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Volume 25(3), Autumn 2015

Commissioned paper

Home monitoring of

the feline diabetic

by Yaiza Forcada

“Clinical signs will never lie;

all glycaemic parameters can and on occasion will do so, especially if clinicians and owners focus only on the numbers of the glycaemic tests and ignore what the clinical picture is telling them.”

The home monitoring of diabetic cats is an extremely useful tool with significant benefits for patients, owners and veterinary surgeons. The veterinary surgeon should have a flexible approach towards the tools that are employed to obtain the most satisfactory results for each cat and owner combination. In general, no one single management recipe will be appropriate or successful for all cases; however, the veterinary surgeon should always combine the information obtained from the blood glucose curves with that of the clinical signs displayed by the cat, prior to making any changes or adjustments to the insulin dose. In most cases, performing home monitoring of diabetic cats will result in improved quality of life for the cat and an improved professional relationship between the veterinary surgeon and the owner.

Useful links

for owners:

Advantages of home monitoring

Diabetic monitoring: guidelines


Suggested path of diabetic monitoring after the diagnosis of DM


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