Q: which kind of catfood in canned is best for diabetics?
we have some diabetic kitties at our shelter. they do not like DM canned...which of the other foods might be good for them?
Sep 29, 2008
I had a cat who was diabetic for the last 5 years of her life (12-17) and she gets 100% credit for setting me on my journey of learning everything possible about feline nutrition and feline diabetes more than 7 years ago. And along the way, I met a number of people who know far more than I do on both subjects as well.
To answer your question directly.... the very best foods for diabetic cats are canned foods that have very low or no carbs (i.e. grains). NO DRY FOODS OF ANY TYPE. PERIOD. (Unfortunately ladies, that includes Flint River Ranch - it is dry food with grains - not ideal for cats, especially diabetics.) I personally have known cats that were able to go off insulin altogether after transitioning to the proper diet. That also means that it's VERY IMPORTANT to test the cat's blood glucose level before EVERY insulin injection - especially when making a diet change. If the insulin is not needed, you'll have a hypoglycemic cat who could very quickly die.
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Good luck! Feel free to send me a message with any further questions. This is definitely my area of expertise.
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