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Insulin for diabetic cats

Diabetic cats will almost certainly need twice daily injections of insulin. Although the idea of injecting your cat with insulin can be very scary, with time and practice (as with most things) it will get easier.

The needles and syringes used for insulin are extremely small and injections are very well tolerated. The injection is given under the skin at the back of the neck. We or your veterinarian will help to teach you how to do this. It can also help if we clip some of your cat's fur on the back of the neck so it is easier to see what you are doing.

Many cats can easily be distracted by the use of food treats (e.g. Dine Creamy Treats or some of their cat biscuits or other special treats). With practice, an insulin injection can be administered easily to most cats by a single person.

Please see the following videos on insulin pens and administration: Administering insulin to your cat using an insulin pen & Insulin Pens

Insulin for diabetic cats

Storing and handling insulin

Insulin is a fragile compound and must be stored properly to ensure it works appropriately. If using an insulin pen, this should be kept somewhere cool but not in the fridge as this may affect the mechanism of the pen.

If using insulin in a bottle or cartridge, then this should be kept in the fridge. Avoid keeping insulin in the fridge door as the opening and closing can damage the fragile insulin compounds.

Before using insulin, it should be gently mixed but gentling rolling the bottle in the palm of your hand. Do not shake it. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian carefully.

If you are unsure if your cat has received their insulin, do not given a second dose. It is better to skip a dose, than give too much insulin.

Storing and handling insulin


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