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Cataracts & Diabetic Cats

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.
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874521 tn?1424120397
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"

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/feline_diabetes_center.html
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Hello Alicat_uk,

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
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874521 tn?1424120397
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"

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/feline_diabetes_center.html
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Thank you both for your comments and help - glad Sammy is good and well now as is Shaddow
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Hi Alicat_uk,

Thank you. I'm glad too that Shaddow is not longer diabetic either. It's a
win - win.  Great for your kitty and great for you.  Eve ( mother of Sammy
the cat).
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