Managing Your Cat’s Condition
Like humans, cats can suffer from diseases, including diabetes. Feline diabetes is a condition in which your cat’s body is not producing enough insulin (Type I) or responding correctly to insulin (Type II). According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, 0.2 to 1 percent of cats have diabetes. While that might seem insignificant, it is a growing concern amongst veterinarians. How do you know if your cat has diabetes?
Common symptoms of feline diabetes include:
• weight loss
• increased thirst
In some cases, diabetes can affect the nerves in their hind legs. While it may sound scary, diabetes is a manageable condition. The main treatment for feline diabetes is insulin therapy using injections, however, dietary management is also an important component. Insulin injections help manage feline diabetes by restoring normal glucose levels. By lowering glucose levels, insulin injections can reduce the side effects of diabetes for your cat.
Your vet will show you how to administer insulin injections, which is quite easy once you get the hang of it. Dietary management may come into play to help your cat gain weight if they have lost weight due to diabetes, or to help them lose weight if they are overweight, as it can help regulate their glucose levels. If your cat is exhibiting symptoms of diabetes, it is important to take them to vet as soon as possible. With dedication to their treatment plan, you can help your cat live a happy, long life.