Hearing your veterinarian say that your beloved cat has diabetes can be a shocking blow. As scary as it may seem, the good news is that feline diabetes can be easily managed and your fur baby can live a comfortable, happy and healthy life with the proper care.
Provide quality food and medication
Diabetic cats tend to do the best when eating a diet of cat food that is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates. Canned wet food is the ideal choice, but be sure to speak with your vet about food choices. Sometimes dry food can supplement the wet food in an effort to help keep their teeth clean.
Many cat parents are surprised when they find out that their cat can be given injections of insulin just like diabetics human take. Giving your cat insulin must be done under your vet’s care and on a regular timeline. Most insulin doses are given 12 hours apart and are injected into the scruff of the neck, causing no pain or anxiety to the cat.
Maintain Regular Vet Vists
It is important to have your diabetic cat checked regularly at the veterinarian’s office. Even if they seem to be feeling and acting fine, well visits with routine blood work are still advised. If it becomes necessary to switch veterinary offices, be sure to obtain your cat’s full records to show when they were diagnosed and what their blood test results have been since their diagnosis.
Watch for Signs of High or Low Blood Sugar
Cats aren’t able to tell us when they’re not feeling well, so we need to become tuned into to warning signs that their sugar levels may be out of balance. If your cat begins to act confused, seems to want to eat more often than normal, is drinking excessively or just otherwise is acting out of the ordinary, take them in to be checked. A simple adjustment of their insulin levels or the amount of food they are given each day is often all it takes to help your kitty feel their best.