Originally Posted by lonegirl
We do diet changes along with insulin. There have been some cases where diet change alone has controlled the diabetes....but not in every case. There are specially formulated diets (yes I know many are all about the raw diet...I am not). DM (diabetes management) MD (metabolic diet) as well as some weight control diets all help in controlling this condition.
We some improvement when we switched to a DM diet but it didn't "cure" our elderly cat's diabetes but it did reduce, for a time, the amount of insulin she needed. Our vet told us to go for a raw diet but neither cat was interested in raw meat of any kind. (both cats ate wet, high quality canned food their entire lives) Because she wouldn't eat raw, it caused even more problems with her sugar levels. She crashed a couple of times, resulting in trips to the emergency vet room. Just mentioning this as an owner whose two cats wanted NOTHING to do with a raw diet.
OP - How old is your cat? Have you talked to the vet about your kitty's quality of life going forward? I understand the money concerns. I want to weep at the amount of money we spent. I loved C. with all my heart but looking back on it, we kept her alive for us, not for her, as her quality of life was not good for a long time. The insulin and diet changes kept her alive but didn't keep her "better"