Let's Begin The Story...
Nonketotic Hyperosmolar Syndrome in Cats
Inka - 1993-2005
Sadly, after a long protracted battle against his multiple conditions, and every possible measure taken to help him with it, I ended up having to make the dreadful decision to call it a day in November 2005. It was primarily the liver complications that weren't improving, but the heavy impact of the hyperthyroidism took a major toll, as it prevented him from putting on any weight which might have helped him battle somewhat easier perhaps. It has been a huge loss as I spent so long working with him to try and achieve what was probably pretty impossible, but am pleased that where others may have lost the battle a lot sooner perhaps, he managed to sustain himself for some time after the diagnoses were made. This is his story. (As and when I can, I'll maybe add on some additional info on the latter two years of his problems for any of you who may be interested).
Inka is a black, now 12-year-old male cat, who was previously very healthy and lived outdoors continuously for most of his life. He took critically ill on March 14, 2001 at the age of 8, with a very rare syndrome - nonketotic hyperosmolarity diabetic syndrome. His blood sugar was 38 (UK units - 684 US) and he was near death, with impending kidney failure and extreme dehydration. However, thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of CedarMount Vet clinic in Bangor, N. Ireland he survived the initial onset, which is apparently very unusual according to one expert in Dublin. At any rate he continued to keep going despite continually high sugars - rarely below 20, and was nowhere near the same cat in any respect - much duller for the most part and very manageable unlike before his diagnosis.