Diabetes insipidus (diagnosed)We think Linus is a three-to-five-year-old kitty who came into foster in late winter of 2021. He is pretty laid back, but sometimes chases toys or plays with ones that he can hold and kick. He gets along with the resident adult cats but would probably be happiest as an only cat or perhaps living with an older cat. He is not all that fond of being held, but he will rub and rub and rub some more against his humans when he is feeling happy. Linus has diabetes insipidus, a non-life-threatening disorder that is relatively rare in cats. His body does not produce vasopressin/ADH, a hormone that helps his kidneys keep water in his body (nothing to do with insulin or his sugar levels). His foster mom gives him subcutaneous injections of synthetic hormone twice a day. Without these injections, he spends most of the day drinking and then of course urinating (we know this because he was not diagnosed and treated until he came into foster), not a good life for a cat. He and his foster mom have come to an understanding about the injections. He gets half of a squeezable-type tube treat (he loves these!) each time he gets jabbed. Diabetes insipidus will not shorten Linus life, and he can miss an occasional injection with no significant effect, but he will need to be treated for the rest of his life. If youd like to meet Linus or think Linus would be a good match for your family, please complete our adoption questionnaire at http://www.trentoncats.org/adoption-questionnaire/ and let your references know someone will be contacting them soon. All our cats are neutered, up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations, dewormed and flea-treated, tested for FIV/FeLV, and microchipped prior to adoption. Thanks for opting to adopt!
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