Thursday 16 March 2017

Feline Diabetes

Early detection of feline diabetes can save your cat's life.

SYMPTOMS for feline diabetes can vary considerably because many of the symptoms of are characteristic of other illnesses and diseases. Some of the more common symptoms of feline diabetes include the following:

  • an increase in thirst is one of the earliest and most noticeable symptoms. Ordinarily, cats whose diet consists primarily of wet canned food may not drink a lot of water due to the high water content of their food. So you may notice that the level in your cat's water bowl is dropping faster than usual.
  • frequent urination
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • dull coat
  • walking on hocks (joint of the rear leg) instead of paws
  • cataracts forming on eyes

If your cat is exhibiting any of these symptoms take it to a veterinarian. Diagnosis of cat diabetes is not necessarily straightforward, since stress and other illnesses can cause temporary imbalances in your cat's blood glucose levels. A thorough physical exam as well as an array of blood and urine tests are needed to obtain a proper diagnosis.

What is the Treatment for Cat Diabetes?

With early detection, your cat may continue to live a normal and otherwise healthy life. Regular exams should be scheduled to ensure the continued good health of your cat, and in all likelihood, your cat will need injections of insulin twice a day. This is a simple procedure that your vet can train you how to do. Once the diabetes is under control, you may be able to reduce the amount of insulin. In the meantime, the best routine to develop is to give the injection to your cat every morning and evening right after its meal.

Special Diet

There are cat food formulations that have been optimized for diabetic cats. If your vet recommends this as an approach to controlling your cat's diabetes, you may need to keep your cat indoors to control its diet.

Untreated Diabetes

Feline diabetes that remains undetected or untreated can have drastic consequences. Typically, the cat becomes less and less active and falls into a coma. So iff your cat is manifesting any of the symptoms described here,  get it checked by your vet as quickly as possible. Doing so can save your cat's life.

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  1. Didn't know cats could get diabetes. Guess other animals can too.

  2. Definitely something to look out for.


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