By Tammy Washburn, LVT
Feline Diabetes affects ¼ million cats each year and treating them can be challenging. Most cats will need to be on insulin twice a day and a specific food for the rest of their life. Routine
Diabetic cats will need to be on a low carbohydrate, high protein or high fiber diet. This type of diet is digested slowly and helps to maintain lower blood glucose levels. Because diabetics are prone to obesity it is important to control the portions of food given. Some of the diabetic diets available are Hills M/D, W/D or Purina DM. In rare cases some cats can be maintained on diet alone.
Along with a controlled diets most cats will need to be on insulin twice a day for the rest of their life. Insulin helps to lower blood glucose concentrations. It is important that cats eat before giving insulin to prevent the glucose levels from dropping too low. Feeding and insulin injections should be given at about the same time each day. We recommend keeping Karo Syrup on hand in case their glucose level drops too low. If this occurs you may notice you cat acting sleepy or stumbling when it walks. Whenever there is a question as to if insulin should be given or how much never hesitate to Central Kentucky Veterinary Center 502-863-0868.
Glucose checks need to be done periodically throughout the year to make sure the appropriate dose of insulin is being given. If you notice your cat is losing weight, drinking more water, or acting lethargic give us a call. The glucose level may be too high or too low.
Not all insulin or syringes are equal. Always check with your veterinarian.