Diabetes & Insulin for Cats
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Diabetes in cats
Diabetes in cats occurs in the same way as it does for humans. Often diagnosed in overweight or older cats, diabetes occurs from a cat's inability to produce enough insulin to balance their blood sugar or glucose levels. Feline diabetes occurs in about 0.5% to 2% of the feline population, but it is thought that there is also a large number of undiagnosed cats.
Symptoms of diabetes in cats
How to tell if a cat has diabetes? Well, there are four common symptoms that your cat will exhibit if they’ve developed cat diabetes. Knowing these signs is crucial in being able to act fast and reduce the impact it has on your cat. They are:
- Increased urination
- Excessive thirst
- Increased appetite
- Unexpected weight loss
If your cat has already been diagnosed with diabetes, then these are the signs and symptoms you should be looking out for to make sure your cat has the correct amount of insulin in their system.
Cat symptoms: not enough insulin
Cat symptoms: too much insulin
- Change in eating habits
- Bumbling behaviour
What is a normal glucose level for a cat?
Diabetes in cats is diagnosed with two lab tests of their glucose level and a urinalysis. The normal level of glucose in your cat's blood should be 80-120 mg/dl. Diabetic cats can often have glucose levels of over 400 mg/dl, with some even clocking in at an extremely worrying 600 mg/dl.
Do all fat cats get diabetes?
The exact cause of feline diabetes is not yet known, it is much more likely to occur in cats who are overweight. Obese cats’ bodies are less sensitive to the effects of insulin, making them much more susceptible to the disease.
Can cats live with diabetes?
The quality of life in cats diagnosed with diabetes is usually very good. Diabetes is very treatable, and doesn’t necessarily shorten the lifespan of your cat's life. Diabetes is only life-threatening if it’s left untreated.
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