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Diabetic remission

A recovery from the signs of diabetes.

Overview

Diabetes can be a very challenging condition to manage. However, the commitment to consistent insulin injections, dietary restrictions and frequent blood and urine samples can give your cat the best chance at remission. Diabetic remission refers to the temporary recovery from the signs of disease. It occurs when the disease has been effectively managed through insulin medication and diet. And with time, this support may allow the cat's own insulin production to maintain glucose levels, and they will no longer require insulin injections.

Cats with other risk factors such as obesity, disease, concurrent medications or genetics will require further treatment in order to reach remission. 

Insulin Injections

Your veterinarian will determine the insulin injection regime, provide home monitoring requirements and establish regular revisits for bloodwork.

Insulin injections must be scheduled alongside meal times. Training your cat to come for their injections can help. Using a small treat before and after the injection will help remove any stress related to the injection.

It is important to note that insulin doses will be adjusted on a regular basis depending on the bloodwork.

There are 3 phases of treatment. 

1. Increasing dose every 5-7 days

2. Holding dose 

3. Decreasing dose

Remission is expected within 2-3 months whereby no further insulin is required.

How to administer insulin

This step-by-step guide will help you with administering insulin injections to your cat.

Your veterinarian will provide you with the needle and syringe and insulin medication. The amount of insulin required will also be advised. It is important to note that the amount of insulin required may differ throughout treatment as determined by the urine and blood sugar results.

Step 1 Feed first

Step 2 Check the insulin dose

Step 3 Draw up insulin

Step 4 Administer insulin

Dietary requirements

Cats with diabetes require a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. This diet will help stabilize the blood sugar, maximize the metabolic rate, improve meal satisfaction, and prevent lean muscle mass loss.

Canned food is ideal as it offers:

Prognosis

Cats have the best chance of reaching remission when their blood glucose level is controlled within the first 3-6 months of diagnosis. Home monitoring is very important as it is less stressful for the cat, cheaper, and more convenient for you. Your veterinary team will help you get comfortable in giving insulin injections as well as monitoring blood and urine glucose levels. 

Seek veterinary care immediately if your pet