Understanding Feline Diabetes

There are two types of Feline Diabetes Mellitus. They are: When there is less creation of insulin inside the body and When the body can’t manage the body’s cell in a proper way.

Though this disease can occur in any cat of any age group but it is more prevalent among the older cats and the male gender.

Diabetes can also take place due to drug intake or illness which damages the original emission of insulin or the tissues that gets affected.

The Signs and Symptoms of Feline Diabetes:

1. When the amount of urine and thirst increases.
2. When the body can’t manage glucose it looses weight.
3. Nausea feeling.
4. Not feeling hungry.
5. Feeling weak
6. The skin gets bad
7. Problem in breathing
8. Lack of fluid

Diagnosis of the Disease:

At first cats suffering from this disease will be tested for the level of sugar in both blood and urine. This is done to check the increase of blood glucose level in the body.

Treatment of the Disease:

1. Control of weight and diet: For cats with heavy weight a diet containing complex carbohydrates and fiber is given so that along with losing weight they also manage their blood glucose level. The perfect diet for the cat will be suggested by the veterinarian by taking other physical aspects into view.

2. Cats have less capacity to make use of carbohydrates than dogs so unlike dogs they are given a diet which contains less fiber and complex carbohydrates. The cats suffering from this disease should be given meals on a regular interval instead of just feeding them only twice or thrice a day. This helps in maintaining the blood levels.

3. To decide the regularity of the injection of insulin it is important to check the blood glucose level every 18-24 hours. This type of test is conducted in veterinary hospitals where their blood glucose level is closely watched.

4. Cats that don’t have physical problems can be treated with oral hypoglycemic medication.

InjectionSites_feline5. If the cat is injected with more insulin than prescribed by the veterinarian, it may create severe problem so the amount of insulin and glucose injected should be carefully monitored.

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