14 Nov 2018

Did you know that cats and dogs can suffer from diabetes?  Today we are going to look at the condition in cats, but stay tuned for information on how the condition affects dogs later in the week.

So, what is “diabetes mellitus”?  How do you know your cat might have it and how do you look after a cat with the condition?

Insulin and NeedleIt is a complicated condition and is caused by either a very, very low or complete lack of the hormone “insulin”.  Insulin is produced in the pancreas and is released into the blood in response to increasing levels of glucose(sugar) in the blood.  It helps to maintain normal levels of glucose in the blood.

This condition is very common in cats, and although once diagnosed management options can be quite complex and specific to an individual cat, overall it is a condition that is quite easy to manage.

Although the condition mainly develops in middle-aged and older cats, diabetes may develop as a result of another disease or from certain forms of drug therapy.  It is more common in male cats, neutered cats and overweight cats.  Some cat breeds are more genetically predisposed to developing this condition.

The signs that can be seen in a diabetic cat are:

  • an increase in urination.
  • an increase thirst.
  • weight loss.
  • an increase in appetite.
  • a predisposition to bacterial bladder infections (straining to urinate, passing blood in the urine).
  • weakness of the back legs
  • poor coat

The condition is diagnosed by taking urine and blood samples for testing so if you have concerns about your cat’s health, contact us for further advice.