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Just found out my cat has Diatetes

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I found out a few days ago that Sam has diabetes. He is, in fact, still at the Vets office. I have been looking around the net, trying to learn all I can, and was wondering if anyone could suggest some good sites on nutrition or care for him.

I don’t know what type he has yet, I do know he will never eat dry food again!! Any suggestions for good wet foods would be greatly appreciated.

Sam is about 14 years old. He was very sick but is doing much better. I hope to bring him home on Saturday.

Thank you
post #2 of 15
I hope you get to bring him home on Saturday.

I don't know anything about diabetes, but I am sending you and Sam hugs and prayers from Mississippi.



Please let us know what you find out too.
post #3 of 15
www.felinediabetes.com have lot of info for you.
My cat have diabetes for a few year now, two things you need to keep in mind.
-give the best food you can afford
-check his bladder everyday
this is what I feed him
Wellness wet + flash Alfafa + salmon oil + Vitamin C + dandelion.

Hope it help.
post #4 of 15
That is one issue I hope I don't have to deal with. I am terrified of needles to start with. I've been lucky so far. I suspect that Spooky may have started having problems with diabetes - he lost a lot of weight and he did drink more water the last few months he was with us. But he died of a heart attack.

I have to be honest to say that I'm not sure I could handle a diabetic cat!
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
I just got back from the vet and Sam is doing better, with luck he will be home tomorrow or Sunday. I had read that Wellness
was a good choice, and I think I am going to try that one first. I'm also looking at vitamins so thanks for that list Goo I'll check those out. My vet confirmed all I have been learning over the last few days, no carbs and lots of protein.

I don't like the idea of giving him needles, like Goldenkitty45 I always wondered if I could handle something like this guess I'm going to find out.

Thank you LSULOVER for the prayers and hugs sometimes that is the greatest help.
post #6 of 15
My Eric was recently diagnosed with diabetes also. The vet prescribed an RX diet, Hills MD. But after doing my own research I put him on an entirely wet, high protein, low carbohydrate diet. His blood glucose dropped from 297 to 149 in three weeks. All my cats are now on an all wet food diet. I rotate between Wellness, Natural Balance, Avoderm, Innova and EVO. Wellness and EVO are grain free so are particularly good for a diabetic diet. The vet was pleasantly surprised when he saw the lower blood glucose level after I told him the diet Eric is on.

Good luck finding the correct diet for Sam. I hope his condition can be managed with diet so he doesn't need insulin.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Jean44, glad your cat is doing so much better. Sam came home yesterday. He is feeling much better but we have a lot of work to do. I hope we will see results like yours over the next weeks and months. I can't really rotate food to much since his sister Emily has a sensitive tummy. The vet liked my choice of Wellness, as do the other cats.

I have found somthing that I think will help with the urine testing. A catbox that lets you collect the urine. smartcatbox.com. Anyone ever use this?
post #8 of 15
I just posted last week when I found out my P.J. has diabetes. I recently found out many negative reviews regarding the vet I went to...so am going to have to get a second opinion.

Anyway...I posted last week, under "Toomany" and asked for help and advice from people. Please check out that post as many people were kind enough to send sites for me to check out, that were very helpful. Especially one called Sugarcats....please check out that post and replies.

Good luck....it is VERY scary, I know!
post #9 of 15
sugarcats and the felinediabetes.com websites are great resouces, and TCS has its own article and information on diabetes also.

If caught early, particularly if it is caused by an overwight kitty, you may be able to manage it by diet alone over time.

As mentioned above, a higher protein, low carb 'natural diet' feeding regime will help.

If you are going to try different foods, discuss it with your vet so they can help you monitor the BG levels and decide which food works best for you.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
I just want to thank everyone again for all the good thoughts and wonderful links.

Sam had a quick checkup yesterday and is doing a much better, Sunday he will go in again and they will do a full blood test to see how he is reacting after a week at home.

A nice surprise has been that my oldest cat Alice (17) seems to be doing well on the new diet. She has more energy than she has had in a long time and is looking brighter. Its kind of funny, my partner and I had been keeping an eye on her thinking it was she drinking all the water and wetting up the box. In fact I was going to take her to the vet for a check up, but Sam got sick, and we quickly found out it was he that was responsible. (Alice is still going for a checkup but I need to get Sam settled first)

Thanks again,
here is a link to some pictures of the family

http://celtsgonewild.com/samandmanny.htm
post #11 of 15
What cuties they are

Good luck at the vets
post #12 of 15
Hi Icklemiss....

Can you tell me what food might be good for P.J.? I still am not convinced she has diabetes...b/c I took her in for upper respiratory...and since she is getting over that....she is very much better and looks like she is gaining weight. So, what would be good if she needs to gain weight...and possibly fight diabetes?

Thanks...

Toomany
post #13 of 15
I love your pictures! I'm glad that Sam is doing better!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by toomany View Post
Hi Icklemiss....

Can you tell me what food might be good for P.J.? I still am not convinced she has diabetes...b/c I took her in for upper respiratory...and since she is getting over that....she is very much better and looks like she is gaining weight. So, what would be good if she needs to gain weight...and possibly fight diabetes?

Thanks...

Toomany
A wet food is good for them, but it will depend on what P.J. is used to eating, if she is on a dry formula, it may take a while to switch. Scully gets EVO and his is pretty much completely under control, a lot of his problems were due to weight and as he lost weight on a diet, he became much healthier.

A change of food is best discussed with your vet, but generally, a lower carbohydrate food will benefit a diabetic cat.
post #15 of 15
I'm glad Sam is doing better. I myself don't have any experience with diabetes, but here is a site I just heard about today. It's supposed to be really good . . . maybe it'll help you out.

http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com/index.html
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