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Caring For Your Diabetic Cat

If your cat has just been diagnosed with diabetes, you might be afraid of what the future holds for your beloved pet. The good news is that cats can live long, healthy lives after being diagnosed with diabetes. 

The trick is that you, as a pet owner, must be dedicated to caring for your cat during its illness. Diabetes is not a death sentence for pets. Here is some information to help you understand what you need to do to help your diabetic cat.

Regular Medical Care: After your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is imperative that you visit your veterinarian regularly. Your cat will need regular checkups to check the blood sugar levels and make sure that they receive the right amount of insulin. 

When your cat goes in for a checkup, the vet will ask that you do not feed your cat twelve hours part to the checkup. While your cat is at the checkup, your veterinarian will draw blood and check blood sugar levels. People that have diabetes can check their blood sugar at home. 

However, this is not possible with cats unless you buy a glucose monitoring system. You probably ask that you bring your cat in every three months for this type of checkup.

Getting your Cat Insulin: When your cat has diabetes, it is your responsibility to make sure that your cat receives the proper insulin dose twice a day. The amount of insulin that your cat will need will vary according to your cat’s condition. 

Most cats will receive between three and five units of insulin two times per day. It is important that you establish a routine for your cat. Your cat needs to receive insulin 12 hours apart. Most people that have diabetic cats will give their cat an insulin shot at the same time every morning and every evening. 

It is easy to learn to give your cat insulin injections. Your veterinarian will walk you through the process, and then you can repeat this at home. Usually, your veterinarian will recommend that you give your cat injections between the shoulder blades in the neck’s scruff. 

With patience and practice, your cat will barely feel the injections. Most diabetic cats know when it is time to get their injection, and they may remind you by meowing.

Stocking the Right Supplies: It is important that you have the right supplies on hand to help treat your diabetic cat. You will need a vial of insulin as prescribed by your veterinarian, syringes, and alcohol swabs. It is always a good idea to order your insulin when you are about halfway empty. It may take a couple of days for your veterinarian to order your insulin. 

Your veterinarian might also recommend getting your diabetic cat vitamin supplements and seating him or a special prescription diet such as Science Diet W/D. You must be able to see your cat immediately after they receive their injection. 

It is also a good idea to have some numbers to your veterinarian into at least two 24-hour emergency vet clinics available with you at all times just in case your cat needs help.

Patience and Love: Above all, when you have a diabetic cat, you need much patience and much love. It is not always easy to care for a sick and ailing cat. However, with the right care, you can expect your diabetic cat to have many more years of a happy life.


Caring For Your Diabetic Cat

Caring For Your Diabetic Cat

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