There are a few treatment regimes that you need to follow. Being a cat owner, you have a few responsibilities and you need to give them medicines to reduce their blood sugar level, dietary adjustments, and exercise. However, having a cat is not enough if you are not doing the needful. Rather you will have to take care of a few things. We would like to highlight the points below for your better understanding!
Your cat’s treatment regimen includes medications to reduce its blood sugar level, dietary adjustments, and exercise as highlighted before. Apart from these items, it will be very important that you need to establish an ongoing relationship with your primary care veterinarian, that will serve as a resource and expert on how you can best care for your feline pet. You need this, right?
Administer The Insulin:
Honestly, controlling your cat’s diabetes will first require that long-acting insulin be injected twice a day without any miss. The frequency as well as the dose are determined on an individual basis that will be performed by you. Your veterinarian will determine the dose and often initially administer it at his/her practice. It will then be important that you fine-tune the dose over time and keep the vet updated, working closely with your veterinarian as you monitor your cat at home.
Of course, your veterinarian or his/her technician can demonstrate how the injections should be given and you should have no say in that. There are also a lot of online resources that can guide you and you may follow them. Or, follow these tips for properly administering the insulin injection
- Do not reuse syringes
- You should always give the injection shortly after your cat eats.
- Alternate injection sites
- You will have to be sure that you are using the syringes that came with the insulin product you are administering.
- Use petting, treats, and praise to establish a trust with your cat
In conjunction with the insulin, another key element of the treatment regimen is diet modification and you should never avoid this. If your cat is overweight, a program that is aimed at gradual weight loss should be employed. Two dietary approaches are very commonly used in overweight and healthy weight diabetic cats. High fiber, lower-calorie diets can be beneficial in two ways: weight loss and delayed absorption of glucose from the intestine. Another approach would be to use low carbohydrate, high protein diets, but the caloric intake must be monitored because some of these diets are often high in calories.
Canned food can be beneficial in preventing dehydration and you may opt for these. Some patients may require special therapeutic (veterinary only) diets. Work closely with your primary care veterinarian in terms of determining the best dietary program for your diabetic cat.
For example, play with a string or a cat toy, play with a small ball or do things to get him/her to move around the house.
Many diabetic cats are overweight, an intensive exercise program is not something you want to engage in without consulting your veterinarian. Take 5-10 minutes several times a day to get your cat moving and active as it will help a lot. Your veterinarian can help you develop a basic exercise program that will build over time and you can make them do that.