What You Need to Know About Diabetes in Cats
Diabetes is a serious health problem that not only affects humans but is increasingly affecting cats as well. By being aware of some basic information regarding diabetes, you can take preventative measures to protect your cat from this potentially deadly health condition.
The Basics of Diabetes
Diabetes, also known as sugar diabetes, is defined as a disease in which the body no longer uses or produces insulin properly. When the body does not produce a sufficient level of insulin, the body will begin to break down proteins and fats for energy. Glucose will begin to accumulate in the bloodstream.
Diabetes is more common in obese cats. There are a few ways you can quickly tell if your cat is obese:
- Ribs: If you can easily feel your cat’s ribs by running your hand through their side with just a little bit of fat, then your cat is a normal weight. If you’re unable to feel the ribs, it’s a good sign your cat is overweight.
- Spine: Try running your hands across your cat’s back. You should easily be able to feel the bones beneath a small layer of fat.
- Waist: Look at your cat from above and determine if you can see their waist. If you can’t, then your cat is most likely overweight.
If your cat is suffering from obesity, try scheduling an appointment with your vet. Your vet will be able to create a nutrition plan for your cat that can get your cat back in healthy shape.
Additionally, cats suffering from chronic pancreatitis, and hormonal disorders like hypothyroidism are at risk for diabetes. Similarly, neutered males over 8 years of age who eat a high carbohydrate diet are at higher risk.
The most common signs that your cat may be diabetic are:
- Increased appetite
- Excessive thirst
- Weight loss
- Increased urination
If your feline friend is facing diabetes, then there are a few treatment options available. Your vet will most likely recommend a low-carb diet to start off with. There is also insulin therapy and some oral medications that can help the condition. If your cat is diagnosed with diabetes, be sure to schedule a check-up with the vet every 3 to 4 months to make sure the condition is getting better.
Eastex Will Provide Your Cat with Compassionate Care
Diabetes is a serious issue and at Eastex Veterinary Care, we’re here to provide compassionate care for your pet. Located in Humble, Texas, we are a fun-loving and family-oriented animal clinic that focuses on the wellbeing of your pet. Our clinic provides you with a full lineup of care options to keep your beloved pet healthy and happy. Contact us if you have any questions!