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My 14 yr old Diabetic male tabby cat is becoming listless, not eating, not responding to voices or loud noises after our weekend away from home. We left out extra food and water and tv on low for stimulus and voices so he and our other 9 yr old female calico tabby would not be bored. We have done this every couple of weeks and no ill effects until this last time. I only left out Indoor formula though, and not wet cat food (higher protein, low carb). His insulin has been on back order more than 2 months, and he had been doing quite well on high protein, low carb diet. This week, his bones are showing on his back, he isn't eating, no large voidings, but has had a couple 'wetting' accidents which is unusual... its like he is too weak to walk... sugar high or sugar low? Should I try to get him to eat more? I did get him to eat 5-6 tartar snacks, and 2 tsp of wet catfood yesterday. He did make it to the water bowl and drank. Please help! Could he have gotten any poisoning from the grass at our apartment complex?  We did give him a handful, as he was trying to cough up a hairball without success... he normally passes them rectally. -JoAnn-

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September 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

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Dear JoAnn,

You should take him to your veterinarian immediately. The sugar can get so high that the body gets into an acidic state and cannot function normally. This is an emergency in which the treatment is usually fluids and other medications. Dry cat food over the weekend could have been too much for him to handle. I only suggest wet food for diabetic cats.

Please let us know how you do.

Best regards,

Dr. Char www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
September 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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