A cat has recently been diagnosed with cat diabetes and its owner is worried about the costs of treatment and whether the cat will be comfortable during treatment. She is looking for help and does not want to have the cat put down.
“Our family cat (male, 12 years), has today been diagnosed with diabetes. We were told a treatment course that consists of prescription foods and insulin shots, I have done a bit of research and have found numerous articles stating that dry cat food is high in Carbohydrates and this is a common cause as the cat does not feel “full” and will continuously eat and build up on the amount of carbohydrates. They also highly recommend to put your diabetic cat straight onto wet meaty high in protein low in Carbs cat food. Will this work in easing my cats condition? Will he be more comfortable? The insulin shots are expensive, $80 per vile, and the food is also.”
She is right. Dry food is very high in carbohydrates and some contain vegetable protein which is not the same as animal protein. You see cats have evolved over millions of years to eat animal protein. In the wild cats tend to eat small rodents and fish and mammals. What’s more they will eat these whole including the skeleton. Cats have only been domesticated for a few hundred years which is miniscule in evolutionary terms and need to stick to their natural diet as much as possible.
So we would be very very wary of giving any dry food to a diabetic cat. Look for a wet food that is very high in protein and very low in carbohydrate. But be careful as some wet foods can contain high carbohydrate gravies.
Unfortunately if blood sugar levels are unacceptably high when the cat is first diagnosed then diabetic shots may be necessary and it is sometimes best to look for a long lasting insulin. We also recommend that home testing be carried out to ensure that the correct dose of insulin is being administered. This will also save costs and reduce vet visits.
In many cases by changing diet and encouraging the cat to exercise more can quickly lead to remission. Furthermore whilst the cat is under treatment there is no reason why the cat should not lead a normal and comfortable life, so there is no need to consider euthanasia. So if you are worried about the costs of treatment, by following our advice the costs can be kept to a minimum and hopefully soon disappear altogether as the cat goes into full remission.