How to Spot Feline Diabetes in Your Cat

April 13, 2013

in Cat Health

by Kurt Schmitt

Feline diabetes symptoms will vary from cat to cat depending upon the type and stage of the disease. This disease can affect cats of any age, either male or female. The prime candidates for diabetes, however, are older males, especially those who are over weight.

Excessive thirst (polydipsia) is a classic sign of the disease as is excessive urination (polyuria). In the early stages, however, your cat may show no symptoms at all.

As diabetes in cats progresses, additional symptoms may surface. These may include weight loss, even with an increase in the consumption of food.

In addition, sick cats may develop lethargy. They may also become weak in the hind legs due to a condition known as diabetic neuropathy.

Untreated cats may experience increasingly more severe symptoms. These may include vomiting, dehydration, and subsequent loss of appetite. Over time, affected cats may develop poor hair coat, secondary infections, and liver disease.

A potentially fatal condition known as ketoacidosis can develop in some cats with diabetes. This may bring on breathing abnormalities, and vomiting and diarrhea.

With treatment, feline diabetes is usually a very manageable disease. Body weight and level of exercise are both factors here. Ensure that your cat remains active and does not get heavy throughout her life. This will prevent both the onset of the disease, and help with disease management should your cat be afflicted.

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