I just joined this site to post something of my own but immediately saw your post and it caught my attention! I live in your neck of the woods, and I too have a diabetic cat. Taco's been diabetic for 5.5 years now; he is very well regulated, I test his blood sugar myself, faithfully, twice a day - even though his sugar levels are very very good. I feed him a low carb diet, twice a day. He's over 15 yrs old and I've had him since a kitten. I'm a registered nurse so I know a lot about diabetes in humans but when he was diagnosed, although there's a lot of similarities, I still had a lot to learn about diabetes in cats.
First off, I encourage you to find yourself a good Vet who can work with you. I would definitely NOT advise you to go making any big diet changes without first learning about feline diabetes because if you suddenly switch to a low carb food (like canned food) and you don't change the amount of insulin you're giving, you could have a disaster on your hands; meaning, your kitty's blood sugar could drop gravely low (to the point of it being a life-threatening matter).
I learned so much from the Feline Diabetes Message Board and I encourage you to join up there, read all you can, ask lots of questions. In all honesty, the folks there know more about feline diabetes than most Vets (I speak from experience). Thanks to the information and support I received there, my big old cat Taco's diabetes is very very nicely regulated (my current Vet is astonished, he always compliments us, says he's never seen a cat so well regulated)....he receives 1.5 units of Levemir insulin twice a day and gets canned food twice a day. I check his blood sugar myself (most feline diabetic owners do, it's very very easy to learn, I'd be happy to teach you if you were interested!) prior to his insulin shot.
Please, whatever you do - do not try any products on the internet that claim to treat feline diabetes naturally; they are all crap.
Learn all you can from this site and mail me if you ever have any questions or need any help:
here is the address to the main page of the site:http://www.felinediabetes.com/
here is the address to the actual message boards:http://www.felinediabetes.com/phorum5/list.php?8
Bless your heart for adopting this kitty,
Lisa and crew
Originally Posted by ~VictoriaB~
I just got a new 6 year old tabby manx cat who was diagnosed with diabeties last year and the reason why the people i had got him from is that he lives with 4 other cats(the food they eat he is allergic too) and 5 dog's so they thought he deserved to live in a home that wasn't so crowded. He is on 4 unit's of insulin in the morning and 3 unit's at night he was rescued as a kitten off the street's who had a huge head because of a massive ear mite infection as well at the moment he is 14 pounds he also has bump's along his neck he also had to get some teeth removed too. Right now he is on science diet adult mantenance but i just wanted to know if that is the best food for him or should i be putting him on wet canned food? And what type of food should i be feeding him as i would also like to get his weight down quite a bit. If anyone has suggestions or anything please let me know.