- 1 Where is the best place to give a cat an insulin shot?
- 2 At what glucose level does a cat need insulin?
- 3 Can I give my cat insulin 2 hours late?
- 4 What if my cat misses his insulin shot?
- 5 How soon after eating should I give my cat insulin?
- 6 What is the life expectancy of a cat with diabetes?
- 7 How long can a cat live with diabetes without insulin?
- 8 Should I euthanize my cat with diabetes?
- 9 Why are diabetic cats always hungry?
- 10 What is the best food for diabetic cats?
- 11 Should I give my diabetic cat insulin if he won’t eat?
- 12 How long does it take for insulin to work in cats?
- 13 What are the symptoms of too much insulin in cats?
Where is the best place to give a cat an insulin shot?
Insulin injections should be given just under the skin. Many cats tolerate the injections well when given about one to two inches from the middle of the back, near the shoulder blade or hip bone. Be sure to alternate the location each time you give an injection to avoid soreness.
At what glucose level does a cat need insulin?
The Glucose Curve. The glucose curve is a great tool to differentiate between an insufficient insulin dose and the Somogyi effect. It helps to determine insulin effectiveness and the maximum and minimum levels of glycemia, which ideally should be between 120–300 mg/dL (5.6–16.7mmol/L) for cats for most of the day.
Can I give my cat insulin 2 hours late?
If you must miss a dose or two of insulin (occasionally), do not be concerned. Your cat’s blood glucose will get too high for a day or two but will not cause great problems.
What if my cat misses his insulin shot?
If a dose is missed, wait until the next time the insulin is due and administer the normal amount. Do not be tempted to give a dose (full or part) in the meantime as this will lead to more instability.
How soon after eating should I give my cat insulin?
Make sure that your cat eats around the time of the insulin administration — up to one hour before injection. This will assure that she has food in her stomach to counteract the action of the insulin to prevent low blood sugar after the insulin injection.
What is the life expectancy of a cat with diabetes?
Cats who are treated effectively for diabetes can live for very prolonged periods after diagnosis. Average length of life after diagnosis is variable dependent on which study is examined, however, average lifespans of up to around three years are reported in some studies.
How long can a cat live with diabetes without insulin?
Diabetic remission occurs when a cat maintains a normal glucose level for more than four weeks without insulin injections or oral glucose regulating medications. Not all cats go into remission, but those that do may stay that way for months or years.
Should I euthanize my cat with diabetes?
They are usually euthanized because they are so ill that the prognosis is poor due to ketoacidosis and/or other diseases like renal failure and neoplasia. Others in this group are euthanized because owners are not financially capable of caring for a diabetic cat or have no desire to do so.
Why are diabetic cats always hungry?
Because insulin helps the body to use sugar for energy, lack of insulin also means that the body’s organs will not receive enough energy. This will make your cat feel hungry all the time, and though it will eat a lot more food, it will not gain weight.
What is the best food for diabetic cats?
Good options like freeze-dried chicken, beef, salmon, tuna, and liver are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, just like the foods recommended for diabetic cats. Stop giving treats if they interfere with your cat’s appetite at regular mealtimes.
Should I give my diabetic cat insulin if he won’t eat?
If your pet does not eat immediately, do not inject insulin. We need to get the pet to eat first. Injecting insulin when they haven’t eaten can cause serious problems.
How long does it take for insulin to work in cats?
Regular: Insulin preparation with an onset of action in dogs and cats from 0.5 to 1.5 H after SC injection, peak action about 0.5 to 4 H, and duration of action 1 to 4 H after administration. Regular insulin can also be given IM and IV.
What are the symptoms of too much insulin in cats?
Spotting the symptoms
- Changes to eating habits. Hypoglycaemia can go either way when it comes to appetite.
- Bumbling behaviour. In a hypoglycaemic state, you may notice that your cat can’t do normal, basic behaviours, such as jumping onto furniture or negotiating a cat flap.
- Weakness and lethargy.
- Jerking or twitching.