Feline diabetes: Cat diabetes symptoms and treatment

Feline diabetes: Cat diabetes symptoms and treatment

Recognizing feline diabetes.

Feline diabetes symptoms are not all that different from diabetes symptom in humans. Here are the main feline diabetes symptoms that will be noticeable to pet owners:

1) Excessive urination

2) Excessive drinking

3) Increased appetite

4) Feline diabetes dermatitis as noted by dry and scaly skin

5) Problems walking and jumping

6) Lethargy and listlessness

The trick in diagnosing cat diabetes is that the most obvious of these feline diabetes symptoms (namely excessive urination, drinking and appetite) are also indicative of other feline conditions, such as thyroid problems.

Therefore, the feline diabetes symptoms should act as warning signals to the pet owner that something is wrong. After that, the pet owner should rely on the veterinarian to make the diagnosis. Blood work is usually the first diagnostic tool used when looking into whether the presented symptoms should be diagnosed as feline diabetes.

Treatment of Feline Diabetes.

1. Diet changes to lose weight.

The veterinarian will review the diet of a cat diagnosed with feline diabetes. If the cat is receiving treats and extra food causing obesity, this may be contributing to the cat’s diabetes. In cases of feline diabetes, a change in diet is often in order. One reason for changing the diet in a cat diagnosed with feline diabetes is to help the cat lose weight. Maintaining an appropriate weight is advantageous to the cat with feline diabetes.

2. Diet changes to treat glucose levels.

Another reason for changing the diet of a cat with feline diabetes is to keep glucose at an appropriate level. Cats with feline diabetes tend to respond well to high protein, low carbohydrate diets and in some cases the diet for a cat with feline diabetes should also be high in fiber and low in fat.

3. Medication treatment of feline diabetes.

At times a change in diet will be enough to control feline diabetes. If this is not the case, the veterinarian will prescribe medication. Most often feline diabetes is treated with insulin shots given by the pet owner according to the specifications of the veterinarian. Management of feline diabetes is often fragile; therefore, each case of feline diabetes should be dealt with individually.

How cat diabetes affects the health of your pet.

The effect of cat diabetes on the health of a pet is very similar to the effect diabetes has on the human body. High glucose levels put an increased burden on kidneys, eyes and cardiac systems. High glucose levels will result in a recurrence of the feline diabetes symptoms. Also, there is a possibility that insulin used to treat feline diabetes can lead to glucose levels dipping too low. Pet owners should be prepared for this by keeping honey or syrup on hand to counteract low glucose levels in the pet with feline diabetes.

It is important in both cases to follow the prescribed treatment. If treatment is followed, feline diabetes can be managed in most cases. Over time, feline diabetes often damages the kidneys, eyes, and cardiac systems, but good management of glucose levels in the cat with feline diabetes symptoms will help to prevent or slow the deterioration of these systems.

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