Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Kitties with Diabetes Store

There is only one diabetic cat remaining in DCIN foster care available for adoption. Click on Sunshine's linked name under her photo for the full scoop.

If you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, volunteer. If you can't volunteer, donate. If you can't donate, share. Every action helps and each one is important.

Sunshine in VA
In foster since January 2013


Why is our main page called The Kitties with Diabetes Store? This story is from a woman who was going to soon adopt one of the DCIN cats. My 3 y/o son just asked me "Can we get a kitty from the kitty diabetes store?" I said, "The kitty diabetes store?" and he said, "Where kitties with diabetes that don't have homes come from!!" (kind of in that exasperated "DUH, Mom!" tone.) I said, "Why do you want another kitty with diabetes?" and he said, "Because we can take extra-good care of them since we know how." Boy, won't he be surprised when our "new" diabetic kitty arrives from "the kitty diabetes store" (aka: DCIN) hopefully next week! I can even tell him that I ordered the kitty online and had to wait for shipping! ~Venita

Friday, October 16, 2015

2016 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Ordering Now Open!

For the last two weeks, DCIN has been holding its annual Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Contest.  We still have plenty of room for kitties in the calendar, so please consider entering.

We are now accepting orders for the 2016 8.5" by 11" twelve-month wall calendar. The prices listed below include mailing costs. To order, please PayPal the appropriate amount for the number of calendars you wish to order and the location where they will be sent to by choosing the "pay or send money" option, then selecting "send money to friends or family." If you fund your payment with a credit card, please also pay the credit card fee on the final PayPal screen. (If you don't, DCIN will have to make that payment.) In the Email to recipient: message section, please include your full mailing address or that of the recipient.

If you do not use PayPal, please email with your intent to pay by check and include the number of calendars you're ordering and your/recipient's mailing address. Then send your full payment to

Diabetic Cats in Need
P.O. Box 21
Minot, ME  04258-0021

Pricing (includes postage):
  • US mailings --$25 per calendar
  • Canadian mailings -- $30 per calendar - please pay in US$!
  • Other international mailings -- $35 per calendar - please pay in US$!
The higher costs for Canada and other international locations are because of the higher mailing costs to those places.

DCIN is accepting orders the 2016 calendar through November 8, 2015. We want to get the calendars received, shipped, and delivered before the US Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, in case you are gifting calendars to friends/family. It may take longer for international locations.

Thank you all so much for supporting DCIN's 2016 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar!

If you have questions, please contact me at


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DCIN 2016 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Contest

DCIN is pleased to announce its second annual Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Contest!  Head on over to our site on GoGo to enter.  If you didn't enter a kitty into last year's contest, you'll need to create an account to enter this year.  If you registered last year, your account should still work.

The contest runs from October 1st through October 30th at 11:59:59 PM EDT.  Each entry costs $5, and each vote is $1.  You can find the remaining rules on the contest site under "Rules".

And of course - there are prizes! The Top Cat gets his/her photo on the cover of the DCIN 2016 Calendar, a comfy and attractive handmade cat mat, and a free copy of the calendar.  The five Runners-Up get a prominent spot in the DCIN 2016 Calendar and a free copy of the calendar.

You can get an idea of what last year's calendar looked like here.  There was a hard-fought contest for the cover spot by Bear and Jack Abraham Resnick, which caused quite a bit of excitement!

We'll be giving out information on how to order your own copy of the calendar a little later on in October.

We're hoping this year's contest is just as fun as it was last year.  Happy voting!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mismatched Socks Fundraiser - September 1 - 25, 2015

Many DCIN Friends LOVE socks - the crazier the better. What could be better than SolMate's Mismatched Socks to pad around in?

So we bring you our fourth annual mismatched socks fundraiser for DCIN. Through September 25, 2015, DCIN is taking orders for these socks. DCIN will bulk order the socks and mail them to you in the US by mid-October. (We'll have a later delivery date for Canada and other international locations, but we'll ship those as soon as possible.) All shipping will be done by 1st class US Postal Service if possible. (Do not order directly from SolMate; with shipping, it may cost you more - and DCIN won't get a portion of the sale.)

You can choose from adult crew socks, adult ankle socks, adult knee socks, kids socks (one pair and a spare), and infant socks (two pair and a spare). You also can check this brochure for the styles, patterns, and sizes available. The socks are made from 62% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 15% Nylon, 1% Lycra.  They are machine washable and dryable.

For $22 per pair/set, or $25 per pair for the adult knee socks, you will receive your socks with mailing to all US locations included. There is an additional $5 per order charge for Canadian mailing and an extra $10 per order charge for mailings to other international locations. (So sorry for those mailing charges, but that is at least the cost of international mailing.)

To order, please PayPal $22 per pair/set (or $25 per pair for adult knee socks) to by choosing the "pay or send money" option, then selecting "send money to friends or family". If you fund your payment with a credit card, please also pay the credit card fee on the final PayPal screen. (If you don't, DCIN will have to make that payment.) At the bottom of the final PayPal screen, in the Email to recipient: message section please indicate:

  • Number of sock pairs/sets being ordered
  • Style (adult, ankle, kids, or infant), pattern, and size of each pair/set (please indicate a backup pattern if your first choice of pattern is not available at the time of the order)
  • Your mailing address
If you don't use PayPal, you can mail a check along with the order information listed above to

Diabetic Cats in Need
P.O. Box 21
Minot, ME  04258-0021

If you care to take orders from your workmates/friends through your workplace or social networks, there is a bulk order form as the last page of the brochure. You will have to submit this payment with your order by September 25. If you have questions about this, please email

Now the only question is...which patterns and how many pairs are you going to order?!  ~Amy

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2014 Tax Return

As required by US federal law/regulations and DCIN's own core value of transparency, the pdf documents at this link are the IRS forms that comprise DCIN's 2014 tax return. Our thanks to all who support DCIN's mission of helping diabetic cats.

Friday, July 10, 2015

My kitty was just diagnosed with diabetes. I read a lot of stuff on the internet but what do YOU do?

I get questions like that via email/Facebook PM several times per week.  While everyone has different experiences because every cat is different, I can share my experiences.  I will do my best to answer the most common questions I get.  This post is about insulin questions.

What insulin do you use?

I have three diabetic cats and I use three different types of insulin.

Pumpkin was my cat before he had diabetes.  I tried him on Prozinc and Novolin N and neither worked for him.  He has done very well on Lantus.  He did have several months of being in remission (aka "off the juice" or "OTJ) but after a third bout of nearly life-ending pancreatitis, his pancreas has not recovered and likely never will.

Tucker came to me for care after he was already diabetic.  I tried him on Lantus and it didn't work well for him.  I switched him to BCP PZI and it did work well.  I then tried Levemir and it was not good for him so he is back on BCP PZI.  He has periods of being OTJ that ranges from a couple of days to a few weeks.

Sunshine came to me twice.  I had her while her foster mom was on vacation.  She had been on Lantus for several years.  It didn't seem to be the best insulin for her and I switched her to Levemir.  She did great with Levemir and went back to her foster mom on it.  Unfortunately for Sunshine, she went into a very severe DKA and nearly died.  I took her home with me as a "last chance" and treated her as aggressively as possible.  Today, she is OFF insulin and has been for several months.

(Side note - switching insulin should be done in consultation with your veterinarian.  Your data from home testing, along with behavioral observations, is what will be used to explain why a particular insulin may not be working for your cat.)

While Novolin N and Vetsulin/Caninsulin are NOT recommended insulins for cats, with proper guidance from an experienced caregiver, they can be used and get a cat into remission.

So to sum up, the right insulin is the one that works for your cat.  There are several to try.  Don't be discouraged if the first one isn't working the way you expected.

(Another side note - Regular or R insulin should NOT EVER be used as a basal insulin and should be used with extreme caution under the direction of a veterinarian along with receiving guidance from an experienced caregiver.)

My cat is on ___ units of insulin and my vet says I can't go any higher.

Well, no, that's not true. A dose can always go higher but you need to look at anything contributing to a lack of results.  A higher dose isn't always the answer.

Is your cat completely off of dry food?  
Are you only feeding low-carb canned food?
Does your cat have bad teeth or an infection?
Is your cat secretly stealing high-carb dog food or people food?
Is your insulin expired?
Have you been using the same vial of insulin for more than 4-6 months?
Are you doing curves at home to see how your cat responds?

If you are literally doing every single thing "right" for your cat and can answer:
YES and they are ________ (flat, sharp, early nadir, late nadir, etc,), then you need to start looking for answers.  The curve can tell you a lot.  Maybe it's the wrong insulin for your cat.  Maybe the dose is too high.  Maybe it's too low.  Maybe your cat has another condition such as insulin resistance or acromegaly.

If your answers are something different, then post on one of the forums for caregivers of diabetic cats, send us a message. or post a question on our page.

My vet/pharmacist says I HAVE to use the pen needles for Lantus/Levemir.

Your vet/pharmacist is wrong.  The pens were designed for people.  They only can dispense whole units and their accuracy is not as precise as when correctly dosed in an insulin syringe.  

Pens must be primed before every use with the pen needles.  If your cat is getting 1u twice per day, you are literally wasting HALF of the pen on priming.  Lantus is insanely expensive.  Price wise, it's almost worth its weight in gold.  When you use insulin syringes, you waste a drop or two and can use every single drop of insulin in the pen.

When you correctly use an insulin syringe, your dose will be infinitely more accurate than using the pen needle would be.

If you have another question about insulin, please let me know and I'll answer you!  I would love to read your comments and questions.

Stay tuned for "My vet told me dry food is fine but the internet says 'No.' What do you feed your cats?"  -Jenna

Thursday, June 11, 2015

$1,200 Challenge Grant

June 11, 2015--

Are you up to helping with this challenge? 

An anonymous donor will match 50 cents on the dollar for any new or increased monthly sponsorships made to DCIN's general fund in June and July 2015. The donor will match up to $100 a month for a year.

That means that DCIN will need to obtain at least $2,400 in new or increased sponsorships by July 31, 2015, and those sponsorships need to stay in place for a full year, for DCIN to capture the full $1,200 challenge grant. 

If you would like to help to accept this challenge to benefit DCIN, please use the subscription box below to set up a new subscription by a Paypal payment. You can select from various levels of donation from $5 to $100. If you would like a donation amount other than what is shown in the drop-down menu, you want to increase a subscription that you already have, or want to make your donations by check, please contact or ~Venita

Amount of Monthly Sponsorship