If your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, you will understand how important it is to keep an eye on its blood sugar levels. If your cat's blood sugar becomes too low, they may fall into a diabetic coma. If your cat enters a diabetic coma and is unresponsive and fitting, its life may be at risk so you should take the following steps.
Rub icing sugar into your cat's gums
If you cat has begun to fit, you should gently pull back the lips and then rub some icing sugar around its teeth and gums. Sugar from the icing will be absorbed through the membrane of the gums and will enter the bloodstream, quickly raising your cat's blood sugar levels.
Administer a sugar solution
As your pet begins to regain conscious control of their body, you should mix a spoonful of sugar with a cup of warm water, then slowly drip this solution into their mouth. The sugar/water solution will help to keep your cat hydrated while also boosting their blood sugar levels.
Comfort and stroke your cat
While it can be scary to see your cat in distress, it is important that you remember to offer them plenty of strokes and affection during the recovery period. You cat is likely to be a little shook up by the experience and stroking and petting them will help to calm you both down.
Keep your cat indoors
Once your cat is back on its feet, you should monitor it closely and ensure that any cat flaps and doors are locked so it cannot venture outside. Having been in a diabetic coma, it is likely your cat will be a little unsteady on their feet, which could cause them to have an accident if they go roaming outside alone.
Contact an emergency vet
Even if your cat seems to have made a full recovery, it is wise to contact an emergency vet so you can arrange a checkup. The vet will be able to assess you cat, rehydrate them using a drip and check their insulin levels.
While a diabetic emergency can be pretty scary, the vast majority of cases have a happy ending when immediate medical care and support is provided. Your cat should be back to normal within the next few days. If you have any concerns about the health of your cat, you should contact an emergency vet immediately.