Question about feeding my diabetic cat.?
Topic: Question about feeding my diabetic cat.?
July 17, 2019 / By Carissa Question:
My 15 year old cat was diagnosed with diabetes 2 months ago and today he went into insulin shock and is at the Vet in a coma. The Vet says the cat didn't eat enough. If he comes out of it, any suggestions from other diabetic pet owners about making sure your pet actually eats enough (I have 2 healthy cats also)
Best Answers: Question about feeding my diabetic cat.?
Andi | 5 days ago
Diabetic cats need to eat small meals several times a day--a tablespoon of food is a 'meal'. This not only keeps them from spiking their blood sugar hugely up and down, it helps stabalize them.
You need to use a food low in carbs, low in fats, and high in protein. There are lists online that you can use--just google 'Janet and Binky's Food Chart' or go here --
You can compare side by side what each food is made up of, to get the best for your cat.
Ours we had on a diet of Royal Canin Siamese 38 as a free feeding all day, and he'd get canned food several times, usually the Fancy Feast 'feasts' without the gravy, which are very good for diabetic cats. The 9-Lives Super Supper has 6 carbs per can, we'd use that occasionally but he wasn't big on the taste of that. We also gave him baked chicken, some raw from whatever meat we were making for supper, and I'd bake up some fish for him with no salt or pepper, and share that.
Are you home testing? The units are free, you can find the One Touch online for free in several sites. The testing strips can be bought in bulk online for lower cost than the pharmacists carry. And ALWAYS ALWAYS never give a shot unless the cat has eaten at least a tablespoon of food within a half hour prior to the shot. You can't give insulin on an empty stomach.
There are at least two very good diabetic cat lists on YahooGroups, the owners there can walk you through whatever you need to know.
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Originally Answered: Question about raw feeding?
Just check the sodium content. Some (but not all) dogs are sensitive to added sodium in meats. If it's less than 100 mg per serving it's fine.
I would crate dogs separately. Even the dogs who are the best of friends can start getting testy with each other if crated too much. My dogs are fine crated together during car rides as they usually just lay down and sleep, but I would never crate them together otherwise.
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Question about feeding my diabetic cat.?
My 15 year old cat was diagnosed with diabetes 2 months ago and today he went into insulin shock and is at the Vet in a coma. The Vet says the cat didn't eat enough. If he comes out of it, any suggestions from other diabetic pet owners about making sure your pet actually eats enough (I have 2...
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My cat also was diabetic; we fed it a high protein wet food we bought at the vet's office (cannot remember the name right now). We fed it to him in our bedroom w/the door shut so the other cats wouldn't eat it.
The above suggestion for insulin shock is good (honey; sugar water works too) but our vet said you merely have to rub it into the cat's gums; it gets absorbed into the bloodstream w/o the cat actually having to ingest it via its throat.
BTW it sounds kinda sketchy that the vet said he didn't eat enough. Many diabetic cats appear to have not eaten much because they burn the fat so fast; merely eating more will not solve the problem as more food will just continue to whack up their body chemistry. The right balance of insulin will allow it to keep weight on. Make sure your vet has 1/2 a brain; many don't.
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I have an 18 year old diabetic cat. She was diagnosed 5 years ago. You will have a mix of times when you have to figure out what your cat will eat. You will need to watch him and the eating pattern he follows. Always make sure they eat when you give the insulin. Get some Keto-diastix. You can buy them at any pharmacy - not just ketostix but the keto-diastix. They are made for people but you can use them with cats - they are not the most accurate but they can give you an idea of where their glucose has been (they are used to check urine). Keep a ready supply of treats and if you are worried your cat hasn't eaten - give him some. Also - VERY IMPORTANT - keep Karo Syrup on hand. If you see him acting weird again like going in circles, very disoriented, abnormally lethargic - take a little on your finger and rub it on his gums. It sends a high amount of sugar almost directly in their blood stream. Try to get him to eat what ever treats, cold cuts, wet food, etc you can. My cat has had low blood sugar a couple of times and we about lost her. Always keep dry food (purina dm is what my cat eats) out in the open and in an area he goes. I hope your cat comes out of the coma - hope this helps.
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Originally Answered: Question for those against raw feeding?
Too many people rely on old wives tales, what they've 'heard' from others,or try to compare dogs and humans when it comes to diet. The breeder I got my dogs from only feeds raw and has done so for many, many years. I agreed to follow her lead. Was I nervous giving that first piece of raw chicken, bones and all? Sure was. But for me it was absolutely the right thing to do. I answer questions when asked but would never try to force my way on someone else. I've had shocked looks and remarks when people see my what my dogs are eating but don't let it bother me. I respect the fact that they aren't comfortable with it and choose to feed kibble (although I do gently try to encourage them to use a quality food). Heck, I'll admit I used to feed my dogs Iams before someone educated me about it. Oh horrors!!
So the moral is, folks-keep an open mind, do some research, and if it's not right for you, don't do it. But please don't blindly criticize those who choose to feed raw.