Cats reign supreme when it comes to being among the most popular pets in North America. While providing years of companionship, cats are also one of the most loving of pets. Regrettably, from time to time cats like all other animals can become ill. Feline deabetes is one of many different types of ailments that can affect your cat. A very serious disease, feline diabetes can be controlled when treated by your veterinarian.

Diabetes is more common with humans than with cats or other animals. The cause of diabetes is actually quite simple. Sugar, or glucose, is found in the blood. The level of blood sugar in the body or the animal is kept under control by hormone insulin, which the pancreas produces. When the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, diabetes is to blame.

Some of the most common symptoms your cat may experience will be an increase in thirst, excessive urination, loss of appetite and weight loss, and most likely you will notice your cat’s coat will become dry and dull. It should be easy to spot most of these symptoms as a dull coat, more frequently emptied water bowl, or the food being left uneaten are easily noticable.

Untreated, feline diabetes may cause your cat to become inactive, you may notice frequent vomiting or at worst, your cat may slip into coma. The chances of your cat living a long and healthy life are greatly enhanced if you seek treatment immediately. Although treatment will take time and dedication, the results will be a much happier and healthier cat.

Cats that have feline diabetes will need to be given food at the same time every day. They should be prevented from going outside as well. If your cat has diabetes, you’ll need to give him insulin shots once or twice or a day. Once your veterinarian checks your cat, he will tell you how many shots and how much insulin you need to give your cat.

Making sure to give your cat some food before giving any insulin shots is also something you will want to be certain to do. Hypoglycemic shock may result if you give your cat the insulin shot without first making sure to feed him. Giving your cat too much insulin can also cause this too happen so you will want to be extra careful because hypoglycemic shock is extremely dangerous and can easily result in the death of your cat.

Keep an eye on your cat for a little while after you give him the insulin shot to treat the feline diabetes. Your vet may eventually lower or even eliminate the need for insulin but remember that even if your cat has to take insulin for the remainder of his life, with treatment he will live a much longer and happier life.

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