New diabetic cat Caretaker

Discussion in 'Welcome to the Group - Post an Introduction Here' started by krazy4kritters, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. krazy4kritters

    krazy4kritters Member

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    My cat Diamond was diagnosed yesterday as diabetic. He is currently at the vet so they could test his urine for sugar. I get to pick him up this afternoon. They will go over giving the insulin to him. I haven't decided which insulin would be best. I brought up home testing. I'm afraid I won't get adequate support or info on doing that. I'm sure they are going to push some crap prescription diet.

    I've never been able to get good advise on how to get my big boy to loose weight. He is currently 23 pounds (down from 27). He is a very big guy and should probably be around 18 pounds. I just put everyone on a strictly canned diet. I'm concerned with him loosing weight to fast and managing his diabetes. I'm glad I found this sight. Looking forward to digging in and gaining some knowledge.
     
  2. Sharon14

    Sharon14 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! Many vets don’t support home testing, but you don’t need their permission to do it. We will help you learn how and what the numbers mean. Come to the Main Health forum and let us know what your vet says and ask any questions you have.
     
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  3. Myagi and Heidi

    Myagi and Heidi Well-Known Member

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  4. Veronica & Babu-chiri

    Veronica & Babu-chiri Well-Known Member

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    Welcome!!

    Don't worry about the testing, as Sharon said we will help you with that and you will be doing it at home so you don't need permision from your vet to do it.

    Just changing your kitties to wet food will probably help them lose some weight (mines did ) which will be an extra benefit, it doesn't have to be a prescription diet you just have to make sure the canned food you are giving is low carb, this is a link of Dr. Lisa's list where you can check if the one you are giving is ok ( it will be ok if is 10% or less in carbs ) or find one that suits you that is
    http://catinfo.org/docs/CatFoodProteinFatCarbPhosphorusChart.pdf
    Post any questions you have in the Main Health fourm where there are a lot more people
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2018
  5. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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  6. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Welcome!!!
     
  7. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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  8. Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith Member

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    Welcome to you and Diamond!
     

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