Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by kittycat, Aug 10, 2012.
hello, what is the best canned cat u can feed a diabetic cat??
There are a TON of choices in all different price ranges and degrees of quality, so the best food is something that is 1. Low in carbs, 2. Something that the cat likes, and 3. You can afford.
Here's a link to the cat food nutrition charts: http://www.felinediabetes.com/diabetic-cat-diets.htm. There is also this premium food chart, and Hobo's food chart. You just need something less than 10% carbs (but preferably less than 8%).
Grain free Fancy Feast flavors are all low carb and pretty popular here because they are easy to find and most cats love them. Low carb premium foods like Wellness, Merrick's, EVO, and low carb grocery store brands like Special Kitty, Friskies, and Grreat Choice (Petsmart), are also pretty popular.
Whatever brand your cat will eat, you can afford, and can find in the local stores :smile: There is no "best" brand to feed. Price and quality of the food doesn't make a difference to a cat as long as the carb content is under 10%. A diabetic cat can do well on Fancy Feast just as another cat does well on Innova EVO. Julia has already given you the links to the food charts we use.
Limit seafood to once in awhile meals. Some cats get addicted to eating seafood and won't eat anything else. Seafood is pretty low in protein as well. Anything in gravy/sauce should not be fed because those are too high in carbs. The only time you would need to feed gravy food is if your cat is hypoglycemic.
Here's my cats favorites with their carb values. Diabetic cats need less than 10% but 5 % is better.
This list is helpful while you search out other food possibilities on the binky, and hobo lists.
They come off of those lists.
Try to choose as many chicken or turkey flavors and limit the seafood and also limit the beef and liver. You can still give them some but
don't let them be the dominant choice.
Mine go nuts for Wellness Turkey and Salmon and the Buffalo Blue Duck flavor. Since I have two picky cats, I have tried just about every can of cat food available in 4 different stores just to come up with 7 varieties they will both eat. Can anyone explain to me why cats will happily eat the same dry food every meal for 8 years, but feed them the same wet food 3 meals in a row and they turn their noses up?? confused_cat
it's the powdery coating on the dry. I can't remember what it is exactly but it's something that really entices cats.
probably the equivalent of sugar for beans.
We are addicted to sugar.
I know I am.
Didn't I see a piece of candy over.....?
Most companies use animal digest to coat the kibble with.
I know that Nature's Variety uses something called "bio-coating" which is basically a mix of freeze dried raw and fatty acids to coat their dry foods.
FortiFlora is basically animal digest and is great to use to entice a cat to eat canned food.
What can I give wet food with sauce for cat's sugar ? In addition to purine d / m
My Kicia dont like pate.
Purina Pro Plan True Nature makes three varieties in "sauce" that are about 6% carbs - Chicken & Salmon in Sauce, Ocean Whitefish & Trout in Sauce, and Salmon & Catfish in Sauce. They also say that their Beef & Liver in Gravy is low carb, but I have never been brave enough to try it, lol.
My cat was diagnosed yesterday as a diabetic. My vet sold me Hills w/d as her new meal replacement so I bought a few cans for my cat to try. But after coming to this message board to learn everything I can to help my cat, I discovered that the carb intake should be less than 10% and the hills I was prescribed is 24%. Why would my vet recommend something so high in carbs? Should I look for a more knowledgable vet?
I am but I can't find that one! lol
Petco online has it, I think Chewy might, too.
ETA: If you try it, please let me know how it affects Maury's BG!
I will . He usually isn't effected much by the lower medium carb wet foods though, just a heads up
I have been giving Moses Fancy Feast Shrimp and Salmon Flaked and his levels have been better than ever
Any new updates for canned foods low in carb?
Delgado likes the Wellness Core that has less than 2carbs which is great but I am scared one day he will just suddenly stop eating it as they tend to do...
Yes, they do, Squallie stopped eating Fancy Feast and ProPlan...I have been using Nutro Soft Loaf lately, Squallie loves it and it's easy for him to eat. There are several flavors that are really low in carbs, and some of the Minced varieties are low, too.
@Squalliesmom Lucy, any idea on the phos levels in the Nutro?
Sharon, I don't know how it translates into actual amounts but the percentages listed in the analyses seem pretty high to me, anywhere between 2.5 to 3.2%. Most come in somewhere around the 3% mark; to me, that seems high. That's the only thing I don't like about the food - but Fancy Feast isn't any lower, so what do you do...?
ThanksS Del is fine with wellness core but he will want more variety eventually I am sure. I tried many others and found maybe one he is sort of okay with. So I appreciate anything new we haven't done yet. Just took his blood work mid cycle on proZ and it was 140...
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