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Q: My cat just diagnosed with Diabetes - What next?

January 22, 2009 | By Rinthea S. | 5 answers | Expired: 2086 days ago

My cat just diagnosed with Diabetes - What next?

My 6 year old cat began losing weight rapidly. I got her to the vet today and her glucose level was 395 - normal is 75-150 so we started her on insulin tonight. I know nothing about diabetes in cats so I have a lot of reading to do on the web. If anyone has a good site to get me started it would be appreciated as my time is very limited as the director of an animal sanctuary...

For now I would love feedback from other families with diabetic cats as to what foods they have found that their cat likes. I know they are all prescription but the vet today said their is one made by Purina and one by Science Diet. They wanted her to go one week on just insulin, recheck then discuss food options.

Also where can I get the needles cheaply?

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InZeee
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Jan 22, 2009

So sorry to hear of your cats diabetes. I don't have experience with a cat but I have a dog that was diagnosed with diabetes last April. I buy the needles at either Walmart or Giant Eagle. You may want to price local pharmacies. The insulin was $32 a bottle for HumilinN and it recently increased to $38 and they told me the price will go up again. How long a bottle will last will depend on how many units your cat will need for each dose. As far as research I just searched on msn or google and read what I could about it. The one thing I do remember reading is that you should not feed cats canned food. If your cat will only eat canned food then you should try to wean her back to dry food. I would say Science Diet would be your best bet for food but your vet will probably recommend one. Be careful with your cat getting into treats or people food. With Dolly I can tell when her sugar goes up because she drinks more than usual so try to watch how much your cat drinks so you have an idea what is normal for him. Also, you should not give the shot in the same spot as it will cause lumps under the skin but the vet should review that with you. Good luck and it will get easier once you get things figured out.

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Dr. Joyce B.
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Jan 23, 2009

I just wanted to encourage you. Friends who have had pets with diabetes gave the insulin and did fine. They got used to the routine. You're a good pet parent!

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Jan P.
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Jan 22, 2009

Hello, Im so sorry and I hope you can afford the bills! For my hubby, the best thing he does is his diet so if you find a really good diabetic food low especially in carbs (sugar is high in carbs) then that might make a big difference. Goodluck and I wish I had experience to help you with the right food...Science Diet is a good quality pet food - call some other vets and get more opinions..search online for diabetic cats and owners....someone will have priceless info for you!

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