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Unread 01-17-2015   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 13 yr old cat who was diagnosed with diabetes back in November he is on insulin but I have a problem Mr. Toot when he drinks water he lays down drinking the water which isn't a problem but when he gets wet then he goes to cat pan and goes potty when he does that he gets the cat litter on his stomach and it dries and get stuck in his fur I have wipes and shampoo but he gives me a hard time he likes to be combed but he wont let me get to that area to clean him and he can be sweet til you get to that area he bites does anyone have any ideas to get that litter not to stick on his fur.
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I don't understand how he is getting wet? I've seen cats who drink water lying down in front of the water bowl, they don't get wet?

If you feed him an all canned diet he will not need to drink so often. And if you look for low carbohydrate canned foods, he will not need as much insulin. However you have to be careful about reducing the carbs and using the insulin.

Here is what Dr Pierson has to say about it:

Feline Diabetes by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM :: cat diabetes, cat sugar diabetes

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If you do not read any further on this webpage, please understand the following principles. Your cat's life literally depends on your understanding of these issues.

Many cats that are in a diabetic state no longer need any insulin when they are finally fed an appropriate low-carbohydrate diet.

Others will always need some insulin but the amount necessary to maintain proper blood glucose levels is nearly always significantly reduced once the patient is on a low carbohydrate diet.

Please re-read the previous two paragraphs carefully.

If you change your diabetic cat's diet to one with lower carbohydrates, he will, in all probability, IMMEDIATELY (not days or weeks later) require a reduction in his insulin dosage. He may also immediately go into 'remission' and not need any insulin at all.

If this warning is ignored, you may very well end up with a cat in a hypoglycemic crisis (dangerously low blood sugar) which can result in death, or brain damage.
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I live in Australia and have a 12yr female cat diagnosed with diabetes last April 2014. My local vet comes to my home WEEKLY to take blood test checking BG levels. She then calls my Cat Specialist to interpret the results. I pay two vets to look after my cat as I dont trust local vets who have not been able to get the correct insulin dose until now under the Specialist. My cat is on GLARGINE insulin which I believe is not available in America? This insulin is NOT subject to meal times - yippy - but it is still administered twice daily 12 hours apart. Which insulin do you use?

Litter tray: there is a clever design made in Italy I think its called Toilette per gatti - whereby the cat cannot scratch out the litter because of the holes in the base (3 plastic bases stack together) reduces the litter being kicked around as cat doesn't like its claws to get stuck in the litter holes in tray. There is a picture of on the internet under animaldiabetesaustralia.com.au for around $39 AUS dollars.
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In reality, a diagnosis of feline diabetes is not a death sentence, and caring for a cat with the disease is far easier than Frostig had envisioned. Great source~!
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No worry, yes it is symptoms of diabities and these type of habits occur into a cat during this desease. You should contact with doctor for treatment. It is not major desease so start treatment of your cat.
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Could you, please, give us an update?
My thought is, that while you are working on diet etc, have the vet shave the area in question. That would make it much easier to clean.
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