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I am feeding my newly diagnosed diabetic 10 lb. cat Fancy Feast & dry high protein food. How many cans of Fancy Feast should I feed her each 24 hour period. & by the way I don't think she is eating the dry food anymore. I have ordered the Dia-Ionx. When I get that going in her system well, is there other foods I can feed her without breaking the bank or should I stick to the Fancy Feast & High protein food? Ty, Gail

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September 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM



Dear Gail,

In the cat there are factors that help them to respond well to therapy. It is important to feed wet cat food and no dry food at all if possible, and all foods, including treats, should consist of ingredients suitable for a diabetic. Usually people feed a diabetic diet such as Purina DM but not all cats are willing to do it, so some owners will give certain canned food such as a low carbohydrate Fancy Feast or Friskies. You should select the cans that are about 2% carbohydrate or lower. There are feeding instructions on their website, but it is about 1 can per 3 pounds of body weight for the basic pate formula per day. The gravy ones may be different at one can per 2.5 pounds per day. You may want to consider Friskies Salmon dinner and go to for feeding instructions. In addition I give digestive enzymes, probiotics, and fish oil. Dia-IonX helps the body to better utilize the diet and supplements better for a synergistic effect for faster healing. It is also important to avoid giving water that contains chlorine and fluoride.

Exercise helps to move glucose from the blood stream into the muscles helping to regulate the blood sugar levels. Hopefully you can get your cat to play. Having a consistent schedule is necessary in good regulation. Be sure to monitor blood glucose levels because Dia-IonX may reduce the amount of insulin that needs to be given. In the meantime the goal is to minimize the symptoms of diabetes and to prevent damage to the eyes and kidneys as a consequence of diabetes.

Please let us know how you do or if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,
Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
September 27, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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