5 Signs Of A Diabetic Cat

Diabetes in cats is a chronic and potentially challenging condition if it is not managed early and correctly. The disease is most commonly found in cats over 8 years old with the overweight predisposition. Male cats are more likely to be diabetic than females.

Diabetic cats have difficulty managing their blood glucose levels, also known as ‘blood sugar’ levels and this causes changes to their bodies. For a cat to be definitively diagnosed as diabetic, your vet will use a combination of blood and urine tests. Early treatment makes managing the condition much easier, and if you notice any of the below symptoms it is worth contacting your vet straight away. 

EARLY SIGNS OF FELINE DIABETES

1. Frequency of Urination & Excessive Thirst
One of the tell-tale signs of diabetes is an increase in thirst and increased frequency of urination. If you notice your cat drinking from unusual places, such as plant pots, sinks, or your own water glass then this could be a sign of diabetes. You may also notice that you are filling your cat’s water bowl up more frequently and/or changing their litter tray more often.

2. Appetite & Weight Loss
Due to the changes diabetes causes to cats’ bodies, they will often lose weight despite still eating the same (if not more). If you notice your cat losing weight, it could be a sign of diabetes. If they are pestering you for more food, meowing at their empty food bowl, and/or trying to steal your dinner, this could be a clue that you need to consult your veterinarian for a diabetes check.

LATER SIGNS OF FELINE DIABETES

As diabetes progresses the symptoms become more exaggerated, and other signs of illness can appear. At this point cats can be obviously unwell and prompt diagnosis/treatment is vital.

3. Loss of Engagement & Reduced Physical Activity
Cats with advanced diabetes can be unwilling to play, engage with their owners and jump onto surfaces. This general lethargy occurs once diabetes is more advanced and can indicate prompt treatment is required.

4. Gait Changes  
Diabetes can have a direct result on your cats’ posture. High blood sugar levels have neurological affects that can make your cat sluggish, walk differently and have overall muscle weakness.

5. Lethargy, Vomiting and loss of appetite
A cat experiencing extreme lethargy, loss of appetite and vomiting could be in a critical stage of untreated diabetes. Any obviously unwell cat needs to see their veterinary doctor immediately.

Diabetes in cats is a chronic and potentially challenging condition if it is not managed early and correctly. The disease is most commonly found in cats over 8 years old with overweight predisposition. Male cats are more likely to be diabetic than females.

Diabetic cats have difficulty managing their blood glucose levels, also known as ‘blood sugar’ levels and this causes changes to their bodies. For a cat to be definitively diagnosed as diabetic, your vet will use a combination of blood and urine tests. Early treatment makes managing the condition much easier, and if you notice any of the below symptoms it is worth contacting your vet straight away. 

EARLY SIGNS OF FELINE DIABETES

1. Frequency of Urination & Excessive Thirst
One of the tell-tale signs of diabetes is an increase in thirst and increased frequency of urination. If you notice your cat drinking from unusual places, such as plant pots, sinks or your own water glass then this could be a sign of diabetes. You may also notice that you are filling your cats water bowl up more frequently and/or changing their litter tray more often.

2. Appetite & Weight Loss
Due to the changes diabetes causes to cat’s bodies, they will often lose weight despite still eating the same (if not more). If you notice your cat losing weight, it could be a sign of diabetes. If they are pestering you for more food, meowing at their empty food bowl and/or trying to steal your dinner, this could be a clue that you need to consult your veterinarian for a diabetes check.

LATER SIGNS OF FELINE DIABETES

As diabetes progresses the symptoms become more exaggerated, and other signs of illness can appear. At this point cats can be obviously unwell and prompt diagnosis/treatment is vital.

3. Loss of Engagement & Reduced Physical Activity
Cats with advanced diabetes can be unwilling to play, engage with their owners and jump onto surfaces. This general lethargy occurs once diabetes is more advanced and can indicate prompt treatment is required.

4. Gait Changes  
Diabetes can have a direct result on your cats’ posture. High blood sugar levels have neurological affects that can make your cat sluggish, walk differently and have overall muscle weakness.

5. Lethargy, Vomiting and loss of appetite
A cat experiencing extreme lethargy, loss of appetite and vomiting could be in a critical stage of untreated diabetes. Any obviously unwell cat needs to see their veterinary doctor immediately.

THE BOTTOM LINE FOR CATS & DIABETES The best way to handle a suspected case of feline diabetes is to get in touch with your cat’s vet as soon as possible. Early management can enable your cat to live a long happy life and prevent the more serious symptoms of feline diabetes. You can always get in touch with our expert vets at Amity Vet Clinic, the best vet clinic in Dubai the best vet clinic in Al Barsha.

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