July 21, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases
Cat also suffers from diabetes unlike human beings. Feline diabetes is of two types- Type-1-diabetes and Type-2-diabetes. Feline diabetes will occur in any age. When there is an insufficient production of insulin, it is termed as Type-1, whereas Type-2 occurs due to inability of the cat’s body to process insulin more effectively.
Apart from these two types of diabetes, cats may suffer from secondary feline diabetes(Type-3 diabetes), which may be caused by drugs or by some diseases such as chronic pancreatitis, and hormonal diseases that may injure the natural processing of insulin in the body.
How to find your cat is suffering from diabetes?
If your cat is showing frequent urination as well as thirst, it would be a preliminary symptom of diabetes. The diabetic cat may lose weight as their body is unable to process or handle glucose. Apart from this, feline diabetes affected cat may show general weakness, loss of ability and vomiting. Some of the affected cats may exhibit breathing abnormalities as well as poor skin and coat condition.
How to confirm your cat is suffering from feline diabetes?
When your cat exhibits any one of the symptoms discussed above, do subject your pet cat for lab analysis of blood and urine. It is necessary to perform both the tests because the stressed cat may show elevated blood sugar levels.
Is feline diabetes curable?
No!!! Just like that of human beings feline diabetes is incurable. But you can control the blood sugar level by adopting different techniques such as weight control and diet control. The obese cats may be fed with high fiber diet as well as complex carbohydrates. These type of diets will control the weight of the cat as well as blood sugar level.
There are few oral medications available over-the-counter at medical shop to counteract diabetes in cats. You can browse the net to get those details.
The blood glucose level of your cat should be monitored regularly in order to keep the things on check. In advance cases of feline diabetes, vet usually advises the pet cat owners to go for insulin injections. If the owner is giving insulin injection, the pet owner should be very careful as there is every possibility of over dosage of insulin.
Now, you can come to a conclusion that feline diabetes can be treated and no more should be considered as death sentence for your pet cat. Just working with your vet, you can simply prolong your cat’s life like anything.