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 care for your cat during
his or her 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 on a regular basis. Your cat will need regular check-ups to check the
blood sugar levels and to make sure that he or she is receiving the right amount of insulin. When your cat goes in
for a check-up, the vet will ask that you do not feed your cat twelve hours prior to the check-up. While your cat
is at the check-up, your veterinarian will draw blood and check blood sugar levels. People that have diabetes are
able to check their blood sugar at home. However, this is not possible with cats unless you buy a glucose
monitoring system. Your will probably ask that you bring your cat in every three months for this type of
Getting your Cat Insulin: When your cat has diabetes, it is your responsibility to make
sure that your cat receives the proper dose of insulin twice a day. The amount of insulin that your cat will need
will vary according to your cat's individual condition. Most cats will receive between three and five units of
insulin to 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 and insulin shot at the same time
every morning and at the same time every evening.
It is not difficult 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 scruff of the
neck. With patience and practice, your cat will barely feel the injections. In fact, most diabetic cats know when
it is time to get their injection and they may actually 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 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 he or she receives 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.
Many people who owned diabetic cats worried
about the costs that this condition incurs. It certainly does cost money to take care of a diabetic cat. A vial of
insulin will cost you approximately $85 and will last you about two months. A box of 100 Syringes will cost about
$30 and will last you 50 days, as you should use a new syringe for each injection. Prescription food will cost you
about $40 for a 20-pound bag. However, it is important to remember that your cat is a part of your family. Most pet
owners do not hesitate spending this kind of money on their pets.
Patience and Love: Above of all when you have a diabetic cat, you need a lot of
patience and a lot of love. It is not always easy to care for sick and ailing cat. However, with the right care,
you can expect your diabetic cat to have many more years of happy life.