Feline Diabetes Cat Health
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of Diabetes in Cats - a good starting point
Diabetes is not a death sentence! Learn what diabetes is, how it is treated, and tips and tricks from our users.
Diet is a critical and early step in treating Feline
Diabetes by Debra Zoran, DVM, Ph.D., DVACIM. A .pdf article from the December 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Introduction to Feline Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes can be overwhelming but you will want to know more. Read this comprehensive article to give you a technical overview.
Insulin and Injections
Learn how to properly administer insulin, the different varieties of insulin that are available, and the fine differences between PZI vartieties and humulins.
Testing Blood Glucose in Cats
your cat's BG levels is a very simple procedure. A simple
ear prick can help regulation of your cat and ensure that
hypoglycemia is avoided.
Extremely low blood sugar can be a threat to your cat. Learn how to recognize and treat hypoglycemia. Included is a link to a printable emergency reference sheet for treating hypoglycemia.
Too much pee, how to test pee, litter box hints. Cat urination can make us all crazy!
Neuropathy: Weak Back Legs
Many diabetic cats can no longer jump or even stand. Found out how to help your cat regain her strength.
Managing Feline Diabetes: Articles by veterinarians
- AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 2010; 46:215-224.
- Dosing protocol for cats on glargine or detemir using daily home monitoring of blood glucose
concentrations to adjust insulin dose by Roomp K and Rand JS, 2008. Glargine is also called Lantus and Detemir is also known as Levemir.
- Treatment of newly diagnosed diabetic cats with glargine insulin improves glycaemic control and results in higher probability of remission than protamine zinc and lente insulins
Marshall, R.D., J.S. Rand, and J.M. Morton. Glargine insulin is also known as Lantus.
- Update on Feline Diabetes Mellitus
by Claudia E. Reusch, DECVIM-CA, Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Zuerich, Zuerich. Presented at the World Small Animal Veterinary Conference, 2006.
- Protocol for Success in Managing, Even Curing, FelineDiabetes
Whether or not your cat can be "cured" vs. the diabetes going into remission has been debated on the Feline Diabetes Message Board. This article by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins discusses the treatment protocol she uses for her feline diabetic patients as published in 2004.
- Feline Diabetes: New Ways of Looking at an Old Enemy
An article by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins discusses her treatment protocol of tight regulation, as published in Veterinary Practice News, in 2008.
- Diabetes Mellitus: Update on Treatment and Monitoring
Reproduced by permission of Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM, Auburn University, December 2004. This professional article addresses DM in both cats and dogs and offers a number of references.
- Managing Feline Diabetes Mellitus
A brief article from Spring 2002 by Fiona McClure, BVSc MVSc DACVIM
- Insulin Glargine (Lantus) & high protein-low carb diet associated with high remission rates in diabetic cats
This abstract from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine discusses findings of treating newly diagnosed diabetic cats with glargine (aka Lantus) and a carbohydrate restricted diet. The study was quite small but intriguing.
- The 30th Annual Royal Canin/Ohio State University Symposium for the treatment of small animal diseases: Endocrinology
Multiple topics are covered, including concerns about feline diabetes.
Notes on lectures given by Deborah Greco DVM PhD ACVIM at the MVMA meeting in Telluride, CO in March 2005.
Medical Data from FDMBOver the years, various surveys and research have been conducted and results are available here.
often Concurrent with Feline Diabetes
The cat with diabetes may also have other health problems. Sometimes, it is these other conditions that lead to the initial
diagnosis of diabetes. Click here to learn about these problems, including:
- Renal (kidney) Failure
- Somogyi Effect
- Hepatic Lipidosis
- Cushing's Disease
Conversion Calculator - Convert between American and
Insulin Conversions - Convert
U-40 to U-100
Pet Sitter Instructions - Printable information sheet for your pet sitter.
Feline Body Mass Index (FBMI) - .pdf document giving instructions and a formula for determining if your cat's weight is appropriate.
Guide to Feline Body Condition - .pdf document with illustrations to determine the fitness level of your cat.
Mom... A reassuring letter from your diabetic kitty
Rainbow Bridge - the
story of "The
Feline Diabetes Poems
Electric Cat Water Fountains
Give your cat access to clean and fresh water with a fountain. Read our reviews and cleaning instructions. This site does not sell these fountains, so if info you want isn't on this page, please contact the manufacturer of your fountain.
Last updated January 2013.