CAT FOOD FOR DIABETES
Diabetes is an increasingly realized problem in today's average housecat. As with people, the more overweight the cat, the higher the chance it will develop diabetes. In Recipes: Cat Food for Diabetes, we will discuss what diabetes looks like and what the best kinds of foods are to feed a diabetic cat.
Early symptoms of diabetes can often be mistaken for kidney disease due to their similarity. Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes are:
- Ravenous appetite
- If the disease progresses untreated, the cat's appetite will wane and disappear
- Thirsty and increased drinking
- Increased urination
- Weight loss
- Strange smell to breath: sickly sweet, acetone-like
- Very advanced: vomiting, lethargy, diabetic coma and death
- Most diabetic cats are overweight, and the main culprit appears to be the high levels of carbohydrates present in commercial cat food. While the cat's body is designed for only about 3-5% carbohydrates, most commercial dry foods have anywhere from 30-35% carbohydrates (Pierson, We Are Feeding Cats Too Many Carbohydrates). These high carbohydrate foods are taxing on a cat's body and cause the pancreas to try and provide more insulin. As a result, the food gradually increases the overall blood sugar and insulin levels.
Ideally, a higher protein food with no carbohydrates is the solution for a cat already experiencing diabetes. Protein is converted into glucose at a much slower rate than carbohydrates and helps to keep the blood sugar levels stable (Arora 2006, 84).
One of the worst things you can do for a diabetic cat is to continue to feed it dry food. "Feeding a diabetic cat a high carbohydrate diet is analogous to pouring gasoline on a fire and wondering why you can't put the fire out," says Dr. Lisa Pierson in her article titled "Feline Diabetes and Diet: The High Carbohydrate Culprit" (www.catinfo.org/felinediabetes.htm)
The best diet for the diabetic cat is a homemade meal based on high protein and very low carbohydrates. This type of natural diet will not only keep your cat's diabetes in check, but over time, your cat's weight will naturally decrease to normal levels. Often, the cat's need for supplemental insulin injections also decreases.
Anitra Frazier, author of "The Natural Cat" and "The New Natural Cat offers Recipes: Cat Food for Diabetes option:
DIABETIC CAT FOOD RECIPE:
- 1/2 cup raw ground organic chicken
- 1/2 cup raw chicken liver
- 1/2 cup cooked grain (brown rice or oatmeal)
- 1/4 cup finely grated raw zucchini, or carrots, or cooked green beans, or winter squash
- vegetable broth to moisten
- Anitra Frazier states, "The goal of this diet is to strengthen the pancreas, reduce scarring, reduce insulin needs, stimulate insulin production, replace nutrients lost in urine or because of stress, and prevent the main complications associated with diabetes".
If you have a diabetic cat already, you need to view more Recipes: Cat Food for Diabetes right away and learn how a natural diet can greatly enhance their well-being and reduce insulin dependency. For more information and guidance on how to treat a cat suffering from diabetes and what to feed it.
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Arora, Sandy. 2006. Whole Health for Happy Cats. Gloucester, Massachusetts: Quarry Books.
Pierson DVM, Lisa. Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition, March 2008.
Pierson DVM, Lisa. Feline Diabetes and Diet: The High Carbohydrate Culprit, March 2008.