Best Dry Food for Diabetic Cats ..
my pure bred female lhasa apso Henna Love was diagnosed with diabetes. she was 10 yr. 4 months old. was giving her orijen senior dry food, told to buy and feed only hills prescription W/D. also 2 injections of insulin. started out with 1/2 cup food could not eat all in one hour gave shot after she ate. ended up vet said to give 1/4 cup food give her one hour to eat take away what she didn’t eat, can’t graze all day. had appointment for 30 day recheck. approx day 22 she developed one yellow cataract, looked like a tiny contact sitting on her eye. Day 27 she started to walk into walls, I carried her out to her grass to go she was very afraid and just went in circles. her water bowl was upstairs I think she was going upstairs for her water? she fell down all the steps, but she didn’t cry?? went for the 30 day recheck, henna was totally blind, she just layed on the dr’s exam table no strength at all. Vet said she had lost 5 pounds in 30 days. I didn’t want her to suffer any more, I did put her to sleep. My vet gave her an anesthetic to put her in a deep sleep (she was snoring). then she had an IV placed. Afterwards I started to research the dog food she was eating for the 30 days. I had a dog die after eating purina beneful about 5 years ago. Henna was eating the best Orijen dog food – I gave her regional red (high meat) and then I found the senior formula for her. If I had looked at the ingredients in the prescription food I would have never bought it! garbage! High carbs! when henna was diagnosed the vet took many blood tests some had to be sent out afterwards she said not as bad as I thought. and then in 30 days she is totally blind, loses 5 pounds. How can that happen so quickly?
I originally took her to vet because she was drinking alot of water and having accidents after going out. I thought it was a bladder infection and was told diabetes. after reading the ingredients and knowing it has high carbs and is a plant based garbage dog food. I feel this dog food caused henna to get one and then a 2nd cataract, and then total blindness. in 30 days!
The best diet for a cat with diabetes is generally high in protein, moderate in fat and low in carbohydrates. While there is no evidence that dry food causes diabetes (see “Myth Buster: Dry Food and Diabetes”), once a cat has diabetes, restricting carbohydrates is the first choice. Canned foods are often the preferred choice, since they tend to have fewer carbohydrates per serving than dry food. (Another dietary approach — high fiber/low fat — can also work with some cats, she adds.)
Unlike dogs, cats have a very good chance of becoming non-diabetic if certain dietary changes are made and their insulin resistant factors are controlled (like obesity, etc). It is very common for a cat to require insulin for only a few months and then go into diabetic remission. The two most important recommendations for cats with diabetes are no carbohydrates and no dry food! Diabetic cats should eat a high–protein, moderate fat and low/no carbohydrate food for the best chance of remission from their diabetes. The desired levels may vary if your cat has other medical conditions, but in general, I recommend that at least 45% of your cat's calories come from protein, 25 to 30% from fat and only 10% (or less) of their calories come from carbohydrates. and are great options.Feeding your cat non-dry cat food is the best thing you can do for your cat, diabetic or not. A cat is an "obligate carnivore." That means the physiology and anatomy of the cat are suited to eating a high protein, meat diet. Dry food, even prescription diabetic food, just cannot meet this requirement for high protein.Finding appropriate low carb wet foods in the UK can be a challenge as manufacturers keep switching up ingredients, some even including sugar! Please visit the Food Info section of the TR College of Knowledge (COK) to help assist you when calculating carbs based on dry matter for wet foods appropriate for diabetic cats. The downloadable Carb Calculation tool is available.
Wet cat food with a lower than 10% carbohydrate count based on dry matter (which is not indicated on the label) is best for cats with FD and is required when practicing TR. Avoid foods containing grains such as rice, wheat and corn, glutens, starches, sugars and syrups, gravies and those containing vegetables and fruits. Foods containing soy and/or ‘vegetable protein extract’ can raise the BG even if the percentage of calories from carbohydrates is below 10%. These species inappropriate ingredients can render the liver useless to do its job of protecting the brain in the event of low BG, potentially resulting in clinical hypo and are not at all recommended for cats when starting TR as explained in sticky.
Your vet may have prescribed Purina DM (Diabetes Management) prescription food. While lower in carbs than most tinned cat foods (a reformulation of the recipe has brought the dry matter carb content under 8%) it contains corn starch and is very expensive; it is an acceptable canned food for an FD cat on TR.
Before switching a cat already receiving insulin to an all wet low carb diet, it is very important to read the to make sure your cat is transitioned from both high carb wet food and /or dry kibble to low carb wet food safely, avoiding a potential clinical hypo. To save you the challenge of scrambling to identify low carb wet foods currently available in the UK, the following list is provided. Ingredients are always being changed by the manufacturers, so it is recommended to double check the dry matter carb content of foods periodically.
A low-carbohydrate, high protein diet is best. If the cat is overweight, the amount should be tailored to induce weight loss. Kibbled diets require a minimum amount of carbohydrate to produce their shape and consistency but canned foods are not hampered by this carbohydrate limitation. This means that canned food more often fit the bill but there are several therapeutic dry diets made for diabetic cats that your cat may prefer.