Feline Diabetes Basics

Learn to recognize the warning signs your cat may have diabetes.

By Ruth Macpete, DVM

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Feline diabetes is a glandular disorder that occurs from a decrease in insulin secretion from the pancreas or a decrease in the action of insulin, which is a hormone required to metabolize carbohydrates.

The classic clinical signs of diabetes include:
• excessive thirst and urination
• increased appetite with weight loss
• neurological dysfunction in some cats’ rear legs

High blood glucose accompanied by glucose in the urine confirms diagnosis.

Diets low in carbohydrates and high in protein can manage feline diabetes alone. If diet doesn’t control blood glucose levels, however, there are a variety of insulin products approved for use in cats. Cat owners can administer insulin at home and monitor their cat’s blood glucose so that it doesn’t go too high or too low.

Work closely with your veterinarian to keep your cat’s blood glucose in check.

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Sheryl    Bloomington, IN

10/9/2008 10:24:51 AM

Good article

Velda    Pewaukee, WI

11/26/2007 8:16:02 AM

My Pywacket had diabetes for more than 2 years. At first it was hard to give the shots twice per day but we both got used to it. He passed in Dec. '03. I miss him so! He was a wonderful seal point apple head siamese. I now have Crystal, a beautiful birman.

Lori    Littlerock, CA

11/18/2007 12:11:33

My cat was just diagnosed with Diabetes in June. Thanks for the information in this article. I read as much as I can on diabetes!

Nona    Yreka, CA

11/6/2007 9:04:28 AM

My MO passed away from Feline Diabetes, it is one of the worst type. I gave MO shots 2xday, once it was diagnosed, after missing the call the previous year.

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