Insulin is not this colour! I’ve just added some ink to an old bottle so that it would show up in the pictures.
Just to remove any doubts you may have, insulin is measured from the end of the plunger closest to the needle itself. This picture below shows five units of insulin.
From what I’ve read there seems to be a lot of debate about how long a bottle of insulin lasts. I tend to get a new bottle every three months, which seems to be a happy medium.
When switching from an old to a new bottle of insulin, make injections from the new bottle over a weekend, or when you’ll be around to keep an eye on your cat. This is just in case the old insulin wasn’t at peak effectiveness and the new, strong insulin causes a hypo episode in your cat.
I always keep the most recent old bottle of insulin, just in case I drop and smash the new one. That way you will always have a back-up bottle for emergencies
Although the syringes are supposed to be used only once, I have always used them twice before discarding them. Tatty is on two shots a day and using the same syringe made it easier to remember if she’d had her shot or not. She has never suffered any ill effects from using the same needle a second time.
Don’t inject straight away - cold insulin stings!
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