Home-monitoring of blood glucose in cats with diabetes mellitus: evaluation over a 4-month period

J Feline Med Surg. 2005 Jun;7(3):163-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2004.08.006. Epub 2005 Jan 7.


Home-monitoring of blood glucose concentrations has recently been introduced to owners. The objectives of this study were to investigate the feasibility of home-monitoring of blood glucose in diabetic cats by owners, the problems encountered and to compare glucose concentrations at home with those measured in the hospital. Twelve of 15 cat owners were able to generate glucose curves over the study period of 4 months. Most problems were related to restraining the cat, generating negative pressure with the lancing device and producing a blood drop. In the majority of cases, these problems could be resolved during the study. Blood glucose concentrations in the clinic tended to be lower than at home; some of the differences were significant. No association between tolerance of the procedure and blood glucose concentrations measured at home was found. We, therefore, assume that the lower glucose levels in the hospital were caused by lack of food intake. In 38% of cases, treatment based on hospital curves would have been different from that based on home curves. Home-monitoring appears to be a valuable tool in the management of cats with diabetes mellitus. One of its major advantages is that it enables frequent generation of blood glucose curves, which is of particular importance in cats that are difficult to regulate.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring / methods
  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring / veterinary*
  • Blood Specimen Collection / veterinary*
  • Cat Diseases / blood*
  • Cats
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / veterinary*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Animal
  • Male
  • Observer Variation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Time Factors


  • Blood Glucose