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luvmykitties posted:
I have a diabetic cat who is on a special diet and receives insulin injections. I just recently had a cat who had major rectal prolapse surgery and is now on a special diet as well because the vet thinks she has food allergies. He prescribed Hills Feline Allergen z/d (dry) and w/d (can). He is not sure if my diabetic cat can eat this food. I have e-mailed Hills and am also going to call. I know my diabetic cat should not be eating dry and it isn't good for any of my babies but have not started the process of weening it from them. Besides the BLUE that I buy for Callie, my diabetic baby, I now have to buy special for Sassy (rectal prolapse girl). Help....my pocketbook cannot stand another special diet. Any and all help greatly appreciated
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Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Unfortunately, this is a common problem, where one cat needs a different diet than the other. It may be possible to find a diet they can both eat, but it may not be ideal for either one of them. For instance, Hill's W/D used to be recommended for diabetic cats (before M/D was available) so it may be possible to feed this in dry form to both cats and feed them different canned diets separately (as they'll usually eat the canned food quickly.) This is really a question for your veterinarian, since he knows both cats well. He can call the food manufacturer's technical support line for recommendations if needed. No matter what, your diabetic cat may need a change in insulin dose if her diet is changed.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
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