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Thank you. My vet(s) have always told me hard food was best, so I've never tried anything but. I've done R/D, Z/D, I/D and W/D, all Hill and Hill. I've also tried a rabbit diet and venison too. I don't remember the names of all of them. I'm very open to trying anything anyone can suggest for a cat with IBD and Diabetes. I will look into the Organics by Nature and Wellness 95%. As for the pred, I have gone up and down with that for years, so I know to do it slowly. The day I found out he was diabetic (2 weeks ago) I got on this site and went out and bought a glucometer and have been testing him often, making charts and such. I'm pretty comfortable with that. Now I just need to figure out this diet and insulin and pred thing. Thanks again for any advise.
When selecting appropriate low carbohydrate wet foods for your cat, look for foods with no corn, wheat, soy, grains or glutens in the ingredient list. Usually, foods with gravy contain corn starch or glutens, and are not a good choice, particularly when dealing with diabetes in cats. It is important to note that two of the leading food allergens for cats are beef and fish. While your cat may be able to eat these flavors with no visible allergic response, neither one is a natural food for felines. Fish in particular should be kept to a maximum feeding of once or twice a week, best as a treat only as it is very hard on the kidneys, not to mention it contains mercury which can build up in the system.
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.Q: Can I give oral medication instead of insulin?
No, no forms of oral anti-hyperglycemics are useful in cats, and some may even make the disease worse. The best, most conservative approach is to treat aggressively, and early, to restore the patient to normal health. The only oral approach to feline diabetes that works is removing all high carbohydrate foods from the cat’s diet. As you will read in the protocol, this is the key to controlling and curing diabetes. To best control your diabetic cat's sugar levels, it is important to feed consistent meals at fixed times each day. Ideally meals are timed to the insulin injection—for example, feed your cat and give insulin within 1 hour to help combat the blood sugar rise from the food. So the insulin works effectively at each meal, it is best that each feeding contains the same amount of calories and the same ingredients so that the insulin will have an expected effect.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.