Could Your Cat Be Diabetic?
Meet Monty! This gorgeous boy is looking much better after being successfully treated for uncontrolled diabetes!
Could your cat be diabetic? Just like humans cats can develop diabetes during their lifetime. It is characterised by elevated blood glucose or blood sugar levels. Cats most at risk of developing diabetes are cats who are overweight, cats over 8 years of age, male cats and Burmese cats.
Signs and Symptoms of diabetes in cats are usually
- increase in thirst (often you will notice you are refilling the water bowl more regularly)
-increase in urination
-and an increased appetite.
Diabetes is diagnosed through blood and urine testing. A diabetic cat will have high blood glucose levels and also the presence of glucose in their urine.
Treatment usually involves daily insulin injections and regular blood testing to monitor to blood glucose levels. Diet is also a key factor in managing diabetes in cats. A diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein will be recommended for the diabetic cat.
Diabetes can become life threatening should it be left untreated. If you are concerned that your cat may be displaying symptoms of diabetes call and make an appointment to see one of our vets here at Northern Illawarra Veterinary Hospital on 02 4238 8575