DIABETIC CAT FOOD COMPARISON CHART
There are websites with extensive lists of carb content of commercial cat foods, both over the counter foods and veterinary prescription foods. You can google cat food composition chart and find the various websites. It’s usually easier to find the carb content on prescription veterinary diets than on over the counter cat food diets. Ideally we want a carb content less than 10% for diabetic cats, the lower the better.
I receive many emails each week asking for food recommendations for diabetic cats. Answers:1) NO DRY FOOD but see if you are dealing with a dry food addict. All cats can be transitioned to an appropriate diet (no dry food) if the owner is patient enough.2) See chart and stay below 10% carbohydrate calories (the third column). There are many suitable low carbohydrate choices available depending on your cat’s preference and your budget. Many cats do well on Friskies Classic Pates and Fancy Feast.Stay away from food with gravy – they are high in carbohydrates. The same is true for most food with sauces. Higher protein/lower fat is also the goal. However, you will note that most commercial foods are low in protein and high in fat. Why? Because protein is expensive and fat is cheap This is one of many reasons why I .3) See when you are ready to learn more about evaluating pet foods. Cats are obligate carnivores and are designed to eat other animals (meat, organs, etc.) – not grains and vegetables which only serve to enhance the profit margin of pet food companies and load the food up with carbohydrates.
In addition, any dry food, including the prescription diets C/D and M/D are too high in carbohydrates for cats, especially diabetic cats. You should be feeding your cat canned food only and canned food that is low in carbs. You can refer to for a chart that shows the carbohydrate levels of many different canned foods.Many veterinarians prescribe expensive diets such as Purina DM (Diabetes Management) and Hill’s m/d but you can do much better for your cat (and your pocketbook) by feeding other more nutritious – and lower carbohydrate – canned foods. See the chart. You should aim for a diet that derives less than 10% of its calories from carbohydrates.