Do You Know The Symptoms Of Feline Diabetes
Do you know the symptoms of feline diabetes? If not, here is an interesting video on feline diabetes I found on you tube. It mentions the cause of diabetes being not enough insulin being produced by the pancreas. I’m not sure I quite agree with that statement.
Surely diabetes ‘is’ when not enough insulin is being produced. So shouldn’t the real question be, what causes the pancreas to not produce enough insulin in the first place. Nevertheless the video makes some interesting points and gives a good basic understanding of feline diabetes and what to look for and what to do.
Do you know the symptoms of feline diabetes
The video has a robotic voice over that may put some people off, so I have transcribed below:-
“Cats are one of the most popular pets in North America. They are loving pets capable of providing you years of companionship. Like other pets, cats can sometimes get sick. There are different types of ailments that cats can get.
One of which is feline diabetes. Feline diabetes is a serious disease although it can be treated by a veterinarian. Diabetes is more common with humans than with cats or other animals. The cause of diabetes is actually quite simple.
Sugar or glucose is found in the blood. The level of blood sugar in the animal is kept under control by hormone insulin, which the pancreas produces. When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin diabetes is to blame.
The symptoms of feline diabetes will vary. The most common symptoms include an increase in urine and an increase in thirst. Other symptoms include a loss of appetite, weight loss and a poor coat.
An increase in thirst is easy to you can easily notice the water dish empty throughout the day. If you do not get your cat treated for feline diabetes immediately, the cat will eventually become inactive, vomit on a regular basis and fall into a coma.
On the other hand if you get the diabetes treated in time the cat will more than likely lead a normal and healthy life. Keep in mind that treatment does not happen overnight. It takes time and dedication.
Cats that have feline diabetes will need to be given food at the same time everyday. They should be prevented from going outside as well. If your cat has diabetes you will need to give it insulin shots once or twice a day.
Once your veterinarian checks your cat he will tell you how many shots and how much insulin you need to give your cat. Before you give your cat his insulin shot you should always make sure he has some food first.
If he hasn’t eaten, give him a shot anyway as he could end up with hypoglycemic shock. This can also occur from too much insulin as well. A hypo can be dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
If your cat gets a hypoglycemic shock and you are not around he may end up dying. If you have to give your cat shots due to feline diabetes you should always keep a watchful eye on him after you have administered the shot.
After your cat has been on insulin for a period of time your veterinarian may reduce the amount of insulin. Even though he may have to stay on insulin for the rest of his life, he will otherwise lead a healthy life”.
Do you know the symptoms of feline diabetes? Here are some of the things to keep an eye out for, increase in urine, increase in thirst, loss of appetite, weight loss and poor coat. Failure to quickly treat feline diabetes can lead to vomiting and eventually a coma.