Diabetes in Cats - How to diagnose and how to treat

Diabetes is a disease that has been growing and worrying humans, leading them to seek a healthier life. But what not everyone knows is that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes has been growing within the animal world as well, especially among cats, and this is as serious a problem as it is in humans.

THE diabetes mellitus is a disease that has been increasingly affecting cats, and its causes and symptoms are the same as in humans. THE diabetes in cats it is a disease that affects the insulin production of the pet's pancreas, which ends up producing less than it should. In addition to the vitamins and proteins necessary for the kitten's nutrition, its body also absorbs carbohydrates that end up turning into sugars, such as glucose. Insulin helps the cell to transform glucose into energy, and with the lack of it, that glucose ends up settling in the bloodstream and causing hyperglycemia.

Feline diabetes is like human

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Feline diabetes is more associated with elderly or overweight cats (so the incidence is higher in neutered males), but it is increasingly common for young, healthy cats to be diagnosed with the disease. So, as with humans, diabetes in cats is related to a predisposition of the body, combined with poor nutrition, obesity and physical inactivity.

Without treatment, the disease can cause other problems over time, such as poor mobility of the paws and loss of muscle mass. This can cause other serious problems for the pet's organism because it gets weaker, so be aware.

Rapid diagnosis and treatment are crucial

For cats, diabetes can also have the type 1 and type 2, but most cases in cats have a type 2 diagnosis. The difference between both is the functioning of the pancreas, in type 1 the organ practically stops working, and in type 2 insulin production is insufficient.

Even if diagnosed with type 2 (which is more common), the veterinarian will usually indicate insulin, even if it is not so severe, but this decision will depend on the condition in which the disease is found. The vet will analyze the pussy and define a possible weight loss and change in nutrition along with insulin doses.

It is very important to always have the exams up to date for the best treatment definition. In many cases the kitten is able to go into clinical remission, which means that he would no longer need the injections and would start living only with hypoglycemics. Which is not to say that it is a rule, each case is different. Therefore, the diagnosis must be accurate and the treatment must be fast, to give the best result.

But how do I know if my kitten is diabetic? And how to avoid?

Finding out that your cat is sick is not a very easy task, as cats have an instinct to not easily show pain or illness. To avoid discovering the disease too late, always be very careful with your pet's nutrition and weight. People have a habit of finding cute fat cats, but weight is a major threat to the animal's health. Always control your cat's weight according to height, especially if your cat is a large, heavy breed.

Among the main symptoms of feline diabetes there is the need to drink more water than normal, and thanks to that they end up urinating much more than normal. Something very common is constant hunger and no weight gain, even after you have eaten a lot. It is crucial to know your cat to know if he has changed his behavior with food and water, as they are the first signs of diabetes.

An important characteristic of cats is that when they are sick, they tend to be quiet and lethargic. This is a symptom that works for a number of diseases other than diabetes, so even if your cat is not showing other symptoms and is quieter than usual, run to the vet.

In relation to the veterinarian, it is important to remember that, even with a healthy pet, it is essential to go to the veterinarian at least once a year for routine exams. Always listen to the doctor when it comes to daily feeding and exercise for your pet, to prevent both diabetes and other diseases. The best way to avoid diabetes in cats is to keep them healthy and active, always having the best food and lots of affection.

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Video: How to Diagnose Feline Diabetes (July 2021).