Tips to Care for Your Diabetic Cat

December 24, 2009

in Cats

Owning a cat with cat diabetes takes on a new level of care. All pet owners want their pets to enjoy long life, so we’ve compiled some tips to help you give your cat care that will help them live as long as possible. While it’s sad that cat diabetes is such a common problem, we know a lot about the disease since it also affects people. It is essential for a pet owner to learn about how diabetes can affect their cat, and what they can do to provide the best quality of life.

There are two primary types of diabetes. The similarities between human and cat diabetes make it easy to diagnose, and fortunately there are treatments. Type 1 Diabetes is a result of insufficient insulin production. Type 2 Diabetes is a result of the body not processing the insulin in the body efficiently. A secondary type of cat diabetes that is seen occasionally is triggered by drugs that may have impaired the body’s ability to naturally process insulin. Cat diabetes strikes cats of all ages, but most frequently it is seen in older cats.

Owners often discover their cat has diabetes through routine cat care. Your cat may exhibit unusual thirst and urination, lose weight unexplainably, have vomit, weakness, a decrease in appetite and a change in skin/coat.

Cats experiencing any of these symptoms need to have a checkup with the vet. Taking your cat for a diabetes test can help determine if sugar levels are normal. The vet will take one reading and may decide to do a second reading for a true result. This is because some cats will have the sugar levels rise due to stress, giving a false reading the first time.

There is not a cure for cat diabetes right now, but through good cat care them symptoms can be controlled. Through diet and careful weight management, you cat can still live a happy life. Your vet may recommend a diet high in fiber, and containing complex carbs. Weight management is most important for extremely obese cats. Diet will not only help with weight, but will also normalize sugar levels.

Cat owners that have a diabetic cat will need to monitor the pet’s glucose and insulin levels. This includes reading sugar levels, and possibly being responsible for administering insulin shots. You will also need to look into dietary supplements with your vet. Cat care for diabetic cats has to be done with caution, since a minor overdose of insulin can be fatal to a cat.

Even if you have a diabetic cat, you can still use good cat care practices to give your pet a long and happy life. Your cat can live for many years with proper treatment. You cat will provide you with love and companionship for many year. He deserves the best from you as his owner.

David is an expert on pet health and care. Keeping your cat healthy and happy is a responsiblility of every owner. See his site for information on Cat Disease.

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