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Gudi Stuttard, Sarah Collins
The Veterinary Nurse, Vol. 5, Iss. 7, 22 Sep 2014, pp 372 - 378

As a species, cats have a different nutrient profile requirement to humans and dogs from whom, historically, nutritional information has been extrapolated. The greater understanding of the requirements of both the species and the disease process of diabetes mellitus means that it is now possible to recommend a specific nutrient profile and formulation to help nutritionally support cats with this prevalent disease. A strong link between obesity and feline diabetes mellitus means that weight management is an important part of managing the patient through the disease process and achieving good glycaemic control. Medical treatment with insulin remains the cornerstone of therapy for feline diabetes mellitus; however adaptation of the diet and providing consistency in the type and timings of food will also help in the long-term management process. Specific considerations should be made in relation to protein and carbohydrate content of the diet, not only to the overall quantity in the diet, but also the source and digestibility. It is recommended that cats should remain on a diet specifically formulated for the management of feline diabetes mellitus life-long (unless concurrent disease suggests otherwise), even if the patient enters remission.

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