This is the 3rd article in my series on understanding your diabetic cat's urine tests. On this page we examine what the feline diabetes results mean...
There are many ways you can gather the information from the urine that you and the vet will want. Here are my favourites. Whatever method you choose, always remember to keep all the utensils sterile and clean
Press the stick into the urine in the paper, at the bottom of the tray.
If the urine has already dried, drip a bit of water through the paper to release the glucose and ketones onto the dipstick.
This method is not as accurate but gives you some idea. If there is no glucose showing up, you can be pretty sure there is no glucose in the urine.
If you have the full 7 part indicator dipstick the professionals use, you can also look for blood. Blood indications can start quite slowly, so give it the full 60 seconds before deciding there is none.
This picture shows the urine of a ‘sick diabetic’ – there are ketones (pink square) as well as lots of glucose (dark brown square).
This cat needs to see the vet ASAP and go onto insulin.
If the stick only shows positive glucose, then, depending on other factors like amount being drunk and weight changes, the program may be going OK.
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pH is a measure of your cat's metabolism, so do tell your vet if the readings are consistently less than 6.5 (acidic, usually in cats with renal insufficiency) or more than 7.5 (alkaline - associated with bladder stones and other problems, sometimes infection).
The Urobilinogen pad is not very accurate in cats, but if you think you see any changes in the Bilirubin pad, then notify your vet - it often means liver problems