A break from the normal DIYs and recipes, here’s a short story and review of Young Again Pet Food and how it cured my cat of diabetes.
Meet Scratch, my kitten McMitten and this blog’s namesake. Last summer he was diagnosed with feline diabetes. Two months later he was diabetes-free.
First I noticed our 10 year old, indoor tabby cat was having trouble jumping up onto things. He had fallen a few times and I was concerned. My husband and I began to watch him carefully and quickly noticed that he was walking on his hocks and dragging his feet. We turned to Google and immediately came up with the symptoms of feline diabetes. Scratch had many of them.
Symptoms of Feline Diabetes
- Change in appetite (either increased or decreased)
- Weight loss
- Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption
- Increased urination
- Urinating in areas other than litter box
- Unusually sweet-smelling breath
- Urinary tract infection
- Weak hind legs
- Feet slipping out from under him/her on the floor
- Walking down on the hocks in back and/or on the wrists in front
- Lying down more frequently, especially after short walks
- the list goes on…
Our cat had urinated outside of the litterbox (we thought something in the laundry room spooked him); he drank a lot of water (he always had); lethargy (Really? He’s a cat!); lying down more frequently (don’t cats sleep something like 23 hours a day?). Once we started learning of these symptoms we began to realize that feline diabetes was probably the cause. We brought him to the vet the next day. Sure enough, Scratch was diagnosed with feline diabetes. He was prescribed insulin and I was taught how to administer it. Our vet recommended we change our cat to a low-carb cat food and directed us a to a long list of options. We went beyond the list and with a few Google searches had learned a lot about feline diabetes. We wanted to keep him on a dry food (even after learning that wet food is the better option for diabetic cats) because he uses an automatic feeder and we wanted to keep it that way. We came up with the best dry food for diabetic cats,Young Again Pet Food’s Zero Carb Dry Cat Food, and ordered a bag. Within the first couple of weeks, we noticed a drastic change.
Best Dry Food for Diabetic Cats
After two weeks of insulin and the new zero carb cat food, Scratch had an all-day appointment at the vet to monitor his glucose levels. I brought him in, they checked his glucose levels and sent us home with a lower-dose (by half) insulin prescription. Two more weeks passed (and several boxes of syringes) and Scratch had another glucose test. I brought him in that morning, they tested his glucose levels, cut his insulin dose by half again and sent us home. At home, Scratch was again able to jump up on things that were previously causing him trouble, had no more litterbox incidents, and seemed to have more energy. Three weeks after that we brought Scratch to our vet for a final glucose test. The vet came out of the backroom and said “Congratulations, Scratch doesn’t have diabetes anymore!” No more insulin, no more syringes, no more frequent vet visits. Scratch was back to being a normal cat.
Young Again Zero Carb Cat Food Review
I give Young Again Pet Food’s Zero Carb Cat Food a 10 out of 10 as the best food for diabetic cats. Ever since we changed his food from a mainstream cat food to the zero carb food there have been several positive changes. Not only did our cat no longer have diabetes, he also no longer has a wheezing cough. He’s more social, his “pay attention to me” kitten antics are back, and he wants to play often. Other than myself and my husband noticing the symptoms of feline diabetes, I give all the credit to Young Again’s Zero Carb Food for curing my cat.
I highly recommend checking out this brand if you have a feline friend that you love.