|Originally posted by EDDorsey
My cat is recently diagnosed with Diabetes, and all the info I have gotten is that we must switch to a high protein, low carb diet ...
ED, my response to you has nothing to do with the topic of this thread, so I apologize in advance, but I felt I must address your comment above ...
Make sure you get a clean bill of health on your diabetic cat's kidney function BEFORE you switch to a higher protein diet. Protein is harder to process than excess glucose and if your kitty's kidneys are in any way compromised, this may not be the best advice for you.
There was a study done sometime back about high protein diets, but after reading it for myself, I found the evidence to be inconclusive at best. I tried the high-quality protein diet (homemade and commercial) for a while with my own diabetic cat, and found that higher ~fiber~ intake actually decreased the glucose levels better than higher protein in my cat. I do agree that lower carbs is the way to go, as most of the carbs used in cat food rate extremely high on the glycemic index.
I realize you didn't ask for it and that it is extremely off-topic here, but my advice to anyone with a newly diagnosed diabetic feline is always to learn ALL you can about the disease. Question everything and everybody who gives you advice - like me - because what works for one diabetic cat may not always work for others.
My best to you in treating your sugar-cat,