Monday, March 12, 2012

Feline Diabetes

Cats are one of the most popular pets in North America, capable of providing years of companionship. Like other pets, cats can sometimes get sick. There are several different types of ailments that cats can get, one of which is feline diabetes.

Diabetes is more common with humans than with cats or other animals. The cause of diabetes is actually quite simple.  Sugar, or glucose, is found in the blood, and the level of blood sugar in the body or the animal is kept under control by the hormone, insulin, which the pancreas produces.  When the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, diabetes can be the result.

The symptoms of feline diabetes can vary, with the most common symptoms being an increase in urine and a marked increased in drinking. Other symptoms of feline diabetes include a loss of appetite, weight loss, and a poor coat.

If you don’t get your cat treated for feline diabetes immediately, the cat will eventually become inactive, vomit on a regular basis, and eventually fall into a coma. If you get the diabetes treated in time, your cat will more than likely lead a normal and healthy life. Just keep in mind that treatment doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time and dedication.

Cats that have feline diabetes will need to be fed at the same time every day, and will most likely become strictly indoor pets.  Once your veterinarian cexamines your pet, he/she will be able to tell you the dosage and how often you will need to give the shots.

Make sure to feed your cat before giving insulin shots as he could go into a hypoglycemic shock. (This can also occur from too much insulin.) Hypoglycemic shock is very dangerous and if not caught and treated right away, can result in the loss of your pet. Always keep a watchful eye on your pet after administering the insulin.

After your cat has been on insulin for a period of time (generally outlined by the vet,) your cat may be reassessed to see if the dosage can be reduced. Even if your feline friend has to remain on insulin for the rest of his life, he can still lead an otherwise normal, healthy, long life.

1 comment:

Portland Veterinarian said...

Thanks for sharing this, we are really in one and touched with people who are striving to help rescue these poor animals. May your blog flourish more. Have a blessed day!