If you recently found out that your cat is suffering from Diabetes do not panic!
Diabetes is one of the most commons illnesses among felines, and there are a lot of steps you can take to make their quality of life better.
Today we are giving you five tips to help a cat that is suffering from diabetes.
1- Keep an eye on their diet: Like in humans, diabetes in cats can be improved or worsened by what they are eating.
Most veterinarians would recommend a high protein, low carbs diet.
It's important to note that there aren't any cat food brands that offer ow carbs, so try to avoid these.
2- Be prepared for the expenses: Caring for a cat with feline diabetes means you’ll need supplies: syringes, test strips and batteries for your glucometer, insulin, and so on.
Pet health insurance doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions, so if your cat is diabetic when you adopt her, you’ll need to be ready financially if she has a health crisis.
A diabetic cat needs to be fed regularly, even if you’re going away for just an overnight trip, you need to make arrangements for your cat to be fed and monitored.
3- Insulin: If your diabetic cat needs insulin, you will need to give it by injection.
The good news is that cats have a lot of loose skin between and around their shoulders, and this is the ideal location for giving shots.
Your vet will show you how to do this, and videos of this procedure are also available online if you need a refresher.
4- Home testing: Cats with diabetes need to have their blood glucose tested regularly.
You can do this at home with a standard glucometer and testing strips that you can buy in a drugstore. Record your cat’s blood glucose level, along with the date and time, after each test.
Your vet can tell you how often you should test your cat. You can find step-by-step home-testing instructions and videos online to see how to do it.
5-- Talk to your vet: Your cat will probably need more frequent examinations, particularly as her insulin dosage it's stabilized, and you’ll want to send records of your cat’s home-test blood glucose levels to your vet so they can become part of your kitty’s records.
You’ll also need prescriptions from your vet to buy your cat’s insulin and syringes.
We hope this helps you adapt to your new routine with your feline baby.