Feeding the Diabetic Cat

Starting a New Food

Although you and your vet may decide on a suitable diet for your cat, a food must be palatable to your cat in order to be successful. Diabetic cats must not miss meals, and they must consistently eat the same type and amount of food every day for the best possible regulation. If your cat does not appear to like a new food, another option will be needed. If your cat has always eaten dry food, a transition to canned food can be challenging, but it can be done. There are several resources available to help with this transition.

Weight Loss and Diabetic Remission

The calorie needs of your cat are the next priority in successful diabetic management. Obesity is one of the most common feline health threats and is a major risk factor for the development of diabetes in cats. Your vet will help you determine your cat’s ideal body weight and estimate how many calories he should eat each day in order to lose weight slowly and safely.

Cats are unique in that many revert to a non-diabetic state after switching to an appropriate diet and starting insulin treatment. If you are not monitoring blood or urine glucose levels routinely, remission can go unnoticed and life-threatening hypoglycemia may occur. Speak to your veterinarian about the best time and way to monitor for remission in your cat.

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