Diabetes in Cats

Nutrition for Cats
with Diabetes

Healthy Food Choices

Diet is an important part of good diabetes control. Healthy food provides nutrients while minimising fluctuations in glucose. Good nutrition can come in various ways:

Prescription Diets – These are specially formulated for the management of cats with diabetes. They can be particularly useful for helping with weight loss. Most of these diets are low in carbohydrates. Ask your veterinary practice about the best choices for your cat.

Non‐prescription Diets – Diabetes is generally better controlled in cats on special diabetic prescription diets. However in some circumstances cats may stay on their normal diet. It is much easier to manage diabetes if a food with complete nutrition is used.

Water Consumption – Clean drinking water should be available at all times. A reduction in excessive water consumption is an indicator of successful management of diabetes.

Tips for a Healthy Diet

No matter which diet option you choose, follow these basic rules for diabetes control:

Consistently feed your cat the same amount of food at the same times each day to avoid unnecessary fluctuations in blood glucose. If your cat prefers to graze during the day this is fine, but continue to give equal amounts of food at set times of the day.

Choose foods with a high-quality protein source that is also highly digestible (eg, meat or eggs rather than soybean or corn gluten).

Work with your veterinary practice to find the correct calorific value to help your cat achieve optimal weight.

Choose a diet low in carbohydrates if possible to help avoid further complications.

“My new diet has been the best—my pet
owners found a new, tasty food for me that
keeps me feeling happy and well.”

Importance of an Ideal Body Weight

Achieving your cat’s ideal body weight is best for diabetes management. Underweight cats should avoid high carbohydrates to best manage diabetes.

Overweight cats can have insulin resistance, which may lead to higher doses being required. With weight loss, your cat may develop lower insulin requirements. Your vet can help you calculate the ideal body weight and food requirements if your cat needs to lose weight, as well as advise on future adjustments in insulin dosage.

Tracking Results

Recording your cat’s results is important to properly manage care.

Tracking Tools & Resources

1. Pet Diabetes Tracker app
Review and keep important information to manage diabetes.

2. Blood Glucose Curve Tool
Review and keep important information to manage diabetes.

3. Helpful Downloads
Additional resources to understand and manage cat diabetes.

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