Diabetes among cats
You are concerned about your cat’s health after a weight gain, whether it is small or consequent? Your cat could have diabetes. But how to know if you must worry or not? Daily Cat reveals all the signs which indicate a diabetes problem with the cat.
What is cat’s diabetes?
Diabetes is an illness triggered when the glucose level exceeds what the kidneys can stand. In this case, glucose transformation in blood may not function anymore as the pancreas does not produce the necessary insulin, or the glucose is not well used by the body.
Three forms of diabetes exist:
Type 1 diabetes: When the body produces too little insulin for glucose assimilation
Type 2 diabetes: When insulin’s hormone does not act normally and does not transform glucose
Type 3 diabetes: The cells produced by insulin do not play their role and there is a deficit
Diabetes usually manifests itself by obvious signs, whether they are through the cat’s behaviour or body.
Here are the principal signs that your cat may be diabetic:
- Excessive thirst: cats suffering from diabetes are often dehydrated and this is why they will drink more often in their bowl
- Urine: Not only will the cat urinate more often (hence dehydrate themselves quickly) but their urine will be stickier
- Weigh loss: For diabetic cats, along with thirst, hunger is increased but they nevertheless lose weight
The consequences of an untreated diabetes in a cat may range from urinary infection to vomiting and in extreme cases, coma. If you recognize one of those signs in your cat or if you have the slightest doubt, see your veterinary.