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How is feline diabetes diagnosed in cats?

May 18, 2021

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Is your cat showing signs of feline diabetes? How will the vet test to find out? The vet will test your cat’s urine for the presence of glucose.  If it appears at a high level, the vet will then test your cat’s blood.  A diagnosis of diabetes will only become definite when glucose is found at a high level in both the urine AND the blood. 

Can you cure diabetes in my cat?

Diabetes is not a curable disease. It can be managed very successfully with proper treatment, diet and activity.

How is feline diabetes managed?

The main goal of managing diabetes is to maintain glucose levels in an acceptable range. Managing the levels whilst avoiding hypoglycaemia, or LOW blood sugar is the sweet spot.  Proper management of the disease will reduce or eliminate signs of the diabetes. Some of these signs are excessive thirst and urination.  The good news for cat owners is that in some cases, cats with diabetes may no longer need insulin after a few weeks or months of treatment.  This is known as “clinical remission”.  This doesn’t mean that your cat is cured, just that the condition is stable.

One of the ways in which diabetes is managed is with insulin.  After a clear diagnosis, the vet will determine the insulin dose based on your cat’s weight.  They will teach you everything you need to know about giving insulin. The vet will discuss with you how to monitor your cat’s blood or urine glucose levels at home.

Check out this cute video on our YouTube channel where Sugar and Spike visit the vet because Spike has diabetes.

If your cat is showing signs of diabetes or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health, call the team today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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