Raw feeding and hypo situations - Teach me please

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Squeaky and KT (GA), Feb 17, 2018.

  1. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Hi All!

    I've never fed a raw diet and have had someone ask me something I don't know enough to answer. That's now a challenge... :)

    Kitty is diabetic and fed a raw diet. Owner is very against using anything BUT raw such as canned foods of any kind. I THINK a raw diet is basically carb free (???). What should be used to bring up low numbers along with quick simple sugars like karo or honey? Unless a drastic low, I use a bit of Karo and regular low carb food.

    Please teach me!
  2. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    I fed either corn syrup or some canned/pouches of wet if Neko went low. Raw diets can vary in carbs, depending on added veggies and type of protein. Neko's manufactured raw varied from 3-5% carbs. Who knew kangaroo was a higher carb meat? :p Honest Kitchen makes dehydrated raw that has potatoes in it. Can't remember which, but one of their Grace or Prowl is HC. I could never get it in small enough volume in Canada to be worth getting as HC. You can get canned/pouches HC that don't have wheat if that is an issue.
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  3. Mandy & Rex

    Mandy & Rex Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2017
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  4. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Thanks Wendy! That's higher than I figured it would be.

    Thanks Mandy! She won't give canned gravy thus my trying to learn the right solution...
  5. Stacy & Asia

    Stacy & Asia Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2017
    Karo, simple syrup, maple syrup, honey, any of those will work. I would feed some raw with it, either mixed in, or if the cat will just eat the sugar alone and follow up with raw food. I either use a wee bit of gravy and mix the Karo in, or just put the Karo in her mouth with an oral syringe. The important part is to have the real food along with the sugar, the sugar will bring the numbers up fast, but it will wear off quickly without real food behind it.

    You can easily mimic feeding different carb value foods by using raw food plus Karo or another sugar form as long as you reliably measure it with an oral syringe and keep track of how much does what so you can use it accordingly. I only use gravy because Asia will eat the gravy with Karo in it, she will not eat her raw food with Karo in it.
  6. Phoebes

    Phoebes Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2017
    Good question brought to mind. Good job.
  7. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    You probably don't recall that Gabby was sensitive to gluten which is very often a component of gravy-style foods. I would use Karo or honey to bump up her numbers. Any kind of syrup gives you a pretty big bang for the buck -- in other words you literally need a couple of drops to get numbers to rise. If the CG has a kitty with GI issues, it makes sense to avoid most canned foods. Any form of syrup can be added to raise numbers and I used it very effectively when I had Gabby on a raw diet.
  8. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2011

    So what I'm understanding, if she sees a low number, just use one of the simple sugars like Karo or Honey along with the raw she usually feeds. I just didn't know much of anything about raw feed and it's reactions.

    @Sienne and Gabby (GA) , since gluten was specifically mentioned, I suspect kitty may have that same issue.

    Thanks again!

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