been recognized for decades. In 1921, scientists proved that exposure to the sun hardens bones and prevents diseases of “rubbery,” weak bones called rickets (in children) and osteomalacia (in adults). It was later discovered that it is the vitamin D produced when the skin is exposed to sun that helps the body absorb calcium and strengthen the skeleton. Around the same time, cod liver oil was found to be a potent food source of vitamin D. Popular and scientific interest in vitamin D waned, however, once these diseases became relatively uncommon, particularly in the United States, where milk and some other foods have been routinely fortified with vitamin D since the 1930’s. Recently, however, new research on the so-called sunshine vitamin has shown that it plays a role in many more bodily systems than just the skel Continue reading >>

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  1. Megan and Boots

    Here's the situation: Boots has spent the past several months meowing A LOT at night in the bedroom. Thankfully, I'm a heavy sleeper and he wakes me only once or maybe twice a night, but he wakes my light-sleeping partner up all the time to the point that he's really sleep deprived and falling asleep at work. We're just about at our wits' end.
    It all started just prior to Boots' diabetes diagnosis. He'd come in the middle of the night to cry, presumably for food (he'd settle down if fed). Once he was diagnosed, we felt bad for the night crying, assuming he genuinely felt like his body was starving, so we started catering to his cries even more and getting up and feeding him sometimes 2-3 times a night. Well now his blood sugars have been well regulated for well over a month, and other symptoms of the diabetes are diminishing (excessive thirst/peeing for starters), but his cries at night are if anything worse! I suspect it's because it's turned into more of a behavioral problem - he is used to crying and getting a snack, so he does it because it works?
    We tried doing an auto-feeder overnight but I guess those 3-4 snacks weren't enough, because he continued to come in and cry.
    "Shut the door" - you might say. Well, we have two reasons for hesitation:
    1) we have two other kitties who come and go at night, often sleep with us, and cause no problems (actually when we DO shut the door, one of those two tends to get upset being shut out and scratches at the door);
    2) the last time or two we did that, Boots got so upset and worked himself up so badly that he peed in our guest bedroom next door and our upstairs bathroom. (Now, that was back when the diabetes was a little less controlled, so maybe it was also related to that and it wouldn't happen now that his blood sugar is in check, but you can understand our hesitation to shut the door)
    We tried Feliway spray - no luck calming him down with that.
    Does anyone have any ideas? Should we just shut the door and hope for the best (no accidents)? Some other non-Feliway calming spray maybe? Anti-anxiety meds (trying to avoid that, but getting desperate)? We don't want to just feed him more throughout the day because I really think it's behavioral not starvation and he's actually been gaining weight recently on his current 6-7oz canned food daily diet.
    We're desperate! I hope someone else has been through a similar situation and has some advice for something that might work! Thanks in advance...

  2. Anitafrnhamer

    I noticed that Boots got radio-iodine for HT a few years prior to the diabetes Dx. Squeaker did too.
    Squeaker also began squalling a lot at night. I had noticed during this period that his thyroid panels were up and down. Low, normal, low normal. I had a thyroid panels run a couple of times but that checked out ok. When I took him for a check up with the IM----he looked at all the results and said he thought it was Euthyroid sickness. The thyroid secretes hormones normally but the body doesn't retain them. Squeaker was but on Levo-T to stimulate production of hormones so there was more flooding into his system; his system had more available to retain. Since that time the night time yowling has ceased.
    I would begin to watch the result of T-4, Free T4 on test results when you have testing. You might notice a trend like I saw. It is certainly an option.
    Have you tried a pheromone collar? It might help more than the spray as it is a constant presence right under the nose.

  3. BJM

    Try 15-20 minutes of active play in the morning and early evening. This may help reduce stress and tire him out so he bothers you less.
    And do check with the vet. There is a condition called cognitive dysfunction syndrome which may happen in older cats and sometime meds may help. Some cats may find a night light helps them stay oriented.

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