Feline Diabetes - Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Cats with diabetes can live a relatively normal life, depending on the severity of the disease when first diagnosed. Some cats are diagnosed in the early stages of diabetes and don’t require medication, as long as their diet is altered accordingly and their health is monitored and maintained. However, not all cats are that lucky and in addition to a change in their diets, they will also need oral diabetic medications or insulin injections, usually twice a day. It will take some time for both you and your cat to settle into the new routine of medicine bottles and possibly insulin injections, not to mention choosing a new diabetic cat food.

In a study of high fiber diets in cats, 9 out of 13 diabetic cats showed a significant improvement in glycemic control with consumption of a high fiber diet.

Diabetes treatment is based on the severity of the disease. Cats with ketoacidosis require prompt intensive care, which usually includes fluid therapy and short-acting insulin injections. For cats that are not severely ill, your veterinarian may recommend a treatment plan that includes insulin injections or oral medications, along with dietary changes.

Diets for Diabetic Cats - Feline Diabetes

This is especially true for diabetic cats. “The ideal diet for a diabetic cat is one that has increased protein and decreased carbohydrate content,” Nelson says. Most canned cat foods are already high in protein and low in carbs. But many dry cat foods are made with starch, which makes them higher in carbohydrates. If you are going to try to control your cat's diabetes with diet alone, I would strongly recommend visiting and consulting the canned food charts found there and begin feeding all of your cats a strict, canned cat food only diet containing 5% or less carbohydrates. This diet may not only help control your diabetic cat’s condition, but will likely make your other kitties healthier as well.

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If diet alone does not control the diabetes, your cat will need medication, either insulin or an oral antihyperglycemics (pills). If you opt to try pills, research indicates that it can take up to four months before a cat begins to respond to them. Depending on your cat's overall health at diagnosis, you may not want to wait this long. Also, most cats don't seem to respond to the pills so injected insulin may be the best treatment option. Several types of insulins with different characteristics are available to use, as not all cats react the same way to each type. Humulin N has a very poor history of working correctly on cats and should be avoided. Non-human insulin such as pork or beef PZI is closest to the structure of a cat's own insulin. Again, the Health Articles section has a number of articles on insulin.

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