Cats can be afflicted with diabetes, even though this serious decease is more common in people.  Through badly processed, artificial foods that we have fed our friends for many years, the loss of high quality nutrients have been lost. It is very important for pet owners to understand this decease and how to deal with treatments.

Understanding how diabetes affects your cat will help make your friend’s life a long, happy and healthy one.

There are two types of diabetes that affect cats.  The first type is caused by the insufficient production of insulin within the body.  The level of blood sugar in an animal is kept under control by hormone insulin, which the pancreas produces.  When the pancreas no longer produces the proper level of insulin, they will develop diabetes. Although Diabetes can strike at any age, similar to people, it is more likely to appear in older cats.

The Second type of Diabetes is caused by some decease that possibly impairs the natural process of insulin in the body or possibly by drugs.

The symptoms of feline diabetes will vary.  The most common symptoms include an increase in urine and an increase in thirst.  Other symptoms may include a loss of appetite, poor appearance to their coats, and vomiting.  With the body’s inability to process or handle glucose, cats may also experience weight loss.

If your cat experiences any combination or a constant on one of these symptoms, it is advisable that you have your Vet run a sugar level test both in the blood and urine.  The reason for testing both the urine and blood sugar is because when  a cat is stressed, their blood sugar can rise naturally.  Running both these tests will confirm or relieve you from the concern of diabetes.

If you don’t get your cat treated for feline diabetes immediately, your cat will eventually become inactive, vomit on a regular basis, and eventually fall into a coma.  On the other hand, if you get the diabetes treated in time, your cat will probably live a normal and healthy life.  Treatment takes time and dedication, just as in humans.

Just as in people, there is no cure for this decease but there are treatments.

One treatment for cats is a diet and weight control.  A diet that is high in fiber and complex carbohydrates.  This type of diet will maintain your cat’s weight as well as his blood sugar level.

There are also oral medications available that are suitable for your cat’s sugar level. As with any treatment, sit down with your Vet and talk over the various options and follow his recommendations.  He or She will have a great deal of information to give you, along with reading material/pamphlets and instructions for the treatment(s) he will place your cat on.

Your cat will need to be given food at very set intervals, the same time every day.  They should Not go outside and in some cases, may need insulin shots.

If, as an owner, you chose to deliver the shots to your cat, show great caution!  Your cat’s glucose and insulin levels should be carefully monitored before the administration of shots.  Great care should be taken as an overdose can be fatal.  Hypoglycemic shock is extremely dangerous.  Should he go into hypoglycemic shock and you are not around he will very possibly die. After administering a shot, your pet should be monitored for a short while to make sure all went well.

As there are many dietary supplements for diabetic cats available, I would travel that road first.  Only if there is no other recourse, would you want to consider injections.  If this were to happen,  you should set up times to bring your cat in and let your Vet administer the shot for you – at least until you are truly comfortable in doing this on your own. And in some cases, over a short period of time, shots may not be necessary whatsoever.

Your Vet will go over all the details and give you information that you should read and keep handy at all times.  Over a period of time, your vet will probably reduce the amount of insulin your pet will need, i.e. possibly one shot a day.

Your pet should live a very happy and long life.  There are many treatments now for cat diabetes, so do not feel this is a death sentence for your friend!  It’s not, just take a deep breath and go talk to the one person who can answer your concerns – your Vet.

You and your cat will still have many, many happy and healthy years together!

For more information on Feline Diabetes, please visit these sites for further, valuable information.

About Feline Diabetes

Managing and Preventing Diabetes

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