Temporary Diabetes in Cats

Watching your cat's diet and weight can make diabetes a temporary issue.
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Your cat's diagnosis of diabetes is not necessarily a life sentence. Diabetes caused by certain causes is reversible. In such cases, once you deal with the root problem, your cat's blood sugar and insulin levels should return to normal, allowing her to discontinue medication and treatment.

A Weighty Issue

If your kitty is a bit on the heavy side, it's possible that her diabetes was brought on by her excess weight. You can work with her to reverse the diabetes by feeding her a veterinarian-recommended diet and encouraging physical play to help improve her physique.

The Pancreas Factor

The pancreas is the organ that produces insulin. If your cat develops pancreatitis or other pancreas issues, her insulin production can be disrupted, causing her to develop diabetes. If your cat can be successfully treated for pancreatitis, bringing the organ back to a normal functioning state, her insulin levels should return to normal, allowing her to regulate her blood sugar and reversing the diabetes.


Some medications can cause weight gain, which can lead to diabetes. Prednisone is one drug that is known to bring on weight gain that presents diabetes. It not only causes an increase in appetite that results in weight gain, it has the further complication of making cats insulin-resistant. The good news is that typically a medication like prednisone isn't given long-term, meaning your kitty's prednisone-provoked diabetes should be temporary and should disappear once she is off the drug.

Risk Factors

Some factors that make your kitty more prone to developing diabetes. A weight issue coupled with a problem with her pancreas, or a medication that can cause her to become insulin-resistant, might make her all the more likely to end up with the disease. Hormone and pituitary gland problems, breed types, hyperthyroidism, advanced age and Cushing's disease are issues that can prompt diabetes in your cat. If your cat is female, she has a mark in her favor: Male cats of any breed tend to have a higher risk than females.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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