How Do I Care for a Cat With Diabetes?

Blood Glucose Monitoring

Testing the level of glucose in your cat’s blood allows you to help ensure that he gets an appropriate amount of insulin. Blood glucose meters for home testing are inexpensive, small and easy to use. A tiny prick of the ear with a lancet produces a drop of blood that is placed on a testing strip and put into the meter, which then measures the amount of glucose in the blood. Give him a nice ear rub first to make sure the blood is flowing well. Good control of blood glucose levels, especially in the early stages when the disease is first diagnosed, makes for better management and may increase the chances of remission at some point.

Your Own Observations

Paying attention to how much your cat is eating, drinking and peeing in the litter box can help you keep tabs on how well he’s doing. Learn to recognize unusual behavior such as seeming weak or appearing “lost” in a corner, which can indicate hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Rub some corn syrup on his gums and get him to the veterinarian ASAP. With good management, though, you can expect many more happy years of companionship with your cat.

Veterinarians are experienced in helping cat owners learn to care for diabetic cats, so whenever you need help or have a question, check in with your cat's doctor!

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