So unfortunately, your beautiful pet cat has feline diabetes. But you can make a big impact on her recovery by consistent, quality monitoring and tests.
By the time you need to begin monitoring Fluffy's progress in your cat friendly home, your vet will have already discussed your options with you.
(By the way, the issues are the same whether you are dealing with elderly cat health problems or geriatric felines. I also recommend you read my article about the difficulties vets face when treating diabetes, for extra clarification).
Whether or not your cat is being given insulin, you should be prepared to:
The easiest element to monitor (especially for an indoor cat or cats) is water consumption.
You should probably filter and boil water for your cat anyway – there are quite a lot of contaminants getting into tap water these days, and the ‘cleansing chemicals’ are not very nice either.
Since cats can taste water (and amino acids, but not sugar!) it is important that they like the flavour of water and will drink it readily. They also like it aerated – so once boiled, you should pour the water from a height into the bowl to add back the oxygen that has been boiled out.
Cats know instinctively that running water has fewer parasites, algae and bacteria than still or stagnant water – just as your camping instructor told you!
The recordings of water intake are looking for a trend. More means the diabetes is probably getting worse, less means it is probably getting better.
See Feline Diabetes Symptoms for more details.
In order to enhance recovery, you need to have your cat on a stable diet.
Dried food has much less water (10%) than wet food (meat or tinned / sachet) which is 80% water, so the diet needs to be the same every day, or you will get incorrect readings.
If the cat starts on dried and moves to wet, they will drink less, and if they eat a lot of dried food, they will drink more. So it is important to understand this and you will find a lot more in my article; establishing your diabetic cat's diet.
The next easiest to monitor is food. Cats have always lied about when their last meal was, so it is the same process – measure out the required amount FOR THE WHOLE DAY and put it where everybody knows whose and what it is.
Your diabetic cat only gets to eat that food – in one or two meals or in smaller amounts through the day.
Cats do not have the “post-prandial hyperglycaemia” that dogs and humans have, so whether the cat grazes or meal feeds is not really important – and it is better not to stress a grazer by forcing meal-feeding if you can avoid it.
But, they STILL only get the measured amount during the day! No Cat Conning ! No Kitty Blackmail for MORE food!!
The purrfect dose of information for owners and vet professionals, committed to the wellbeing and longevity of your cats!