Both prescription canned foods made for diabetic cats and regular brand foods are effective
I have a 10 year old German Shepherd who has SIBO. Consequently, I’ve been experimenting with his diet his entire life. When one of my cats became diabetic 2 yrs ago, I began experimenting on her, too. Diabetes in humans can be controlled and even eliminated in humans through low carb/no grains diet. Ditto for cats. I make moist food weekly for my 3 cats and 4 dogs – canned tuna, chicken livers, chicken breast, and half a doz scrambled eggs combined in the food processor. They all love it. They all still get dry food, but with the cats the dry is a supplement, not their main food. Their poop is much smaller since they’re not eating worthless fiber/filler. And my 16 yr old morbidly obese cat is becoming a more normal sized cat. I also give the cats NaturVet Digestive Enzymes which I bought on Amazon originally for my German Shepherd. It has almost completely eliminated coughed up fur balls. Finally, I’ve recently started them all on Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Again, my German Shepherd was sick; he was urinating blood. I found on the internet that ACV is a home remedy for bladder infections. I gave it to him around noon in his food, and by bedtime his urine was clear. It was like magic, and no one was more surprised than I was. I’ve had cats for 50 years, and they always seem to have bladder/kidney problems. So now I give a quarter tsp to my cats every day in their moist food as a preventative. I have CKD, and it seems to help me, too.
Hi again. 🙂 I hope you are well. My diabetic cat has stopped eating his wet food. I know dry isn’t as good but really wanted to see if the dry brand that is he same as the wet would be ok. He will eat this. The ingredients are turkey meal, peas, tapioca, canola oil, turkey, natural flavors & so on. I can send you the full list of that helps. It’s Natures Variety Instinct Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Tuekey Meal Firmula. Thanks!!!
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1) First and foremost, always choose a canned, pouched, or raw meat diet for your cat. No type, brand or variety of dry food is acceptable for any cat, but especially not for any diabetic cat!! This includes every single food that is labeled as for diabetics (such as Hills m/d dry, Purina DM dry and Innova Evo dry). I CANNOT emphasize this point enough. I have had several clients whose diabetic cats have been released from their dependence on insulin who subsequently relapsed because their people believed what they read on a bag of dry cat food. There is simply NO dry cat food, and there likely never will be any dry cat food that will be an appropriate food for diabetic cats!Finding appropriate low carb wet foods in the UK can be a challenge as manufacturers keep switching up ingredients, some even including sugar! Please visit the Food Info section of the TR College of Knowledge (COK) to help assist you when calculating carbs based on dry matter for wet foods appropriate for diabetic cats. The downloadable Carb Calculation tool is available.
Wet cat food with a lower than 10% carbohydrate count based on dry matter (which is not indicated on the label) is best for cats with FD and is required when practicing TR. Avoid foods containing grains such as rice, wheat and corn, glutens, starches, sugars and syrups, gravies and those containing vegetables and fruits. Foods containing soy and/or ‘vegetable protein extract’ can raise the BG even if the percentage of calories from carbohydrates is below 10%. These species inappropriate ingredients can render the liver useless to do its job of protecting the brain in the event of low BG, potentially resulting in clinical hypo and are not at all recommended for cats when starting TR as explained in sticky.
Your vet may have prescribed Purina DM (Diabetes Management) prescription food. While lower in carbs than most tinned cat foods (a reformulation of the recipe has brought the dry matter carb content under 8%) it contains corn starch and is very expensive; it is an acceptable canned food for an FD cat on TR.
Before switching a cat already receiving insulin to an all wet low carb diet, it is very important to read the to make sure your cat is transitioned from both high carb wet food and /or dry kibble to low carb wet food safely, avoiding a potential clinical hypo. To save you the challenge of scrambling to identify low carb wet foods currently available in the UK, the following list is provided. Ingredients are always being changed by the manufacturers, so it is recommended to double check the dry matter carb content of foods periodically.