Diabetes in Cats

Managing diabetes > Diet

Diet plays a vital role in helping to keep your cat’s diabetes regulated. Ideally, your cat should be offered the same amount of food at the same time(s) every day. Some cats prefer eating small amounts throughout the day. If your cat prefers to eat small, frequent meals, your veterinarian probably will not try to change this.

Cats require high levels of good-quality dietary protein and are uniquely able to use protein for energy. Many experts currently consider a high-protein, low-carbohydrate food ideal for a diabetic cat.

Overall, a palatable and nutritious diet that minimizes fluctuations in blood glucose concentration and helps your cat maintain a healthy weight is important for managing diabetes. Your veterinarian can recommend a diet that’s best suited to the needs of your cat.

Feline Diabetes
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Pets whose diabetes is under control have normal thirst and urination, normal appetite, stable weight, and normal activity levels, and are less likely to develop complications of diabetes.

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