DrDonnaSpector-Morgan2011_250wWe received this wonderful email from a pet owner about their diabetic cat:

“You might not know it, but changing to your food with the advice of kind people on a Feline Diabetes Message Board helped save my cat’s life. She was diagnosed with diabetes and our vet had no idea how diet played a role in the disease. She’s now 100% healthy, completely off insulin, and has completely transitioned from dry food to {Halo’s} canned food. Thanks for making your product available.”

This is the kind of information I am thrilled to share! Diabetes in cats is a very manageable disease. In fact, with the right food and insulin treatment, cats can go into remission—meaning they can revert to a non-diabetic state where they no longer require insulin!

What is the Best Food for a Diabetic Cat?
Diabetic cats require foods which are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. A low-carbohydrate diet is one in which carbohydrates provide less than 10% of the total calories. Sounds simple, right?

Unfortunately carbohydrate information is not readily available on cat food packaging. In order to get this information, a cat owner will need to contact their pet food company and request it. TIP: Ask for the carbohydrates to be expressed as a percent of metabolizable energy (% ME) as this gives you the actual percent of calories coming from carbohydrates. For the best chance of achieving remission and regulating your cat’s diabetes well, it is best to select a food with less than 10% of calories (10% ME) coming from carbohydrates—and the lower the better!

Can my diabetic cat eat dry food?
Most dry cat foods are far too high in carbohydrates and usually too low in protein to achieve good diabetic regulation and are therefore NOT recommended.

Does my diabetic cat need a prescription food?
While many vets recommend prescription diabetic diets, there are many non-prescription commercially available canned cat foods with far less than 10% of calories from carbohydrates which can be used successfully in diabetic cats.

Does Halo have a high protein, low carbohydrate cat food?
Yes! Halo’s has two canned formulas which are ideally suited to the needs of a diabetic cat: Spot’s Pate Whitefish formula and the Spot’s Pate Chicken formula. Both have less than 5% of calories coming from carbohydrates. It is important to work with your vet to select a canned food and amount to feed that will both avoid obesity and play a key role in achieving good control or even remission of diabetes.

For more information about diabetes in cats see my article “Feline Diabetes: A New Look at an Old Disease”.

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  1. Andy Lang says:

    Dr. Spector, thanks for your article! Question: you’ve recommended Pate Whitefish and Pate Chicken as having less than 5% ME from carbohydrates. The only source of carbohydrates in the Halo formula I’ve seen is sweet potato, and that’s listed as an ingredient on both of these varieties as well. Are the other grain-free varieties also low in carbs?

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