Diabetes occurs in 1 out of 400 cats and it occurs less in cats than compared to dogs. 80%-90% of diabetic cats have diabetes that is closely related to diabetes type 2.
Symptoms of Diabetes in Cats
Diabetes symptoms usually become noticeable over a few weeks. It usually occurs in cats that are younger than seven years old.
The first obvious symptoms are:
- Weight loss
- Excessive Drinking and Urination
- Appetite is either suddenly increased (up to 3x of what a normal cat eats) or absent
- In cats, their back leg begins to weaken and the gait may become wobbly
Testing your cat for diabetes is crucial in identifying if the symptoms are related to diabetes or could be caused by another illness.
Diabetes Options for Cats
Treatment is unique for every cat and should be chosen with the help of your veterinarian. Different considerations for diabetes in cats have to be made so that they fit the cat perfectly.
These considerations would be:
- Diet: Most often, the diets focus on bringing your cat to an ideal body weight and lowering glucose levels or keeping them consistent. When the ideal body weight is reached, a high fiber diet should replace the current diet since fiber slows down glucose absorption from the gastrointestinal tract.
- Exercise: This is a crucial part of weight control and reducing insulin resistance in cats. To help with their exercise, you could add a food dispenser that requires your feline to work for his meal.
- Insulin Medication: This may be required due to their decreased insulin production.