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Feline diabetes – how does it affect your cat

May 10, 2021

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Feline diabetes is more common in middle-aged and older cats although it isn’t unheard of in younger cats.  Undiagnosed and untreated, diabetes can develop complications such as an inflamed pancreas.  Prolonged high blood glucose can lead to nerve dysfunction, also known as “peripheral neuropathy” which can be seen as wobbliness.  A more serious medical emergency is “ketoacidosis” which occurs when there is not enough insulin in the body to control glucose levels.  If not treated, this can lead to death.

There are certain breeds of cat that are more at risk of developing diabetes.  Both Burmese and Siamese cats experience an above average rate of diabetes.  Obesity, physical inactivity and an indoor lifestyle increase the chances of developing diabetes.  Other health conditions, such as  chronic pancreatitis or hyperthyroidism, may also increase the chances of developing the condition.

Diabetes can cause visible changes in your cat’s behaviour and health.  The signs that your cat might be diabetic are; urinating frequently or in larger amounts, leading to more frequent litter changes or a heavier cat litter tray, drinking a lot of water from unusual water sources, always hungry, losing weight despite having a very good appetite, dull or dry coat and sleeping more or less active.

Check out our YouTube channel for a little video of some of the signs of diabetes in your pet.

It’s important that you bring your cat to the vet for a full examination if your cat is displaying any of the symptoms of diabetes.

Download our leaflet on feline diabetes and if you are concerned about the health of your dog, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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