Many people who own cats are aware that diabetes is a tough condition to treat in both people and cats, with nutrition and obesity being the main contributing factors.
What kind of cats is most susceptible to developing diabetes first?
- Obese cats will be less sensitive to insulin, and they are around four times more likely to develop diabetes than normal-weight cats. Diabetes is one of several health issues that can easily affect an obese cat.
- Older cats are more likely to develop diabetes because they use insulin at a lower rate.
- When certain cats are ill, owners will administer glucocorticoids and progesterone as a treatment. However, long-term hormone therapy might develop insulin resistance, making cats more prone to diabetes.
Then, we now focus on how diabetes looks like and how it is managed in cats.
- Typical behavior: After developing diabetes, the cat’s food consumption will rise quickly in the near term, along with the cat’s water intake. Next, the cat’s symptoms of increased urine output will manifest. The cat will lose weight even though it can eat properly every day and seems to have a good appetite.
- Atypical behavior: In addition to the usual signs of diabetes in cats, these animals additionally exhibit dry, untidy, scant fur, lame movement, aberrant posture, and a general lack of energy.
- Treatment: If the cat’s blood sugar level is higher than the normal blood sugar level, they have high blood sugar. However, many measurements are required to confirm the diagnosis and identify whether the cat has diabetes or stress-related high blood sugar. Diabetes in cats must be managed with insulin injections. Because the type and dosage of insulin must be modified based on the cat’s weight and condition, pet owners should not self-medicate and instead should heed the advise of their veterinarian.
Finally, let’s examine the treatment and avertance of diabetes in cats.
- If the cat has diabetes, the pet owner tries to feed the cat diabetes prescription food. If finances are tight, you can also feed the cat grain-free dry food. You can also use chicken breast as a staple meal. Finally, you can mix other nutrients as the doctor recommends if the cat has diabetes.
- Controlling the cat’s weight, generally encouraging it to exercise more, taking it in for frequent physical examinations, and keeping an eye on its physical well-being at all times are all required to prevent cat diabetes.
Pet owners must take measures because if a cat develops diabetes, it may require lifelong insulin treatment.