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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. Dealing with diabetes in cats can be very difficult, especially getting them regulated. As far as diet goes, it is most important to have them on the right diet than when you feed them. If not eating well, I would probably go back to the snack feeding but only putting a certain amount down for the day and not refilling it until the next day. Cats are more snack feeders than meal feeders anyway. A cat can have a high glucose from being a stressed at the vet's office, but the clinical signs and glucose in the urine is usually indicative of diabetes. You can always have your vet run a serum fructosamine, which is more of an average glucose reading over the past 2 weeks to see if he is truly diabetic. Some cats may be able to get off of insulin if they are on the right diet as well. That is called diabetic remission. If not eating well, though, you definitely do not want to give a full dose of insulin. I usually tell my clients that if they are only eating half the ration, give only half the insulin dose. Eating 1/4 ration, give 1/4 insulin. If not eating, do not give insulin because that can cause life threatening hypoglycemia. If a diabetic is not eating, though, it is usually an indication that they need to get to the vet because there may be some serious complications. I hope that answers your questions. If not, please let me know.
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