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Feline Diabetes. Early signs can be corrected with food. Read on for proof.

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Hi,  I come here today in hopes of helping someone else and their beloved cats.   I have a 9 .. almost 10yr old male Mainecoon. He is an indoor cat and has always been on a dry food diet by Iams.  

A couple of weeks ago I noticed he was drinking and Unusual Amount of Water and Urinated in excess.  He was just kind of laying around alot and not acting like his usual self. 

After MUCH research I learned his food could be playing a big roll in his new habits and decided to give him a change in his food.  I chose to use Blue Buffalo Wet food.  Chicken , wilderness.  High in protein, low in carbs and No grains added.  

Well, not only does he loves this food but within just 2 days..... He stopped drinking that unusual amount of water and his urination is back to normal.  Hes playful and really back to him self.   I was so pleased this worked for him because I def did not have the money for a trip to the vet.  As I researched more and more I realized there are alot of svs our vets offer that our pets just dont need.  If I had brought Max ( my cat ) to the vet...I am certain he would have charge me A ) for the visit B) for the testing and C ) for the medications.  I am also sure he would have never even told me that early signs of Diabetes does not mean they have Diabetes... It simply means they are heading in that direction of getting Diabetes.  If you have not caught these early signs in your cat and he or she is showing signs other than unusual thirst and larger and more frequent urine., Please go and see your Vet to be sure your pet gets the best help possible....BUT if you cat has just started in the last week or two drinking excessively and Urinating excessively.   Try switching your pal over to a low carb, high protein wet food. Tiki and Blue are two great brands and come highly recommended for low carb foods.  The low carb is the KEY to getting your cat back to good health. Older neutered males are more likely to come down with feline diabetes so do your cat a favor and change up his diet. If you do not notice a change in just the first few days.... Then take him / her to the vet but do try this first. It worked for me and my pal Max and I felt I really had to share this with you all.  PS prayers dont hurt either. 

Thanks for Reading

Dmags 11/2012

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Switching food from dry to wet is a great first step, and it sounds like your cat is much better for the switch. It is still advisable to test your cat's blood sugar, you can use a regular human blood glucose meter like Relion or OneTouch, because your cat may well be better but still need insulin. 

You want to be sure that your cat's numbers are in a non diabetic range, or you may need to take your cat to the vet.

If you are seeing numbers above 120 all the time, you can ask your vet to do a fructosamine test which will give a result that is an average of your cat's blood glucose over the last few weeks. If that test result is high, you may still need to start giving your cat insulin.

 

There are a great many cats who are DIET CONTROLLED and so long as they stay on wet low carb food, they may stay that way and never need insulin, Excess drinking and urination are signs that may show very high numbers when testing their blood glucose, and the food change may lower those numbers, but still be above non-diabetic range. Test at home to be sure.

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