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Dear Christopher Cat

My diabetic cat urinates a large volume of smelly urine. She eats dry and canned cat foods. Can you suggest a type or brand of food that will reduce the amount and odor of her urine?

Christopher Responds

I learned from living with my diabetic feline brother that cats with diabetes drink and urinate excessively when their disease isn’t well controlled.

Your cat’s offensive urine odor suggests she may have a urinary tract infection, a problem that’s common in cats with uncontrolled diabetes.

So it’s time to visit your veterinarian for a physical exam, urine testing to determine whether your cat has an infection, and evaluation of her diabetic control using one or both of these blood tests:

  • a glucose curve to chart your cat’s blood sugar (glucose) every couple of hours throughout the day, starting immediately before her morning medication and continuing for at least 12 hours;

  • fructosamine, to measure her average blood sugar over the previous couple of weeks.

Once your cat’s diabetes is under control and her urinary tract infection is eliminated, her urine volume and odor should return to normal.

With regard to food, Mom fed my diabetic brother a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. Examples are Hill’s m/d, Purina DM and Natura EVO.

 

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