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manage my cat's diabetes & pass on the knowledge I gain doing so


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Like previous posters to this item, I am going to mark this done, as Tiger’s pretty well managed at this point, doing well, and I haven’t really learned much new lately about it. It seems to me that the most important part is just paying attention to him—watching for behavior changes and making sure he gets his food and his shots when he’s supposed to. 6 years ago


Tiger’s blood sugar keeps changing wildly, day to day. I can’t figure out if he’s found something to eat when I’m not around, or what – I can’t imagine what he could possibly be gettng into, since his food is kept in a tupperware bin and he can’t get the lid off, and the rest of the bag is kept out on the back porch, and really there’s no “people food” he could get into, and Kiyoshi’s food is up too high for Tiger to jump. Still, there’s not much reason for it to be 300 Tuesday and off the scale (600+) this morning. Argh.

Thank goodness I bought the home glucometer. I don’t know what would happen if I wasn’t able to check on his blood sugar regularly. Also, he seems to be getting used to it—he pretty clearly doesn’t like it, but I don’t have to wrap him up in a towel anymore; he just sits on my lap and puts up a token struggle while I use the lancet on his ear to get a blood sample. I hope I can get this back under control soon. 7 years ago


I think I’m about as frustrated as my cat.

He’s urinating outside of the box with some regularity, and since he’s not drinking as much water as he was originally, I’m pretty sure it’s just behavioral. I actually think it’s because he’s mad at me – he has a history of destroying things when he’s angry at me, knocking things off of tables and breaking them, shredding papers, etc., often while looking directly at me. Today he peed on Kiyoshi’s cat bed (which is the second time I’ve seen him do so, so I’m sure Kiyoshi will never use it again, despite my cleaning it) while staring at me, in the lag time between when he gets his medicine and when I can feed him (30 minutes). I think he’s just very angry about the reduced food availability situation – instead of being allowed to graze, he only gets small portions of food when I’m around to supervise. (It doesn’t help that Kiyoshi steals Tiger’s prescription food, so I can’t leave out even a full portion of the nightly meal, because Tiger only eats about 1/3 of it at a time).

I’m at my wit’s end with the peeing. He peed all over my bedroom closet and it was foul, and I keep cleaning it up but… I had gotten it cleaned up and bought a new (cheapie) rug to cover it up in the hopes that that would cover up any remaining smell enough such that he wouldn’t go back, but that backfired, as he not only continued peeing there, but it soaked straight through the rug so it was unnoticeable to see (only smell) but the carpeting underneath was literally soggy. I’m so, so, so indescribably tired of cleaning up cat piss. I’m about to buy a kennel/cage to put him in for when I can’t supervise him. This is depressing. 7 years ago

tygabHe is doing well.

Truth is, he has been doing better for months and I haven’t “learned” anything new to share recently. He is diet regulated at this point. All I can say is it is wonderful to see him happy and healthy again. We monitor him mostly by mood and general behavior.

So, I am marking this done. Should anyone come across this and want to know more, I’ll be happy to share what worked for us. 8 years ago


My cat has had diabetes for 3 years now and is doing well.It tokk a while to get him regulated and a longer time for me to have confidence in treating him.websites I found really useful are -I still post here almost daily
they are full of info and support. wishing you both well 8 years ago

tygabCat nutrition is critical.

If you have a cat, PLEASE consider feeding them canned foods instead of dry, and finding out what is IN their food – this means doing a little bit of research, but it is not difficult.

Cats should be eating mostly meat and fats, not carbs which almost all dry foods have in too high a ratio. I was feeding my two cats a good, name brand dry food. I now believe it contributed to my older cat’s getting diabetes, and maybe has predisposed my younger cat to it. Luckily we caught the disease before major organ damage had been done (such as the kidneys).

Here are some links that will explain it better than I could.

On the above, take a careful look at how the “diet” foods are formulated. They are NOT less carbs.

I doubt it would prevent all cats from getting diabetes, but it certainly would reduce the chances.

It’s not impossible to treat, but it is very costly initially (usually because some chronic or urgent health problem has emerged as a side effect of the diabetes).

Treatment requires very diligent attention to the blood sugar levels, insulin shots, and a lot of trial with hopefully little error. Though many cats will go on to be quite healthy after getting the blood sugars understood and predictable, it is a care condition that remains with the cat for the rest of it’s life and is work to keep in balance.

Be informed. Our pets give us immeasurable joy, and rely upon us to do what is right for them. 8 years ago

tygabmy cat was diagnosed with diabetes today...

I am still doing my crash course education on what I can do to take care of him now that I know this. Fortunately there are many good online resources I can absorb.

Some things learned so far:

-Learn what is in your cat food & find one with a high protein low carb content. This should be for all cat owners…
Most dry cat foods are very high in carbohydrates. Consider this – would you feed your cat (regularly) potatos, bread, etc? I used to give him cracker bits as treats but I didn’t think he was getting a lot of that in his regular food. We were feeding a high end cat food also but it appears to be a common trait of dry foods. Cats should be eating mostly meat. Yet a lot of foods have very low percentages of protein. Canned foods are generally better.

-If your cat is drinking a lot of water, and eliminating a lot this is a common sign.

-Another common sign is weakness in the hind legs, trouble walking, and is called neuropathy. This is actually what we saw first and why we went to the vet.

-cats also commonly lose weight when they become diabetic. They can’t digest their sugar and so the body pulls nutrients out of other internal sources. Cats with this condition maintain a strong appetite so that is not an indicator. This is true of our cat – he was eating all the time but lost weight. We didn’t observe the weight loss because he has always been a heavy cat.

-if your cat does not want to play or move any more than necessary, is generally lethargic, that might be another sign

-the general treatment consists of blood sugar monitoring, insulin injections, and dietary changes.

I will write more later. 8 years ago

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