Originally Posted by the_food_lady
A cat's blood sugar level can definitely elevate when they're stressed (called "stress hyperglycemia); at the Vet, having bloodwork done, etc. So this should be considered. It's strange to me that your cat's blood sugar was 85 only a few days ago. If a cat is diabetic, even if not eating their blood sugar will be high. I would seriously want the blood sugar to be tested again before anyone claims your cat is diabetic and considers starting kitty on insulin. I had a diabetic cat for 6 yrs (I gave him insulin twice a day and tested his blood sugar at home with the same little meter that human diabetics use; some vet clinics use them too just for doing spot checks). I'd also double check with them that the IV fluid they were giving kitty didn't contain any dextrose (IV solutions often do); dextrose is a sugar.
I know that I'm a few years late to the conversation but from the perspective of an almost nutritionist, I do have some insight to offer in regards to This topic.
The following causes of heavy breathing are HRAVILY impacted by your cats diet;
Mucous in the lungs;
just like in people, if I can't has too low of a pH that is in the acidic range, its very very very likely that mucous will form in the lungs. I'm only 20 and I've had mucus in my lungs for as long as I can remember because I ate a predominantly carbohydrate diet. And not like they were good carbs eithRr (quinoua, lentils) but instead, lots and lots and lots of grilled cheese, pasta, and the likE.
in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the problem while it is somewhat different, they both have to do with insulin sensitivity. If you're eating carbs to regularly then your body will become so used to insulin and either your body won't be able to absorb it anymore because it's built up a tolerance, or it can't produce it anymore because you run your reserve dry.
GRAINS are HUGE factor in this. what I can offer the readers here, and those who can pass on this information to other people, start buying your cat grain free food. Ideally, if there are any carbs in the food that you are buying, do make sure they are not green. In a perfect world if you had a lot of money or do you have a lot of money, do your best to buy your cat only meet and facts. Cats actually need so little carbohydrates with that said the sources of those carbohydrates need to be clean.