Outsmarting diabetes isn’t easy. It takes discipline and diligence, and can be a daily battle. Even the most dedicated of people can lose their resolve and slip with their cats’ diabetes management. When this happens, you might have a problem knowing what to do or even how to recognize the signs that it’s time to take action. So, here are some common symptoms of diabetes in a cat, what they mean and what you should do if your cat is showing any of these signs…
A diabetic senior cat will be showing several signs of a carrier. In addition to this, he or she may also have increased thirst and urination as well as increase in appetite. For example, when you leave the house your cat may search for you to eventually follow you from room to room until you return from leaving. Also, in the morning your cat may be waking you up half an hour early just so it can get fed before you head off to work. This is only one of the major indications that your cat is diabetic.
Diabetes is a disease that affects the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, which is necessary for the body to metabolize sugar. Symptoms of diabetes in a cat include:
-Increased thirst and urination
-Lethargy or weakness
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin, or when the cells ignore the insulin produced. The resulting rise in blood sugar can cause a host of problems, including damage to the kidneys, eyes and nerves.
Diabetes in cats is often diagnosed by a veterinarian based on symptoms and medical history, but there are also blood tests that may help your veterinarian reach a diagnosis. It’s important to catch diabetes early because once it’s out of control, it can be very difficult to treat.
The symptoms of diabetes in cats vary depending on how severe the condition is:
Lethargy: This is one of the most common symptoms of diabetes in cats, who may appear depressed or unusually tired. They may also sleep more than usual or even stop eating altogether.
Drinking More Than Normal: One symptom of diabetes in cats is increased thirst and urination, which can lead to increased amounts of both. If you notice your cat drinking more than normal or going through water bowls quickly, this could be an indication that something isn’t right internally.
Weight Loss: If your cat has been losing weight without explanation over time (such as from being sick or an underlying health condition), consider bringing them into
Symptoms Of Diabetes In A Cat
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic, and potentially debilitating, condition in cats. The disorder is most prevalent among obese cats, male cats over eight years old, and those on a diet high in carbohydrates.
Cases of feline diabetes are on the rise, and given the severity of the condition, it is important to take early measures to prevent or manage the health of your diabetic cat.
Typically, diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results when the cells develop a resistance to insulin, a hormone that aids the entry of glucose into the cells. This causes a build-up of the glucose levels in the bloodstream.
Diabetic cats mostly suffer from Type II diabetes, where the body cells can no longer adequately respond to insulin, leading to elevated levels of glucose.
A complete diagnosis always requires a visit to the vet, but a closer look at your cat at home can tell you if there’s a problem. Bring your cat to Dr. Minta Keyes for a check-up if you notice any of these signs:
Early Signs of Diabetes in Cats
1. Excessive Urination & Thirst
Your cat may be suffering from Type I or Type II diabetes if they are urinating frequently. The kidneys attempt to remove the excess glucose from the body through urine. The high concentration of glucose pulls excessive amounts of water into the urine. Increased urination can mean high body water losses, possible dehydration, and increased thirst.
2. Increased Weight Loss & Appetite
When a cat has diabetes, cells can no longer absorb the glucose from the blood appropriately. As a result, starved cells will trigger the breakdown of the fats and proteins available in the body as an alternative source of energy.
The cat may lose weight in a failed attempt to fill the void left after burning fats and proteins, and as a result, their appetite increases.
Later Signs of Diabetes in Cats
If a cat displays a combination of the following symptoms, they could be in critical condition and require intensive care. Later signs of diabetes include the following:
3. Inability to Jump & Loss of Interest
While the loss of interest may be a subtle sign, you can tell your cat is sick if you keep proper track of your cat’s activity. If your cat can no longer jump on furniture they used to be able to, they may be sick.
4. Change in Gait
Diabetes in cats can lead to weakness, which makes them walk flat on the back of the hind legs. Following the elevated blood sugar level, neuropathy affects the nerves in the hind legs, and the condition may result in permanent paralysis if left untreated for long.
5. Lack of Appetite, Vomiting, Lethargy
The health of your cat is in jeopardy if you notice these late symptoms of diabetes mellitus. Hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and gastroparesis can cause nausea in cats leading to vomiting, lost appetite, and lethargy.