Diabetes affects about 2% of our indoor cats and the culprit is DRY FOOD. Even high quality, grain-free dry food contains too many carbohydrates and not enough protein for our cats. Feeding strictly canned, freeze-dried, or raw diets to cats will prevent any possibility of your cat developing insulin-dependent diabetes. There are plenty of diets made specifically to treat diabetes but those diets can be expensive and typically are lower quality than other high-end commercial canned food. We also love freeze-dried and raw diets for our cats.
We decided to not start insulin on Barnaby since he was still feeling okay and he was not in diabetic ketoacidosis (he was a stable diabetic when he was brought in). Barnaby was started on Nature’s Variety INSTINCT canned food and all dry food/treats were removed from his life. The owner was told that a food change does not cure all cats and he may need insulin injections, so he was brought back in 4 days to have his blood sugar checked. His blood sugar was 194 four days after starting canned food and 95 eleven days after stopping all dry food. We cured Barnaby’s diabetes with a simple diet change in 11 days!!
We use nutrition to fix many of our pet’s health ailments! It is so great that Barnaby does not need twice daily insulin injections for the rest of his life. He and his owner couldn’t be happier!