Your vet may have already mentioned special diabetic foods to you already. So what is the big difference between diabetic food and normal cat food, and is it worth it? Most importantly, diabetic food is high in protein and very low in carbohydrates. Studies have shown that feeding a diabetic cat a diet that is low in carbohydrates require less insulin, are easier to manage and in some cases may go into remission completely.
When treating diabetes, it’s ideal to avoid foods that are high in fats and salts which commercial foods often are as this will cause the glucose levels to rise. By giving them a diet made to support their diabetes you are helping to gain more controlled blood glucose levels and, ultimately, a better opportunity for successful treatment. Diabetic cats are often overweight (but not always) and the diabetic food can also assist in weight loss.
See more about diabetic diets and the options available here, as well as tips on how best to change your cat onto this food and how to get a fussy cat to eat it.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s by far more important at this stage to keep your cat eating. So if they don’t like the food and are refusing to eat it, please offer them their usual food and follow this link for tips on getting them to eat the special diabetic diet.