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Dear Christopher Cat

My cat and I both have diabetes. I test my own blood sugar, and I would like to test my cat’s. How is this best done?

Christopher Responds

Many cats benefit from home blood sugar testing. It is especially helpful for those of us who become stressed at the animal hospital.

When cats are excited, we produce lots of adrenalin. This is helpful when we hunt, because adrenalin surges increase blood sugar, which gives us the energy we need for bursts of speed.

But in the animal hospital, it’s difficult for the veterinarian to determine whether blood sugar elevations are due to uncontrolled diabetes or stress –- or both.

Monitoring blood sugar at home solves that problem.
For instructions, go to www.veterinarypartner.com and search on “home testing of blood glucose for diabetic cats” to watch a video and slide show.

The video, made by a veterinary student, shows the technique, and the slide show provides details on equipment.

For more information on managing your diabetic cat, see www.petdiabetes.com. Most importantly, communicate often with your veterinarian.

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