High Protein Low Carb Wet Cat Food Uk Deshomez
Reply author: Mom of Simon
Replied on: 08/07/2007 10:52:43 AM
The wet Purina DM is ok. Our own Dr. H actually holds the patent on it. Just do not feed the dry - Dr. H had nothing to do with that, it is way too high in carbs! If the cats are willing to eat a low carb wet food right away, you do not need to take time to transition them. You can switch them over cold turkey. Dr. H says you only need to take time in transitioning if you are moving from a good diet to a poor diet. Why take time if it is moving them to a better diet?
I really think you should press your vet to start insulin ASAP. Low carb wet food will help some, but with a BG of 331, you are going to need insulin. That is pretty much no question. The longer that his glucose stays so high, the longer that it will be doing damage to his body and make it harder to get off of insulin later on. You should ask for PZI insulin - it is the closest match to a cat's own insulin and is the most predictable.
Do you need help learning how to home test? We can give you pointers on getting a meter and getting started. If you let us know where you live, we can see if anybody is close enough to give you a demo on how to hometest.
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Finding appropriate low carb wet foods in the UK can be a challenge. Asin most countries around the world, the formulas for tinned foods change withoutnotice. Most of the well known supermarket brands such as Felix orWhiskas contain vegetables or vegetable proteins and/or sugars, as do many ofthe supermarket store brands. This makes them unsuitable for FD cats even thoughinitial carb calculations may seem to be safe. For this reason many in the UKbuy food online because there is greater access to more variety of low carb wetfoods. Please visit the Food Info section of the (COK) to help assist you when calculating carbs basedon dry matter for wet foods appropriate for diabetic cats. Thedownloadable Carb Calculation tool is available .
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.
Diabetic cats (and non-diabetic!) generally should have high protein, low carbohydrate diets. Prescription and specialty foods tend to be very expensive, so many people feed Fancy Feast as an alternative. Another "baddie" that is often found in wet cat food is wheat gluten. Any cat with bowel problems should avoid wheat gluten and it is probably not good for ANY cat. According to information from veterinarian Lisa, wheat gluten is highly allergenic and also hooks onto to the intestinal lining and really harms the gut tract.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 wetfood and /or dry kibble to low carb wet food safely avoiding a potentialclinical hypo. To save you the challenge of identifying low carb wet foodscurrently available in the UK, the following list is provided (accurate at March2011). A low-carbohydrate, high protein, wet diet has been associated with remission (disappearance of symptoms) of diabetes in cats. You can feed your cat a raw or cooked diet that you make yourself or there are many excellent high protein canned foods available. As a cost-conscious compromise, you can feed readily available low-cost canned foods, such as certain varieties of Fancy Feast.