I have a cat who was previously diagnosed as diabetic and was on various doses of insulin for about 18 months. About 2 years ago insulin was stopped and the cat is well and healthy. I still give him Hills M/D food partly as a precaution and because he strangely won't eat anything else. He won't even eat fish or meat! I understand that it is possible for cats to become non-diabetic (A phenomenon unique to cats)
Anyway my question is how likely is my cat to develop cataracts?
I read that diabetic dogs are much more likely than diabetic cats to get Cataracts.
Just finished reading your comments. Like your cat, our cat called Sammy, was formerly diabetic. We had to give Sammy various doses of insulin for awhile as well. Periodically, Sammy was being given fructosamine tests to measure the amount of sugar in his blood. Eventually, our vet said that according to the last fructosamine test she did , Sammy was no longer diabetic and no longer needed the insulin shots. Anyway, that was about a year ago and Sammy is not longer diabetic. We also had to feed him diabetic food purchased from our vet. Since then, the vet also changed his food as he was somewhat overweight and he is down to the weight that the vet thinks is a good weight for his size. As to the connection between diabetes and cataracts , I have never heard of this. Our Sammy used to eat Purina Diabetic food for cats when he was diabetic and even after he was no longer diabetic. Now he eats a dry food produced by Medi Cal. I've tried to give him some wet Medi Cal canned food as well as the dry food ,, but he just turns up his nose at the canned Medi Cal Calorie Control Food. Perhaps another fur baby parent can provide some answers about the cataract question. I wish you and your kitty well. Eve
well that is certainly good news that both of your kitties have gone on to no longer need insuln, didn't know that was a possibility.
Alicat I found a site that reads "in a dog sugar can enter the lens of the eye causing rapid cataract formation, but the lens of a cat is different(is all it says) this phenomenon primarily occurs in dogs"
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