FELINE DIABETES SYMPTOMS
- Increased thirst & More Frequent Urination
When glucose levels become abnormally high, the
glucose is filtered out by the kidney and eliminated through
urine. When kitty eliminates the glucose, he eliminates water.
The high glucose causes kitty to urinate more often, meaning that
kitty loses more water than normal. Kitty must then make up for
this by drinking more water.
- Urinating Outside the Box
Kitty's increased need for urination may at times
force your feline friend to go 'outside the box'. Watch
for this as a possible symptom.
- Decreased Appetite & Weight Loss
Kitties do not eat when they do not feel good. This,
in conjunction with kitty's inability to burn through the
calories he eats means that kitty uses up fat for energy. This in
turn causes weight loss.
- Walking Problems, Weakness & Depression
The loss in weight, may affect muscle mass. This
makes walking more difficult. The less energy and activity kitty
has the more depressed he becomes.
This results from kitty using his fat & muscle
for energy. This causes the development of waste products in
kitty's blood. These cause kitty to become nauseated and
induces vomiting in the process.
TYPES OF DIABETES in Cats
Affects 50-75% of diabetic cats. Kitties with Type I
diabetes are often thin, and can develop serious,
life-threatening conditions due to the body's problems in
burning the right type of calories. Kitties with Type I Diabetes
are thin and require insulin therapy.
Affects 25-50% of cats with diabetes. Type II
Diabetes results in a delay in insulin secretion as the blood
glucose increases. This is followed by excess insulin secretion.
Fortunately, in this type of diabetes, kitty can survive without
additional insulin. Kitties with Type II Diabetes are often
overweight and are treated through specialized diets and medicine to
reduce blood glucose levels.
I hope this has been helpful. Simba
DETECT FELINE DIABETES
Diabetes is diagnosed when tests show persistently high glucose
levels in the blood and urine (it is important to test urine,
because stressed cats produce more glucose in the blood and the
vet visit is stressful to kitty). Tests may also reveal,
increased liver enzymes along with a high cholesterol count. The
levels of potassium, sodium and phosphorous may also be below
TREATMENT FOR CATS WITH DIABETES
What you feed your cat is very important. Many experts believe that like humans, cats with diabetes respond well to low-carbohydrate diets. In general there are three treatment options:
- Insulin injections - often the most difficult for owner and cat. Requires vet-training and frequent testing
- Oral hypoglycemic medications require frequent glucose monitoring. However, many cats still require insulin injections
- Low-carbohydrate diet - easiest to achieve. will require patience. Purina DM Dietetic Management Feline Formula is worth a try
Cat with Diabetes
I found kittencare.com while searching for care information for two, 5-week-old orphans I am adopting this week...it is a great
I am writing is to share an experience I had Recently with my
3-year-old spayed female cat. She was the picture of health, over
ten pounds and with a beautiful coat. She had had regular
veterinary care, and there was no indication of a health problem,
when she began to spray inside the house. The spraying became a chronic problem. She sprayed many times a day, ruining the carpet, hardwood floors, and furniture. I had
never seen a female cat spray.
She would back up to the sofa like
a tomcat. My vet was convinced it was a behavioral problem.
Quite suddenly and dramatically her health declined. She had just
had her annual check up and vaccinations the month before. After
examining her my vet was baffled, and I finally convinced him to
test her urine. Her glucose level was dangerously high, and
subsequent blood tests revealed that diabetes had already caused
internal organ damage.
I had lost an elderly cat to diabetes just
three years before but I did not recognize the symptoms.I think
my vet learned a lesson, and it might be worth mentioning on your
site that people should never assume their cat's spraying
is behavioral until they have completely ruled out a physical
cause. Pat S
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for your letter. Readers -
Take note, kitty may be trying to tell you something. Simba