Just found out our cat has diabetes. Do we need to use the prescription food or is regular wet food just as good?

The vet recommended Hills MD so the cat can have a high protein, low carb diet. But when we compared that to our regular Friskies wet food, it had fewer grams of protein (49-43) and more carbs (9-14). So can we just use the Friskies wet food?

Asked by Justin Simon

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Justin, it’s great that you’re being so thorough in researching your cat’s condition. The key to managing a diabetic cat is consistency of energy in and energy out. So, If your cat eats the same amount of food at the same time each day and has the same amount of exercise, it will be much easier to keep their insulin needs and glucose levels stable (although in my experience exercise isn’t high on the priority list of many cats!).

I can’t offer any specific advice on your question because I’ve not examined your cat or their blood test results. Your query is definitely a good one but I think it’s best directed to your cat’s veterinarian. They know your cat and their medical history, and they’ll be able to explain why they’ve recommended that particular diet for them. | 05.22.16 @ 11:57
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