Does your cat tend to feel
- lethargic and tired
- hungry more often (i.e. increased appetite)
- feeling more thirsty
- tend to pee a lot
- lose weight even though he feels hungry
Then he might be suffering from hyperglycemia. This means your cat’s blood sugar levels are high causing feline diabetes.
Best food for a diabetic cat
Cats are designed in such a way to have more of protein and less of carb food with moderate fats. Here is the ideal composition for cats:
- 50% of more of calories (animal derived protein)
- 20-45% of calories from fat
- 1-2% of carb calories
- rich in water (70% by weight)
Blood Sugar Gold – Cat/Feline Diabetes Support
Understand the fact that diet plays a critical role in managing diabetes in cats along with medication. In fact there are instances that with the right kind of diet and medication, cats can achieve remission i.e. they can become non-diabetic and will not require any insulin.
Usually you will find such ideal composition only in canned cat foods. Dry foods do not have enough carbs. Another thing to note is that dry foods come with plant based protein that are too little to satisfy your feline’s high protein requirement. This is one of the reason dry foods are not recommended for diabetic cats.
A well established feline diet to achieve diabetic remission is canned high protein, low carb diet.
What is a low carb diet and how does it work?
A low carb diet is one that provides less than 10% of the total calories as carbs. While some cats tend to have control over their diabetes on high carb diets, some might require a further cut off of 5% of the carb calories. Basically, lower the carbs easy maintaining the diabetes.
Sadly, however, not much detailed info about carbohydrates is mentioned in cat food packaging. Many packaging comes with very limited info which is not accurate to cat owners. At such instances, it is better to contact the pet food companies for getting adequate information. It is vital that carbohydrates be put as a percent of metabolizable energy (ME). This will give you a good percent of calories coming from carbohydrates. It is always recommended to select a food with less than 10% of calories from carb.
Are diets necessary?
Many Vets recommend prescription diabetic diets. While some cats are adaptable to such diets, problem comes when cat foods are formulated with more than 10% of ME. This can make things difficult and one is unable to achieve the diabetic remission.
Another point lies that few pet owners simply cannot afford the extra finance on their list.
The good news is that prescription diets are not mandatory for regulating diabetes in cats. HQ commercial foods, nowadays are made using 10% less ME carbohydrates that can be appropriate for diabetic management. Work with your Vet for best dietary solution.
Making the switch
While you and the Vet decide on a suitable diet, make sure that the food is compatible with your cat. To make it successful your cat must not miss any meals and consistently have the same type of food in equal amounts. Some cats do not like new food. This means you have to look for another option. If your cat has eaten dry food, switching to canned food can be difficult.
Weight Loss And Diabetic Remission
Obesity is one of the commonly seen threats in cats. Consult your vet in determining the ideal body weight for your cat. Note on how many calories should he eat a day to lose weight gradually and safely.
Make sure to check the blood and urine levels regularly to avoid any health risks.
Natural remedies for cats
Holistic treatment are readily available and if you want to keep away from any potential side effects of typical treatment, there are natural remedies that will work wonders on your cat. Note that I am not a professional Vet and simply a pet lover like you. So make sure to ask your Vet before trying out these herbs as safety measures.
- Fenugreek seeds – one of the oldest medicinal herbs, it reduces the blood sugar levels in the body
- Hawthorn – contains antioxidant properties that beats free radicals and boosts the immunity system
- Chamomile – prevents health risks due to diabetes such as nerve damage, loss of vision or kidney dysfunction etc.
- Dandelion Root – promotes digestion and supports liver function. It is also famous for curing any skin allergies.
- Turmeric Root – the content curcumin in turmeric can balance the sugar in the blood stream and soothen the spiked up insulin levels.
- Calendula – popular for its prompt answer as cat’s ear mites, calendula is famous for curing cat diabetes as well.