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My 8-yr-old barn cat, Ben was just diagnosed with diabetes...he was close to death when I found him last week & then got him to the vet...brought him home Mon. after a 5-day vet hospital stay and now he's on 3 units of insulin 2x/day....I just ordered the Dia-ionX...also wondering about his diet...currently I'm force feeding a canned food from the vet....Ben's diet before this was holistic dry cat food....Taste of the Wild...32% protein, 16% fat...but now that he's diabetic should I put him on a canned food? What brand would you advise? Should I prepare a raw diet for him? Thanks for any advice you have. I'm just so thankful to have found your website...this is the most hopeful I felt since he got sick!!!! -Linda-

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November 9, 2012 at 6:20 AM

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Dear Linda,

Canned food is best. Diabetic cats should not be fed any dry food at all. You want to stay at 2% carbohydrate or below . People usually give Purina DM or sometimes nonprescription foods such such Friskies Classic Pate Salmon, Fancy Feast - Savory Salmon Feast, Turkey and Giblets Feast, and White Meat Chicken Florentine. These are 2% or lower in carbohydrates. If you can find a holistic canned food that meets that criteria that would be an option too. I would also give digestive enzymes that include pancreatic enzymes, probiotics, and fish oil in addition to Dia-IonX. Together it works well together. I would try these first before trying to do a raw diet or add it in very slowly. (My cats do not like raw except what they catch.) You need to have a consistent routine.

Other helpful things to do would be to avoid giving water that contains chlorine and fluoride. Try to play with your cat daily. Exercise helps to move glucose from the blood stream into the muscles helping to regulate the blood sugar levels. Having a consistent schedule is necessary in good regulation.

I would also check his urine daily with a dipstick. If the amount of sugar in it drops low you may need to lower the insulin dose. Too much insulin can cause severe hypoglycemia.

Please keep us informed of your progress and let us know if you have any other questions.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
November 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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