Information on Diabetic Cats

Don't let diabetes rule your pet's life.

Don't let diabetes rule your pet's life.

In household cats, diabetes is one of the most common medical conditions. The ailment stems from improper bodily insulin production or use. Thankfully, with the right veterinary treatment and a little TLC from you, the disorder can't stop your precious cat from being happy, healthy and active for life.

Cause

When a cat has diabetes, her body loses the ability to make sufficient insulin in order to even out blood sugar levels. This inability ultimately leads to raised glucose levels. No proof yet exists on the specific cause of feline diabetes, although it is often linked to weight. When a cat carries extra weight, her body doesn't react to insulin's functioning as efficiently, thus leading to the unpleasant symptoms of diabetes. Overweight and obese felines are much more likely to have the disorder, especially if they are on the elderly side.

Symptoms

If you own a cat, it is important to be very vigilant when it comes to the little one's health. When it comes to diabetes, this alertness is especially crucial for heavyset senior cats. However, cats of any age and size at all can be affected. Be on the lookout for common indications of diabetes such as throwing up, respiratory issues, frequent urination, loss of appetite, unpleasant breath and dandruff.

Veterinary Attention

If you notice even one sign of diabetes in your sweet kitty, get her to the veterinarian as soon as possible. The sooner you know exactly what is going on with regards to your dear pet's health, the sooner you can get on the track to helping her manage and treat it. It is potentially very dangerous -- and deadly -- to ignore the symptoms of diabetes. Don't waste any time when it comes to your cat's well-being and safety. Treatment options can range anywhere from insulin injections to small food adjustments.

Diet

When your cat has diabetes, the goal is to keep her happy and healthy to the best of your ability. Speak to the veterinarian about putting together a healthy and sensible diabetes-friendly diet plan for your cat. With diabetes, dietary changes are often a must. Diabetic felines tend to benefit from foods that are chock-full both in complex carbohydrates and fiber. These components simultaneously can help control glucose levels while also assisting your pet in healthy weight loss. Definitely a win-win situation. Although feline diabetes doesn't have an actual "cure" per se, with a little care and attention on your part, blood sugar stabilization is definitely possible.

 

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