Diabetes is quite common in obese and older cats, although it mostly remains underdiagnosed. The rate of prevalence depends on various environmental factors such as age, obesity, male gender, physical activity and indoor confinement(1).
Diabetes is high sugar level in the bloodstream and diabetic cats can lead healthy life through proper management and treatment. Diet plays a major role in the management of diabetes. Ideally, high protein and low carbohydrate diet is recommended as it is seen to improve the symptoms of hyperglycemia and disease remission in some cases(2). Some veterinarians also suggest high fiber diet as it will help in weight loss in cases of obese cats.
Various dietary supplements are available in the market, which helps in maintaining blood sugar level, body weight, and supplies the required calories and nutrients.
1. Jacquie S. Rand, Linda M. Fleeman, Heidi A. Farrow, Delisa J. Appleton, Rose Lederer ; Canine and Feline Diabetes Mellitus: Nature or Nurture?; The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 134, Issue 8, 1 August 2004, Pages 2072S–2080S,
2. Frank, G., Anderson, W., Pazak, H., Hodgkins, E., Ballam, J. & Laflamme, D. P. (2001) Use of a high-protein diet in the management of feline diabetes mellitus. Vet. Therapeutics 2: 238–246.