Diabetes in cats is a problem that vets in Surrey see frequently in their surgeries. Approximately 200 cats in the U.K. are suffering from feline diabetes mellitus. Just as in the human form of the disease, the body of a diabetic animal does not produce enough insulin, resulting in raised levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Recent studies undertaken in Australia have shown that feline diabetes is often an inherited condition, with the Burmese being a particularly susceptible breed.
Diabetes is a treatable condition, especially when caught and treated early. As a matter of fact, around half of all cats with this condition make a full recovery. One of the major causes of feline diabetes in obesity, so it is important to keep your pet’s weight always in check. The disease usually becomes apparent at around 7 – 10 years of age, and symptoms you may notice include gradual weight loss without any loss of appetite, increased thirst, blood in the urine, and a poor coat.
A cat with diabetes will likely experience vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and loss of appetite. In worst cases, the cat will dehydrate, be in a coma, and eventually die. Fortunately, with the advice and support of a vet, your cat’s diabetes can be managed.
The treatment for most cats with diabetes consists of twice-daily injections of insulin; this may sound daunting but injections into the back of the neck do not cause the cat any discomfort. At the same time, vets in Sutton, Surrey may prescribe a special diet for diabetic cats.
Fussy eaters who do not appreciate the prescribed food may be given any proprietary brand that is low in carbohydrate and high in protein. If the vet suspects that obesity has contributed to the onset of diabetes, he or she may recommend restricting the cat’s calorie intake in order to achieve a healthier weight.
After diagnosis, the vet will probably want to see your cat regularly at first, in order to monitor its blood sugar levels and weight, and to ensure that you are administering the insulin injections correctly. Eventually, however, you should be able to monitor blood sugar levels yourself and vet visits should become less frequent.
Feline Diabetes, Feline-Friendsorg.uk
Feline Diabetes: Symptoms, Treatments, Prevention, and Diet Tips, WebMD.com