First I want to commend you on taking care of your baby despite the diabetes. You would not believe how many people just don't want to deal with it and have their cats put to sleep because of this very treatable illness.
Here is a FABULOUS website that should be able to help you with basically everything you need to know - www.felinediabetes.com
We have a diabetic cat in our rescue right now and he is eating the special hills science diet food and is really doing fabulous. He is happy and healthy and no one would ever in a million years believe he was ill in any sort of way.
So, if you have any questions or need help with anything and can't find it on that website let me know and I can certainly give you the name of the director of my rescue who is taking care of the diabetic cat. I believe she is even in a support group.
We just put out our Fall newsletter with an article on Feline Diabetes. I have pasted a copy for you with the links in it on other helpful places.
Sugarcat: Your Kittyâ€™s SO sweet!
By Maureen Dellâ€™Olio
At first, youâ€™re happy that your fat cat is losing some weight, since kittyâ€™s generous girth has rather concerned you, and youâ€™ve read about the health risks of obesity in cats. Shortly though, you also notice that your kitty seems to always be hungry and thirsty. This is the first indication to you that something is amiss. Your cat is always eating and drinking, but is still losing weight. Litter box problems were never an issue, but now you are dismayed that your formerly perfectly mannered cat is urinating in inappropriate areas. Or, perhaps, kitty is still using the box, but seems to be flooding it on a daily basis. You become alarmed because the initial weight loss that initially pleased you now terrifies you. Your fat cat is losing far too much weight. You bring your kitty to your veterinarian, where you receive a diagnosis that frightens and alarms you â€“ your kitty has Diabetes.
So many concerns run through your mind. How long will your cat live? What quality of life can your cat possibly enjoy now? Wonâ€™t all the daily insulin needles and blood tests hurt? Will you ever be able to live a normal life with your cat again? Will blood testing, insulin, dietary regulations and costly vet visits imprison you for the rest of your life?
Relax. Breathe. Diabetes is not a death sentence, nor is it dooming you and your pet to a pain-filled, expensive, troublesome coexistence. Diabetes is as manageable for your cat as it is for humans. You encounter diabetic humans all around you daily, and probably never realize it. Likewise, your diabetic kitty can again have the life you always enjoyed together. With some inexpensive changes that are easy to adjust to and easy to manage, your kitty can again enjoy a life filled with sunny spots to nap in, toys to play with, dogs to tease and mischief to create.
Diabetes management doesnâ€™t require a fat bank account either. Feline Diabetes is often managed and treated inexpensively and quite well by thousands of humans every day. Their cats enjoy a normal lifespan with their care. There is friendly, helpful and skilled support available free of charge just a click away at www.felinediabetes.com
You will find all the knowledge, help and support you need at these specialized online sites. They will teach you how to affordably meet your diabetic catâ€™s dietary needs. They will teach you how to monitor your catâ€™s blood glucose levels, pain and stress free, in the comfort of your own home. They will help you learn how your catâ€™s insulin works with its body. They will become your lifeline and friends. And they understand.
We have firsthand experience living with a diabetic pet at the Catnip Cottage. One of our own adoptable cats, Chuckles, is a "sugarcat". A personal visit to the Catnip Cottage won't give you a clue as to which feline is the sugarcat however, because you wonâ€™t be able to tell from appearance. Unless you are looking for the sweet-faced, active, affectionate, friendly, playful, curious, muscular and lively cat with a gleaming coat that is soft as bunny fur. Then youâ€™ll have found Chuckles.
--I hope this info helps!! And again, you are truly a wonderful person to do this for your kitty!!