Being a pet owner comes with a great deal of responsibility, but the lifetime of devoted companionship you get in return is well worth it. In addition to providing your cat with food, water, and maybe a few treats here and there, it’s important to take her to the veterinarian on a regular basis to make sure she is in good health. Diabetes is a disease that can affect cats as well as humans, so it’s a good idea to know about the symptoms as well as the treatments in case your cat is affected. Keep reading to learn more about feline diabetes.
Feline diabetes occurs when a cat can’t produce enough insulin on its own to regulate its blood sugar levels. The most obvious symptoms of feline diabetes are excess thirst and urination, and it can occur in cats who are at a normal weight as well as in obese cats. In certain cases, cats with feline diabetes have extreme appetites since their bodies aren’t able to process the food they’re eating into fuel. In these situations, obesity may be a result of diabetes rather than a contributing factor to the development of the disease.
Much like diabetes in humans, feline diabetes can have serious consequences if it is left untreated. Weight loss, loss of appetite, and vomiting can occur, along with motor function issues, coma, and possibly even death. For these reasons, it is important to visit your veterinarian if you notice any changes in your cat’s health or behavior.
In most cases, feline diabetes is a condition that is treated and controlled rather than cured. Most veterinarians recommend a diet low in carbohydrates for cats with diabetes. Additionally, insulin therapy is used to regulate diabetes and get it under control. Insulin therapy should be done with the help of a veterinarian, as there are tests involved to make sure that your cat is getting the proper treatment.
At Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale, we take care of your pets as though they were our own. Call us at (480) 800-4559 to make an appointment for your animal companion. We offer a range of veterinary services to keep your pets healthy and happy.
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