Diabetes in Cats

Monitoring Urine Glucose & Ketones

Tracking Diabetes in Your Cat's Urine

Immediately following diagnosis, your veterinarian may ask you to check your cat's urine to monitor glucose and ketones. Depending on your pet, this may be done 1–3 times a day:

  • Early in the morning, just before the Vetsulin® injection
  • Late in the afternoon, just before the second injection
  • Late in the evening

If monitoring once daily, the measurement should occur at the same time every day.

Collecting Urine

As treatment progresses, less frequent testing will be needed. Regular examinations remain important though, because your cat's Vetsulin needs can change.

Tools for Collecting

  • Clean containers for collecting urine
  • Urine dipsticks from your veterinarian
  • A place to record results

How to Collect

  • Have a clean, dry container (dish, bowl, or small pan) ready to catch urine when your cat urinates
  • When your cat begins to urinate, slowly slide the container under the urine stream
  • Place your cat in his litter box
  • Alternatively, there are special cat litters that can help with urine collection, such as hydrophobic (non-absorbing) sand. Kit4Cat is one brand that can be top coated to your regular litter.

Using Urine Dipsticks

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Step 1

Read instructions for dipsticks you are using to ensure test results are completed successfully.

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Step 2

Remove one test strip and fully immerse in urine to ensure all pads are soaked.

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Step 3

Immediately remove the test strip and tap to remove excess urine.

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Step 4

Read the result after the time specified on the dipstick bottle.

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Step 5

Hold the stick against the chart on the dipstick container to compare colors.

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Step 6

Record the results. Include time of collection and time of Vetsulin given on that day.

Tracking Results

Recording your cat’s results is important to properly manage care. Keep track using the Pet Diabetes Tracker app or download a copy of the management monitoring sheet.

Tracking Tools & Resources

  1. Pet Diabetes Tracker app
    Review and keep important information to manage care.
  2. Blood Glucose Curve Tool
    Easily record blood glucose readings to generate a blood glucose curve.
  3. Helpful Downloads
    Additional resources to understand and manage cat diabetes.

Talk to Your Vet Today

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