(4) Diabetic cats can live long healthy, happy lives with treatment.
(5) There are relatively easy solutions to all your objections or fears about treating your diabetic cat.
A veterinarian will diagnose diabetes by examining the cat in conjunction with symptoms reported and noted. The veterinarian may also perform laboratory tests to detect sugar levels in the blood and urine. After diagnosis of feline diabetes, a veterinarian will recommend specific treatment to control the illness. The severity of the illness will determine the treatment. Severe diabetes may necessitate inpatient treatment with fluids and insulin injections. Less severe illness will usually involve dietary modifications. Generally, diabetic cats respond positively to a low-carbohydrate diet.
In a healthy cat, the pancreas produces insulin. Insulin serves to regulate glucose present in the bloodstream, delivering it to cells throughout the body. If insulin is not present in the required amounts or if the body is not managing it effectively, a cat's body may begin seeking energy from alternative sources. Fat and protein stored by the body will become sources of energy, which usually leads a cat to begin eating more but losing weight. The four main symptoms of feline diabetes include increased appetite, unexplained weight loss, increased urination, and increased thirst.
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Q: What is the goal of treatment? My goal for all of my diabetic patients is to restore the cat to its previous health without need for insulin. Other veterinarians may not attempt to achieve this goal, but my years of experience have taught me that more than 80% of all cats, especially new diabetics, can become normal again. Therefore, I do not treat my patients with the goal of just helping them “limp” along as ongoing diabetic cats. You may read elsewhere that only a lucky few cats, far less than the majority, ever become normal again. This is simply not true, a myth that is perpetuated by those with no experience in using a more advanced, and well proven method of reversing the processes of diabetes itself. Diabetic pet-owners have nothing to lose, except a chronically ill pet that will eventually die of its under-treated disease, by setting the goal of achieving normalcy in their pets. Dry kibble-like treats are NOT good for dental health. A cat's jaw and teeth are built to tear meat, not grind grains. Anyone telling you dry kibble promotes good dental health in cats isn't telling the truth! Here are some things to know about acceptable treats for diabetic cats; Q: Can I give oral medication instead of insulin? No, no forms of oral anti-hyperglycemics are useful in cats, and some may even make the disease worse. The best, most conservative approach is to treat aggressively, and early, to restore the patient to normal health. The only oral approach to feline diabetes that works is removing all high carbohydrate foods from the cat’s diet. As you will read in the protocol, this is the key to controlling and curing diabetes.Q: My cat has been off of insulin for several days, and I'm getting glucose readings in the 40s and 50s (2.2-3.3 mmol/L). Should I treat him for hypoglycemia? No! Your cat is actually at the normal level for the cat. What most people do not realize is that the cat IS NOT hypoglycemic at these levels of 50 or less. I have seen many normal cats with these kinds of numbers when they are tested at home without the excitement of being at the veterinary hospital. In fact, numbers well below 100 are absolutely normal for the diabetic as well as the non-diabetic. I cannot over-emphasize this point. Those who believe that a cat is having a “hypo” when blood glucose numbers fall below 100 are in error.