He is not on insulin right now. The vet told me that any dry food (even the diabetic dry foods) are much higher in carbohydrates than wet food and that the carbohydrates are what he needs to avoid. I checked a couple of websites concerning pet foods and she seems to be right. One of them listed the carbohydrate percentages and it was always higher for dry foods. Although if I remember correctly, the Purina DM Dry only had about 15% carbs while the wet had maybe 4%. I could be off a few percentage points there but I do remember canned was lower.
My vet said that she went to a diabetic cat seminar recently and they had reports from studies that had been done and it showed that, as in people, overweight cats are more likely to develop diabetes. They now believe that fat cells, rather than just sitting there like a blob, are actually responsible for releasing hormones that wreak havoc with the pancreas and insulin production and they are actually seeing the link now between too much fat stores in the body and type II diabetes.
I couldnt imagine giving my cat up so I'm in this for the long haul. I've already shelled out over 200 dollars in a little over a week and my food bill just went from maybe 10 bucks a month to about 40 or more. If it helps him it is worth it. She seemed to think that since he is responding so well with diet, that as of right now anyway, insulin is avoidable for the near future.
Does anyone know whether a diabetic cat can be expected to live as long on average as a non diabetic cat if it is kept regulated??