Dry food For Diabetic Cats?
Is there a good dry food for diabetic cats asks a reader. He says that he has cured his diabetic cat by feeding it a high protein low carbohydrate canned food for several years and although it is cheaper than any other high protein food he is looking for a good dry food suitable for diabetic cats.
“I’ve “cured” my cat’s symptoms of diabetes by feeding him the highest protein lowest carb canned food I can find (Fancy Feast Classics) for several years, but although it’s cheaper than any other high protein food, I’d like to see if he can handle some dry food. What brand of dry cat food is formulated for diabetic cats?”
Here is a reply:-
“The correct answer to this question was actually that there is NO dry food appropriate for diabetic cats”.
Someone else mentioned that Purina DM may be suitable. The DM stands for Diatetic Management. We haven’t come across this food before and so cannot comment. But researching we found references to a canned and dry version.
Here are the ingredients:-
Poultry by-product meal, soy protein isolate, corn gluten meal, soy flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn starch, animal liver flavor, calcium carbonate, phosphoric acid, fish oil, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine, choline chloride, taurine, powdered cellulose, salt, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. L-4574
Liver, poultry by-products, meat by-products, water sufficient for processing, chicken, salmon, oat fiber, salmon meal, guar gum, potassium chloride, carrageenan, salt, Vitamin E supplement, calcium phosphate, taurine, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, potassium iodide. I-4573
Ingredients (Savory Selects™ Canned)
Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, soy flour, artificial and natural flavors, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, salt, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, added color, zinc sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochhloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, potassium iodide.”
Nowhere in the above does it tell us the percentage of protein or carbohydrate?! And in the dry version we certainly do not like the sound of these, ‘soy protein isolate, corn gluten meal, soy flour’. We would be very very wary of giving a cat any dry food. However the world is full of surprises and maybe a dry food for diabetic cats that truly addresses the cats needs may one day be formulated, however at the moment we believe that the cat diabetes epidemic is for the main due to dry cat food, so stay away from it.