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Q: which kind of catfood in canned is best for diabetics?

September 28, 2008 | By robin j. | 6 answers | Expired: 2111 days ago

we have some diabetic kitties at our shelter. they do not like DM canned...which of the other foods might be good for them?

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Vanessa S.
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Oct 05, 2008

EVO or Wellness are great canned foods for diabetic cats. They are top quality foods, high protein and low carbs. They also come in large 15oz size cans if you are feeding many cats like I do.

My Old Man Tiger was just diagnosed as diabetic and will also not eat the Purina DM. I wasn't too crazy about the ingrediants either. I don't understand why the Vet diets have to have so much filler and crap in them. I detest Science diet and their diabetic diet is very high in fiber. I guess the theory is that the fiber will absorb sugar from the digestive tract.

My vet basically said to do a "Catkins" diet. High in protein and low in carbs. I feed mostly canned food but I do leave a small bowl of Fromm Duck ala veg food out as well for mid day snacks. On this diet and starting insulin we had his blood sugar under control in 3 weeks.

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Angie S.
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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.

More great, detailed information can be found here:

www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=Diabetes
www.felinediabetes.com/
www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/CanFoodNew.html
www.catinfo.org/felinediabetes.htm

I hope all those links post properly. If not, you can copy and paste them into your browser.

Good luck! Feel free to send me a message with any further questions. This is definitely my area of expertise.

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Amanda W.
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Sep 28, 2008

Hill's M/D is similar to Purina's DM (high protein) and may be more palatable.

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Susan S.
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Sep 28, 2008

You want your pets to be Happy and Healthy why do you not feed them organic food like Flint River Ranch? I have had all of mine on FRR food for over 3 years. I have been to the Vets less, they are not hungry all the time. Their poop is small and don't smell so bad. The food is oven fresh to your door. I have had my animals on Science Diet and Iams, I will never put them on that food ever again. There have been so many animals deaths because of the toxic things they put in their food.Do you know there is road kill in their food among other things. I am sorry for your loss if I touched a sore spot. But the food was not meant for animals, It is garbage, trash for the land fills. I am 57 years old and wish some one had told me about this a long time ago. My heart pores out to you and your animals do your research. Put these other Companies on your sh-- list. Maybe they will wise up and put out better food for our animals . Don't they deserve the best? By the way I pay less for the food. I use to pay $150.00 now I pay $70.00. The animals don't have to be so sick. Please do your self a favor and check it out. Yes I have lost a lot of animals because of the food. Charcoal died of FUS. I can't change the whole world but if 1 person changes at a time, the rest will change 1 at a time. They are only with us for a short time, an so many are abused. From me and my beautiful katz to you and yours.
www.flintriver-home.com/ my number is 120558

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donna
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Sep 28, 2008

I think you should check out Flint river ranch pet food. It is organic made in the usa. They offer a light cat food.

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Susan S.
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Sep 28, 2008

Flint River Ranch Food is for dogs and cats. Vet food is no good.

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