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According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, about 50 to75 percent of cats with diabetes need to receive insulin injections, and some may also be prescribed pills to help regulate their glucose levels. Crucial to the treatment of diabetes is revisiting your cat's diet. You'll need to work with your vet to change and watch his diet, feeding him smaller portions of foods specially designed to help his body handle sugar. Monitoring his food and water intake, waste output and weight will be important in making sure his diabetes is properly treated. Some trial and error might be necessary in finding the best treatment for him, so call your vet right away if your cat's symptoms return.

Treating diabetes in cats can be challenging for both veterinarians and cat owners for two reasons:

A human who cares about his own safety would never inject himself with insulin without testing his blood sugar beforehand. The goal is to treat our diabetic cats the same way.

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Wondering what treats are acceptable for cats? Help prevent feline diabetes by feeding species appropriate treats. Q: I can't get my cat to eat! What should I do?
Diabetic cats under tight regulation generally eat their wet foods very well. Until this kind of control is achieved, it is useful to try very palatable “treat” foods at first, and appetite stimulants like ciprohepatidine (periactin) can also be used. Other owners that participate in Your Diabetic Cat Forum or Dr. Hodgkins can help you with this transient problem.

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Cat diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed, and currently it affects more than 1 in 400 cats. Diabetes is very treatable, and does not need to shorten your cat’s life span. This article will go over the signs of diabetes in cats, along with the various suspected causes. I will review the most common solutions, focusing on the lesser know natural solutions that you can use to treat your cat for diabetes at home.

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Q: What is the goal of treatment?
My goal for all of my diabetic patients is to restore the cat to its previous health without need for insulin. Other veterinarians may not attempt to achieve this goal, but my years of experience have taught me that more than 80% of all cats, especially new diabetics, can become normal again. Therefore, I do not treat my patients with the goal of just helping them “limp” along as ongoing diabetic cats. You may read elsewhere that only a lucky few cats, far less than the majority, ever become normal again. This is simply not true, a myth that is perpetuated by those with no experience in using a more advanced, and well proven method of reversing the processes of diabetes itself. Diabetic pet-owners have nothing to lose, except a chronically ill pet that will eventually die of its under-treated disease, by setting the goal of achieving normalcy in their pets. Q: Can I give oral medication instead of insulin?
No, no forms of oral anti-hyperglycemics are useful in cats, and some may even make the disease worse. The best, most conservative approach is to treat aggressively, and early, to restore the patient to normal health. The only oral approach to feline diabetes that works is removing all high carbohydrate foods from the cat’s diet. As you will read in the protocol, this is the key to controlling and curing diabetes.