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Does Your Pet Cat Have Diabetes?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Although cats are different from humans and they may not look much similar, take note that both are mammals. Hence, there are some diseases, illnesses, disorders, and other medical conditions that could be found in humans may also present in cats. One of those diseases is diabetes. If you suspect that your cat may have acquired diabetes, it is important to consult your cat's veterinarian as soon as possible so that your cat can receive the proper medical treatment required.

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Just like in humans, two types of diabetes can also afflict cats. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the deficient production of insulin inside the cat's body. Type 2 diabetes on the other hand, occurs when the cat's biological system develops intolerance for handling the insulin. In both cases, diabetes may be acquired by cats at any age, but it is more common among cats that are obese, aging, and of the male sex. There is also such a condition known as secondary diabetes. This is caused by a drug or an after effect of a certain disease. This may last for a certain period of time or for the whole lifetime of the cat.

As you take care of your cat, there are ways to tell if your cat may have feline diabetes symptoms. These symptoms include vomiting, excess thirst, weakness, loss of appetite, breathing abnormalities, loss of weight, and unhealthy skin and fur. The veterinarian can then examine your cat's urine sugar levels and blood glucose levels. Both tests are required to determine consistent results because the cats' blood sugar levels tend to increase temporarily when they are stressed or nervous.

Should your cat be diagnosed with cat diabetes, there will lifestyle changes required to make certain that your cat's health is restored to normal, as much as possible. Proper diet is very important. Make sure that your cat should only eat the adequate amount food during mealtime as is necessary. Cats generally require food the approximately the size of one large mouse to be full-more could cause health and weight problems. Aside from the stating the importance of the proper amount of food, as pet owner you should likewise be concerned with types of foods that your cat eats. Your veterinarian can suggest particular cat food brands that are rich in fiber and protein content to help control the cat diabetes.

It may be necessary for your cat to take oral mediations, insulin, and supplements when diagnosed with cat diabetes. Again, your pet doctor can recommend what is needed, and also show you how to administer medications and treatment to your cat on a regular schedule. It is crucial that you monitor your cat's health to ensure that the cat's diabetes is in check and that your beloved pet stays happy, comfortable, and healthy. Diabetes is not always tragic, either in humans or cats.



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