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How to feed your diabetic cat

I'm worth the extra effort
I'm worth the extra effort
Karla Kirby

Diet is an essential feature of treatment for feline diabetes. Most cats respond well to a high-protein, low-carbohydrate cat food. In view of the fact that dry cat foods are high in carbohydrates, canned cat food is the suggested feeding choice. For many cats, a change in diet is all that is necessary for remission of their diabetes. In other cats, the amount of insulin mandatory will decrease radically because of dietary change.

You will need to purchase canned cat food that has less than 1-T of calories from carbohydrates.

Gradually changeover to canned food if you, at present, feed dry food to the cat: Mix the canned food with the cat's existing dry food over a course of seven to 10 days. Slowly but surely increase the amount of canned food while decreasing the amount of dry food.

Establish how much canned food to give the feline each day by carefully reading the feeding instructions on the label of the canned food.

Feed the cat half of the suggested daily amount at a consistently timed morning meal.

Feed the cat the remaining half of the daily amount at a consistently timed evening meal.

Provide the cat with lots of fresh water to drink throughout the entire day.

Keep in mind: Many diabetic cats respond to the dietary change without delay and need significantly less insulin than before. Keep a close eye on glucose levels daily to put off hypoglycemic shock from insulin overdose

Take good care of your cat and he/she will be your close and intimate friend for years. It is certainly worth every effort