November 17, 2011

The Symptoms of Diabetes in Cats

Filed under: Cat Diabetes — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 8:03 am

Diabetes in CatsThe symptoms of diabetes in cats can be hard to detect. The signs usually become apparent over the course of as couple weeks, and usually occur in cats that are younger than seven years old. While any mammal with a pancreas can be affected, diabetes in cats is particularly rare, occurring in 1 out of every 400 cats, out of which 80%-90% have a form that is closely related with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be a serious condition—even fatal—for your cat if not treated properly. So if you think your feline companion may be affected by high blood sugar, here are some of the symptoms of cat diabetes to help you make a definitive prognosis.

• Weight Loss
• Excessive Drinking and Urination
• Appetite is either suddenly increased (up to 3x what a normal cat would eat) or absent
• The cat’s back legs begin to weaken and the gait may become wobbly.

The signs of diabetes in cats can be very mild, to the point of being almost benign; furthermore, if developed symptoms are not that of diabetes, then it is equally important to find out if they are being caused by another illness.

Cat Diabetes Treatment

Similar to diabetes in humans, cat diabetes requires a holistic, multifaceted approach to treatment. Each cat is unique, and will require its own system of treatment. These should include, but not be limited to:

• Diet: Diabetic cat foods focus on achieving the ideal body weight for your cat by lowering glucose levels or keep 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. If you’re having trouble feeding your furry friend specific nutrients, try a cat pill pocket.
• Exercise: A cat losing weight is a crucial part in 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 Treatment: An insulin shot may be required for your pet due to its decreased production.

Elevated blood sugar levels in cats can be a systemic issue, affecting not only the cat’s body, but its quality of life. Be sure to keep an eye on your furry friend, and if you believe your cat may be diabetic it is crucial to get it checked by a veterinarian immediately.

November 16, 2011

What You Need To Know About Cat Allergies

Filed under: Cat Allergies — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 12:25 am

Can Cats have Allergies? Yes!

While many people find themselves allergic to the felines, environmental cat allergies can pose a threat to your pet. Cat allergy symptoms can range from a mild nuisance to causing serious bodily harm. Here’s what you need to know to keep your cat healthy and itch-free.

important information about feline allergies

Cat Flea Allergy

– Flea allergies in cats are the most common form of allergen. Normally a flea bite causes mild topical itching, quite similar to a flea bite on a dog. In the case of a cat allergic to fleas, however, the itching can be so extreme that the cat can severely scratch or chew itself leading to open sores, missing patches of hair, and other symptoms. Cat flea allergy treatment usually consists of a pill, or liquid in the form of drops.

Cat Food Allergy

– Food Allergies in cats usually develop over time. Most often these are allergies to meat: beef, pork, and chicken are the most common. Cat food allergies can provoke skin itchiness and gastrointestinal upset; so if you see excessive itching or foul smells after mealtime, it may be time to take action. Dealing with cat allergies is easy, and much the same as is done with humans—find the allergen responsible and remove it from the cat’s diet.

Cat Airborne Allergy

– Pollen allergies certainly exist in cats; unfortunately they are not immune to nature’s super-allergen. Allergenic pollen can come from the usual places: trees, glass, and flowers, but unlike humans, cats as much more at risk. Instead of suffering hay-fever type effects localized to one area, cats experience full-body itching that often times requires a cat flea shampoo, skin testing, or a cat allergy shot.

Cat Skin Allergy

– Contact allergies are the rarest amongst cats, and are caused by physical contact with your cat and one of a few likely culprits: carpet, wool bedding, and detergents. Unlike the aforementioned cat allergies, the effect is usually localized to an irritated patch of skin. The most common contact areas are the elbows, bottom of the feet, and the belly. Fortunately, cat skin allergy treatment is easy; it requires same procedure as with cat food allergies: simply find the material that is the culprit, and remove it from the cat’s habitat

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.