Managing Diabetes

Changes in your cat's diet can help you manage your pet's diabetes.

Posted: Tue Dec 17 00:00:00 PST 2002

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The main goals in treating diabetes mellitus are to eliminate contributing diseases, resolve any secondary problems caused by diabetes mellitus and establish acceptable blood sugar levels.

Any bacterial infections need to be eliminated, including cystitis and dental disease. Diabetes mellitus may cause or worsen these infections, which may also contribute to ongoing pancreatic inflammation and damage. Most diabetic cats should undergo several weeks of broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy and have a dental cleaning as soon as their health is stable. Other hormonal disease should be treated as necessary.

The most important underlying conditions to address are obesity and poor nutrition. Many obese diabetic cats will become non-diabetic with proper weight loss and diet. Those that still require insulin will usually be easier to regulate.

At one time, diets high in fiber were considered ideal for diabetic cats. But today, diets with higher protein and lower carbohydrate levels are best for managing cats with diabetes, as long as the cat doesn't also have kindey disease.

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janet    bethlehem, PA

8/26/2010 8:54:46 AM

good article thanks

Cecilia    Lexington, KY

5/5/2010 7:32:26 PM

more current research has determined the diet of a diabetic cat should be high protein low carb, since in the wild a cat would be eating high protein.

AJ    Windsor, CT

10/31/2006 6:11:26 PM

My cat was a very obese fellow and lost a whole lot of weight and even though now he has been diagnosed and treatment started with insulin he still does not gain any of the weight back. He should not be that heavy but he still continues to loose some weight even though his glucose curves show good control and fructosamine was good too since hes been on treatment. He is exceptionally finicky now! Any ideas on how to get him to gain at least some weight back?

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