Newly diagnosed with diabetic cat

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  1. Genni Kirk

    Genni Kirk New Member

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    Hi all,
    I am newly diagnosed with a diabetic kitty. His BS was 395. It will be a few days before the new food and insulin arrives. Please give me all the dietary advice to help him until then. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Nan & Amber (GA)

    Nan & Amber (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome!

    The general dietary advice for diabetic kitties is: low carb, preferably wet. If you're in the US, you can check out the very detailed chart of available foods made by Dr. Lisa Pierson, http://catinfo.org/docs/CatFoodProteinFatCarbPhosphorusChart.pdf

    What you're looking for is foods under 10% carbs. A lot of us feed Fancy Feast or Friskies pates as an affordable option, but there are lots of others to choose from.

    One caution: you want to be very very careful about switching from high to low carb food if you have already started insulin. Often, there is a dramatic decrease in insulin needs, and it can be dangerous to do the switch without monitoring blood glucose changes. Most of us here home-test BG, and we have lots of tips to help you get started with that if you're willing.

    I'd also be a little cautious about insulin if the diabetes diagnosis was based on a single BG number at the vet. Cats are often pretty stressed at the vet, and that can raise BG. Did they do a fructosamine test as well, or were there other symptoms of diabetes (drinking and eating a lot, losing weight, peeing excessively)?

    Last questions, what kind of insulin was prescribed? What dose is he on?

    Glad you're here with us, welcome again!
     
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  3. SweetAngel

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    Hi Genni,
    I agree with the home testing, it really gives the best chance of getting your cat into remission. I nearly gave up so many times with home testing especially if it took me ages to get a useable blood sample, but I always gave Angel a treat afterwards. x
     
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  4. Genni Kirk

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  5. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! I just wanted to assure you that diabetes is not a death sentence and they can live long healthy lives with it. We are here to help you.
     
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  6. Genni Kirk

    Genni Kirk New Member

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    Thank you.
     
  7. Genni Kirk

    Genni Kirk New Member

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    Question for all. What is the best easiest meter? And how often do you typically test?
     
  8. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Most here use the relion prime from w Walmart because the strips are very affordable. I like the alpha meter because it's the same numbers as my vet and take a really small sample size. Strips are pricy though.

    I test before the morning shot, while I'm working from home once mid cycle test, before the pm shot, and a before bed test about 3-4 hours after the shot. If you work during the week get extra readings on the weekend and days off.
     
  9. Genni Kirk

    Genni Kirk New Member

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    Thank you JanetNJ. Will look into both of those. And thank you for the other information.
     
  10. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome. I have a video in my signature showing how I test my cat CC at home
     
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  11. Genni Kirk

    Genni Kirk New Member

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    Ok all advice experience needed. Loki is not tolerating me testing him. He cannot fight me off currently, but I do not like stressing him out worse. Any extra advice? I have been trying to prepare him for testing by handling his face ears feet etc while I was waiting for the supplies to arrive. But he has "tried" to fight me the entire time I have tested him today. I worry that the readings won't be accurate if he isn't calm :(
     
  12. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Do you give a treat for testing? You can also scrape the drop onto your nail and test from there
     
  13. Genni Kirk

    Genni Kirk New Member

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    JanetNJ I am giving treats and love. But he is still struggling against me when I try to get a sample. So far today I haven't even been able to get a single drop of blood to test.
     
  14. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    I feel for you. My cat is super cool about it thank God, but a few of my cats would be super difficult to test. One is five and just started letting me pet her. What size lancet are you using?
     
  15. Genni Kirk

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    Loki is very chill but is not liking me messing with his ears. I believe the lancets are 28g
     
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