Diabetes in cats – be aware of the symptoms

Diabetes in people is quite common, and we have a good idea of what to look out for. The question is: do you know that cats also suffer from diabetes? Even more important: do you know what the symptoms are? If you suspect that your cat suffers from diabetes, have a look at the symptoms and consult with your vet as soon as possible. It could be a life changer for both you and your beloved cat.

Checklist

Does your cat show these main signs?

  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased urination
  • Straining to pass urine and/or passing bloody urine associated with a bacterial urinary tract infection
  • Poor coat
  • Enlargement of the liver that will be evident when examined by a vet

Types of diabetes

There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes: the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin.

Type 2 diabetes: the body’s cells don’t respond well to insulin.

In both instances your cat will suffer from high blood sugar levels, as the body can’t process the available glucose.

Which cats can be affected?

  • Older cats
  • Neuters
  • Males
  • Obese cats

Diet management

While underweight cats may need an energy-dense diet, overweight cats should be placed on a weight-loss programme. In both instances, a vet should oversee the diet programme and the animal’s progress.

Low-carbohydrate diets have been recommended, as they can assist to reduce the requirement of insulin.

Never assume that you know the health status of your cat. Rather visit the vet and make certain that your cat is as healthy as she can be. Also, follow the vet’s instructions – they know what is best for your pet.