Caesar has always been fussy with his food. Yes, that is frustrating!
But I thought I had it all sorted –
Breakfast: Whiskas pouches
Dinner: fresh cubed pork meat
Snacks: Purina One dry cat food
(Note: Feed Raw and Dry at the Same Time?)
After the diabetes diagnosis I looked carefully at the Purina One and Whiskas labels. It is time to figure out what is a good diet for cats with diabetes.
The Purina One contains high glycemic ingredients that are totally not good for cats – brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn. While Whiskas contains cereal and cereal derivatives.
My vet sold me Hills Prescription Diet dry food that also contains cereal ingredients that I am not happy with. I intend phasing out all dry food.
The trouble with the above ingredients is that they cause diabetes because they act like sugar – they are high glycemic.
My next trip to the supermarket had me reading all the ingredient labels in the pet food aisle.
Protocol for Success in Managing Feline Diabetes: To find a good wet commercial food for any cat, be sure to read the label on the can or pouch. If you see ingredients like corn flour, corn grits, corn gluten, rice or rice four, potato, sweet potato, carrots or any kind of fruit, don’t feed that food. Cats do not need cereals, vegetables or fruit. These ingredients are included because they appeal to the pet food purchaser. They have nothing whatsoever to do with good feline nutrition.
The less ingredients listed, the healthier the product. The canned foods come out best – except I noticed that canned foods containing meat also included cereals. The canned fish products are the best. I also bought canned sardines in spring water for treats. And a can of mackerels in spring water to try out.
So the daily menu is now:
Breakfast: Canned food
Snacks: Hills Prescription dry food (which Caesar is not eating and I plan to completely phase out)
Dinner: as before, the fresh cubed pork meat
He is still LOUDLY letting me know he is hungry. I have been putting him outside – it’s not raining at present but when it does rain I will just have to shut him in the laundry.