Humans aren’t the only ones who can struggle with diabetes. Although most pets can get diabetes, cats are particularly prone to developing it, and they are getting in increasing numbers. If your cat has diabetes, your veterinarian will help you develop a care plan to manage the condition and keep your pet’s blood sugar under control. Here is a closer look at feline diabetes, including the treatment options.
What are the symptoms of diabetes in cats?
The symptoms of diabetes in cats are very similar to the symptoms in humans. You may notice that your cat has increased thirst and is urinating more than normal. He or she may also be hungry all of the time, because the food that he or she is eating is not being converted into energy. When left untreated, diabetes can cause extreme weight loss, motor function issues, and comas. Eventually, untreated feline diabetes can lead to death.
How is feline diabetes treated?
As with humans, cats with diabetes will need insulin injections. Your vet will teach you how to administer the injections. Although the prospect of giving your cat shots every day may seem overwhelming, most people—and cats—adjust to the process quickly and easily. Blood sugar checks are also important. Sometimes, these are done only at vet visits, but you can opt to check your cat’s blood sugar more frequently at home. Note that treatments can manage feline diabetes, but it cannot cure it.
Do cats with diabetes have to eat a different diet?
Generally, cats with diabetes do better on a low carbohydrate-high protein diet. This usually means wet cat food, but there are some dry foods that are appropriate as well. Your vet will help you make the right decision for your cat’s needs.
Horizon Animal Hospital diagnoses and treats chronic conditions in pets, including diabetes. If you think your cat is showing symptoms of the disease, call (480) 800-4559 to make an appointment with a vet in Scottsdale.