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Caring For Your Diabetic Cat



If your cat has just been diagnosed with diabetes, you might fear what the future holds for your beloved pet. The good news is that cats can live long, healthy lives after being diagnosed with diabetes. As a pet owner, the trick is that you must be dedicated to caring for your cat during its 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, you must visit your veterinarian regularly. Your cat will need regular checkups to check its blood sugar levels and ensure they receive the right amount of insulin. You will probably ask that you bring your cat in every three months for this checkup. When your cat goes in for a checkup, the vet will ask that you do not feed your cat for twelve hours part to the checkup. While your cat is at the checkup, your veterinarian will draw blood and check blood sugar levels. People that have diabetes can check their blood sugar at home. However, this is impossible with cats unless you buy a glucose monitoring system.

Getting your Cat Insulin: When your cat has diabetes, it is your responsibility to ensure that your cat receives the proper insulin dose twice a day. The amount of insulin your cat will need will vary according to your cat’s condition. Most cats will receive between three and five units of insulin two times per day. It would help if you established a routine for your cat. Your cat needs to receive insulin 12 hours apart. Most people with diabetic cats will give their cat an 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. Most diabetic cats know when it is time to get their injection, and they may remind you by meowing.

Stocking the Right Supplies: You must have the right supplies to help treat your diabetic cat. You will need a vial of insulin as your veterinarian prescribes, 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 of days for your veterinarian to call 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 they receive its injection. It is also a good idea to have some numbers for your veterinarian in at least two 24-hour emergency vet clinics available at all times just in case your cat needs help. 

 Many people who own diabetic cats are worried about this condition’s costs. It certainly does cost money to take care of a diabetic cat. A vial of insulin will cost approximately $85 and will last about two months. A box of 100 Syringes will cost about $30 and last 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 essential to remember that your cat is a part of your family. Most pet owners do not hesitate to spend money on their pets.

Patience and Love: Above all, when you have a diabetic cat, you need a lot of patience and love. It is not always easy to care for the sick and ailing cat. However, with the proper care, you can expect your diabetic cat to have many more years of a happy life.

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