How to administer insulin to your cat

to keep your diabetic pet happy and

healthy giving insulin injections will

become an important part of your daily

routine insulin administration is an

important piece of your pet's diabetes

treatment and is just another way to

show how much you care

initially giving your pet an insulin

injection may seem intimidating or

overwhelming but over time the process

will become just another part of your


this short video will walk you through

each step of the administration process

your veterinary team will be able to

give you advice specific to your pets

needs let's get started

unless otherwise directed by your

veterinarian feed your pet before giving

insulin take your pet's insulin out of

the refrigerator and prepare it

according to your veterinarians

instructions some types of insulin

should be rolled between your hands to

gently mix it while another type must be

shaken until it appears milky clean the

rubber stopper by wiping it with rubbing

alcohol it's very important to make sure

you're giving the correct amount of

insulin with the correct syringe your

veterinarian will let you know how many

units of insulin your pet should receive

and which type of syringe to use while

many people aren't comfortable around

needles and syringes remember that

insulin needles are very small and very

sharp so your pet will barely feel the

injection never change your pet's

insulin dose or the type of syringe

without speaking with your veterinary

team to prepare the syringe first remove

the cap draw a pair into the syringe to

the number of units your pet will

receive we will use five units as an

example inject the air into the insulin

bottle this helps keep the pressure in

the bottle stable over time turn the

insulin bottle upside down making sure

the tip of the needle is covered by

liquid this ensures that once you start

pulling back on the plunger you're

drying up liquid not just air draw up

the prescribed amount of insulin in our

case five units now it's time to find

our patient and give them some TLC you

may need help from another person to

keep your pet still but some will stand

quietly if distracted with low

carbohydrate treats

find a good location for the injection

that works for you and your pet many

pets tolerate injections well when given

about one to two inches from the middle

of the back near the shoulder blade or

the hip bone be sure to alternate the

location each time to avoid soreness

pinch a fold of skin into a tent and

gently insert the needle into the center

of the fold for safety and to keep from

losing any of your pets dose do not

place your finger on the plunger until

the needle is in the skin once the

needle is through the skin draw back the

plunger if you see blood enter the

syringe you're in a blood vessel pull

the needle out and try another location

if you do not see blood enter the

syringe gently push the plunger all the

way down until the full dose has been

given remove the needle from the skin

run your hand over the injection site to

feel for moisture this could be the

insulin wasn't correctly injected under

the skin call your veterinarian if this

occurs safely dispose of the needle and

syringe and a closed sharps container

talk to your veterinarian if you need

one now celebrate you did it diabetes

management is a journey filled with ups

and downs and your veterinary team will

be beside you to make your pets future

as bright as it can be