Insulin and Diabetes

Some diabetic cats need insulin to control their disease. In some instances, injections are necessary.

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

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All Type I (insulin-dependent) and some Type II (noninsulin-dependent) diabetics will require insulin administration in order to return to good health. Insulin derived from beef and pork sources are considered best for cats because the sequence of amino acids in insulin is closest between cats and cows; this maximizes the insulin's effectiveness while minimizing the chance of the cat's immune system reacting to it.

Depending on the particular cat and type of insulin being used, injections will need to be given one to two times every day. Most cats will require two injections daily for good control, rarely a cat may require three injections. Small syringes and needles are used and most cats hardly notice the shots; many owners who initially insisted they "could never give their cat shots" are amazed with their quickly acquired abilities.

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janet    bethlehem, PA

8/27/2010 4:23:03 AM

good article thanks

Elizabeth    Portland, OR

3/20/2007 11:23:30 PM

My cat was diagnosed Februaury '07 with diabetes. He is currently receiving 1.25 units of PZI twice a day. He was up to 3 units BID, but with diet control, his glucose readings have gone down. He is on a low carb/high protein canned food only diet. Cats are carnivores by nature. They do not require grains and carbs. Hometesting blood glucose is also key in controlling feline diabetes. Glucose testing done at a vets office is truly not an accurate reading due to the 'vet stress' that most pets feel. A true reading can be acquired at home, where the pet is comfortable and relaxed. I recommend all owners of diabetic cats look into hometesting. It is a valuable tool in learning to control feline diabetes. Through this, and the "catkins" diet, I hope my furbaby can be diet-controlled, and not need insulin in the future.

Thomasa    Jasper, IN

10/20/2006 11:02:07 AM

My cat Forrest was just diagnosed with diabetes type 1 with existing kidney failure. He has been seeing the vet for blood glucose levels every few days to determine the correct dosages for his insulin. He started at once a day, but is now taking shots twice a day. As a former nurse, I have no problem preparing the injections. It is really true that Forrest hardly notices that he is being injected. Presently, to keep his blood glucose under 500+, he requires 4U twice a day

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