What do I do if my cat has diabetes?
If your cat has not yet been diagnosed with diabetes, you should go look at the symptoms of diabetes first. If you've been to the vet and you already know that your cat has diabetes, then you need to start coming up with a plan to keep your cat living a long and healthy life. Remember, diabetes doesn't have to be fatal anymore in people or in cats. Your cat can still live a long and healthy life with a proper diet and care, but you are going to have to be on your toes and focus your attention on the situation. Your cat can still live out a normal life span with the proper care.
The first thing that is going to change is that you can't just put out food and water and leave it at that anymore. Your cat will require more care - daily medicine and monitoring of its behavior and diet. You will likely have to give your cat insulin injections, and your vet will be able to give you specific details on what your cat needs. Just know that this can get a little expensive - $30-40 a month or so for insulin and probably a prescription diet, and the initial costs will be several hundred to do the tests and make sure you've got the insulin levels regulated. You will also probably have to have more frequent checkups with the vet to make sure your cat is still healthy. Between insulin injections and prescription food that your vet will give you, you should be able to get it under control. Just be aware that the exact mechanics of how to monitor a cat's blood sugar levels can get complicated. You can view a detailed guide here, but be ready for a steep learning curve if you have no experience with it.
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