Diagnosis of diabetes is made by a simple blood test that measures your cat’s blood sugar level. If your cat is drinking and urinating excessive, Dr. Anna Coffin recommends getting into your veterinarian immediately. The sooner that you start treatment for your diabetic cat, the faster that diabetes will be controlled. In fact, some cats are given a specific kind of insulin, and the proper diet has gone into remission. Cats left untreated for a longer period can develop complications to diabetes, some being life threatening.
Feed your diabetic cat the proper diet
Feeding your diabetic cat a high protein, low carbohydrate prescription diets such as Purina DM or Science Diet m/d will help control your cat’s blood sugar and, therefore, help control diabetes faster. Feeding the canned formula of these diets is even better because the canned version has fewer carbohydrates than the dry. If your cat will not eat either of these diets or cost prohibits you from feeding these diets, many canned over-the-counter diets are relatively low in carbohydrate content.
Make the insulin injection a pleasant experience
Unfortunately, treatment of diabetes involves an injection of insulin once or twice daily, depending on the type of insulin used. Thankfully, the needles on insulin syringes are very small in size but getting pricked by a needle can still be an unpleasant experience. Dr. Anna Coffin advices giving your diabetic cat it’s injection while it has a pleasurable activity. This activity will be different for every cat and may include eating, being brushed or being petted. Dr. Anna Coffin recommends giving the injection when your cat is close to finishing their meal. Care should also be taken where the injection is given. Do not injection insulin in the neck or scruff area because it has been proven to not absorb properly from this spot. Also, don’t give the injection in the same spot each time as inflammation can develop which can then decrease absorption.
November is National Pet Diabetes Month so please help us spread the word about this disease.