Purina ”Glucotest” Feline Urinary Glucose Detection System

Now there’s an easier way to help ensure diabetic cats are well controlled at home – with the Purina Glucotest brand Feline Urinary Glucose Detection System. The indicator pieces work in the litter box to alert owners of changes in urine glucose levels that may require veterinary attention.

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Top reviews

Necessary if your cat is diabetic

The Glucotest product is an absolute necessity if your cat is diabetic. Unlike humans, cats can go into spontaneous remission at any time. The possibility of insulin overdose is much higher unless you use the Glucotest product. We check our cat morning and evening and have been able to successfully monitor his levels thanks to the Glucotest product.
MylesLas Piedras, PR

the good, the bad

we order this for our diabetic cat. she has done well for three years with insulin shots twice a day. But we wanted to save the trip to the vets for bloodwork updates and insulin adjustments. We thought we would stress her out less and save a few dollars. Looking at paperwork that came with package we decided to call company and get a report of what is in the little pieces of paper that you place in the litter box. They sent out the requested paperwork. Upon reading it we decided it may not be worth the risk to the cat…if the cat while cleaning herself injected the tiny papers that have chemicals on it. Our vets is close to our house and we will have your monitored that way. On the other hand, we think it’s a great product IF you can monitor your cat when it exits the cat box and make sure there are no test papers on it’s fur, that may work. When we used the test we did not get a color change, not sure if the cat was in normal range or the test was flawed. We’d have to use a few times to really know for sure.
LiliDisputanta, VA

Simple Feline Diabetes Test

This is a terriffic way to confirm a tentative diagnosis of diabetes in a cat without the trauma of taking your cat to the vet or trying to hold a strip to them while urinating. You sprinkle some sugar-detecting “confetti” in the litter box and check it each day for color change. In our Simba, we confirmed high blood sugar and immediately took her off her existing kibble diet (kibbles are generally high in carbohydrates as well as grain products such as flour and gluten that cats and dogs can’t metabolize). She now eats only high-protein grain-free canned food and is symptom free. I highly recommend this product. Purina “Glucotest” Feline Urinary Glucose Detection System (one test packet)
KandraMaury, NC

Great way to monitor kitty’s glucose

Our cat was recently diagnosed with diabetes. He hates going to the vet, and from what I have read glucose readings spike when the cat is under stress, so we wanted to be able to test at home. Our cat is already unhappy with insulin shots, so we did not want to have to poke him and draw blood to test his insulin.

We just received the Glucotest pack and I have to say this is the easiest way to monitor glucose. I know it’s working, because my cat without diabetes uses the box and the test strips do not register a high glucose level. A couple of things are a pain, but that is not the fault of the product.

1) You have to watch them and monitor when they go in and out of the box, especially with two cats. We have two boxes, but since we can’t gaurantee that the cat always goes to the same box we have to be diligent so that we don’t see the non-diabetic cat’s sample and assume it is our diabetic cat’s.

2) We use scoopable litter, so we have to dig around in the clump (I use a nail file & tweezers….eek) to pull out the test strip. It’s worth it to help my kitty, but certainly kind of yucky.

Otherwise, so far so good. The first time we used this we realized that our kitty’s blood sugar was still very high, which surprised us since we had been upping his insulin based on his water intake & other behavioral factors (at the advice of our vet). Now we will be able to gather better info and pass that on to our vet, and adjust his meds acordingly.

HienWheatland, IN

Purina “Glucotest”

The Purina Glucotest packet I purchased was easy to use and according to my vet, the results are reliable. It was delivered in a timely manner.
ElyseMachias, ME

Glucotest for management of feline diabetes

Purina Glucotest is a wonderful product to use, in conjunction with veterinary monitoring, to manage feline diabetes. My cat has been diabetic for 2 months, & is now getting better, because I have this product to use. It came quickly & worked very well for us. I have ordered at least 10 packets, and all of them worked well. Thank you Purina!!
DinaLilly, PA

Glucotest chips (mini glucose monitors for litter box)

Great product at a reasonable price. Arrived very quickly too, with a 3 year shelf life. Fantastic! 🙂
IngridFort Rock, OR

Purina Glucotest is a godsend!

I could not believe my prayers were answered when I discovered this product! My cat was suffering from transient diabetes (caused by steroids). He was heading for remission as the glucose levels began to drop but as the levels dropped, we had to keep adjusting his insulin to prevent hypoglycemia. I had been monitoring his urine glucose using Keto-Diastix for humans. This involved following him around until he was ready to urinate and then holding the stick in the stream to get a reading. (My cat and I have a very trusting relationship.)

We had a holiday trip planned and I was a basket case worrying about how my pet sitter was going to find the time and patience to accomplish this during her busy holiday schedule. My Vet (the guy with the wings) mentioned he had heard of something that you sprinkle in the litter box and it gives you a reading. He wasn’t sure about it and had never seen the product. An online search brought it up immediately in Amazon and I promptly purchased a package. Sure enough, this package contained little pieces of confetti which you sprinkle into the litter box. It lasts for five days and the color of the confetti tells you the level of glucose in the urine. Genious!!! We went on our vacation without fear, the sitter monitored the litter and all went splendidly! By the time we got home, our kitty had gone completely into remission and was feeling fine. The litter was clear and we were all very happy.
This product is a godsend for anyone who can’t be there 24/7 to monitor their cat and can’t do blood tests. Let’s hear it for Vets with wings, Purina and Amazon!

FatimahHanna, UT

mediocre performance

I use Feline Pine, so the sprinkles dont stand out very much. Some had darker colors than others. The price was outrageous per test. I found a regular urine strip more dependable.
ShawnMulhall, OK

Good initial test product if you suspect your cat is diabetic

If the result is borderline or higher take your cat to the Veterinary ASAP! to confirm the findings.
A simple change in his/her diet could be all is needed.
MandiMcarthur, CA

Convenient glucose testing for cats.

This product makes it very easy to check the urinary glucose levels in my diabetic cat. Try chasing a cat around to get a fresh urine sample.
MySalem, VA

Saved my kitten from more blood tests

You need to use a whole packet of the Glucotest at a time, and check the litter 2-3 times per day to assure accuracy. Outside factors may have caused a faulty result from an earlier blood test for our kitten, but the test confetti did NOT turn colors. We are comfortable that our kitten is diabetes free, without subjecting him to more blood tests. Works great!
AnnamarieOakland, NE

saved my cat and me

The glucotest really works. I wanted an alternative to sticking my diabetic cat’s ears to test his glucose levels. He was getting inconsistent readings at the vet because he was too stressed out there. (I took him off all grain, fed him canned meat catfood, then switched to the raw (frozen) meat diet). To successfully use the purina glucotest confetti, make sure you mix it thoroughly into your cat’s litter so it is all submerged. Any pieces floating on top I found did not give an accurate reading.The pieces that were submerged showed consistent readings and were verified by a recent blood test done at the vets when he was calm and not stressed. I checked the pieces by scooping up the clump of pee from litterbox and placing it on a piece of newspaper. That gave me room to pick out submerged confetti pieces with a pair of tweezers. That sounds wierd, but I am so pleased to be able to help my cat get healthy. He is stable now and getting better.
NellieBasin, MT

A very good way to know if your kitty is in distress

Directions are easy and so are the reading of the results. This is much simpler than ketosis stix because you don’t have to be present when the cat uses the litter box and absorption is actually to the result-reader’s benefit.
GenaroSaint Helena Island, SC

Purina glucose test strips area blessing

OMG…I don’t know what I would do without these strips….It’s cheaper than going to the vets a few times a week, which I was doing. It’s less stressful than pricking the ear vein with a people meter which is NOT calabrated the same for a cat. I monitor the test strips 24 hours a day as I take my cat to work with me…and I get up every 3 hours to check his levels.
I am not changing what works…This is a miracle product. Donna Fenza- Sea Isle City, NJ
RoyMedaryville, IN

Diabetic or Not??

This is the first time I ever used this product but cant make up my mind if its helped determine if my cat is diabetic or not. I followed the directions but the results seemed inconclusive. Will be taking my cat to the vet. Id say take the money you wouldve spent on this and use it toward a vet and tests.
KellePlantsville, CT

Reliable & easy to use

My cat turned diabetic in March after being put on steroids for a lung infection. I have been using this Glucotest product from Purina in her kitty litter to monitor the amount of sugar in her urine since that time. The squares started out in the very darkest brown category (high sugar output). After months of monitoring her urine with these squares every time she went, and keeping her vet informed and adjusting the amount of insulin she gets in the a.m. and p.m., it is exciting to see the squares are not changing color anymore and she is going into remission! So, I want to encourage buyers to use this product in conjunction with your vet’s professional orders for your cat. I bought this on Amazon, which was a lot cheaper than at the vet’s office. It was shipped very quickly and I received it in just two days! Thanks Purina for a valuable product!
EzequielMuses Mills, KY

Good to check your cats glucose in the litter box

I bought this because my Vet said my Cat is
pre-diabetic. He’s on a low carb cat food
diet, but I wanted to check his glucose
without using an ear prick & monitor. The
paper pieces show the amount of glucose in
his urine, so I was able to determine that
he’s still “pre-diabetic” and not in need
of insulin injections just yet. It’s a
good product to determine the level of
glucose in your cat, and the higher the
level, the more you will need to visit your
Vet to check for glucose levels and possibly
to begin insulin injections.
MauriceDawson, PA

Glycotest

Took a while to get the hang of it, but seems to work well and lets me know how Aslan is doing. The vet was familiar with the test and is glad I am using it so I know if and when what we are doing is not working as it shouold be.
SangLake Fork, IL