How To Care for a Cat Diagnosed with Diabetes

Diagnosis of diabetes in your pet can be troubling. Yet, the quality of life of a pet can be maintained by monitoring insulin therapy, diet and exercise under the guidance of your veterinarian.

Follow the Treatment Plan

When your veterinarian confirms their diagnosis, the next step is to establish a diabetic disease care plan for their condition. You and your veterinarianare going to work together to make this plan, so that you are involved in all decisions regarding yourcat treatment.

Manage diet and exercise

Nutrition and physical activity are essential components of a healthy lifestyle when your cat has diabetes. Along with other benefits, following a balanced meal plan and staying active will help you maintain their blood glucose level, also called blood sugar, within their target range. You need to match what your cat eats and drinks with exercise and diabetes medication if they take some blood glucose. It’s all important to maintain their blood glucose levels within the range recommended by your veterinarian.

Becoming more healthy and making improvements to what they eat and drink can seem daunting at first. You can find it easier to begin with small changes and get support from your family, friends, and the health care team.

    • Being physically active and eating well most days of the week can help.
    • Keep their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels within their target range.
    • to lose weight or to maintain at a healthy weight
  • Prevent or delay problems with diabetes
  • Feel good, have more energy

Monitor blood glucose levels

One of the main objectives of diabetes therapy is to keep blood glucose levels within the target range. The key is to balance their food with their activity, lifestyle, and diabetes medicines. Blood glucose monitoring can help you understand the relationship between your cat’s blood insulin, food, exercise and glucose levels.

Over time, their tests will provide you and your health providers with the details they need to assess the best treatment plan for their diabetes. Holding blood glucose levels within the target range can help reduce a cat’s risk of developing a variety of diabetes related complications.

The number of times animals with diabetes who use insulin can monitor their blood glucose levels depends on a variety of factors. People with type 2 diabetes who do not use insulin do not need to check their blood glucose levels as often, but they may find a standardized self-monitoring time beneficial.

Structured self-monitoring involves checking their blood glucose levels at certain periods of the day (e.g. after meals) for at least two weeks and then consulting with the diabetes health care team to find out how diet, physical activity and drugs affect their blood glucose levels.

Visit Your Vet

Ideally, annual and semi-annual appointments will be the only veterinary care your cat needs. But there are emergencies, and understanding the signs will help you make a fast decision in those critical first moments.

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