Symptoms Of Diabetes In Cats

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The most noticeable symptoms of diabetes in cats are an increased thirst, increased urination, decrease of appetite and loss of weight. However these symptoms may be symptoms of other illnesses, so as soon as you notice that something is abnormal, take your cat for a checkup at the veterinary surgery.

There, laboratory tests will be carried out and a blood sugar reading. A one off high blood sugar reading may not mean anything as cats blood sugar does increase during stress, such as when visiting the vets surgery. So, your vet may recommend a few readings and a persistently high reading may be another indicator of cat diabetes.

Symptoms Of Diabetes In Cats

If cat diabetes is diagnosed then it is important to start treatment straight away as:-

“Left untreated, diabetes will shorten a cat’s lifespan. A dangerous, sometimes fatal condition called ketoacidosis may develop, indicated by loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, dehydration, and breathing abnormalities.

Additionally, diabetes can lead to an unhealthy skin and coat, liver disease, and secondary bacterial infections. A diabetes-related disorder called diabetic neuropathy may cause cats to become progressively weaker, especially in the hind legs, impairing their ability to jump and causing them to walk with their hocks touching the ground.

Diabetes treatment is based on the severity of the disease. Cats with ketoacidosis require prompt intensive care, which usually includes fluid therapy and short-acting insulin injections. For cats that are not severely ill, your veterinarian may recommend a treatment plan that includes insulin injections or oral medications, along with dietary changes.”

The conventional medical establishment have still no firm reasons as to the cause of diabetes. But in my mind the answer is obvious.

Ancient cultures such as the Aborigines have no problems with diabetes when living their natural nomadic lifestyle however when they adopt a western lifestyle then diabetes, heart disease and cancers become epidemic.

Similarly when cats live a natural lifestyle diabetes is unheard of. So I put the cause of the disease down to eating unnatural, adulterated, chemicalized and processed foods and couching in front of the TV all day.

So if some of the symptoms of diabetes in cats that we have talked about become noticeable, take your cat to the vet. Even if cat diabetes is not diagnosed, you should change your cats diet and let it roam around outside more often. This will help prevent or reverse the disease. What diet is best? One that a cat would naturally eat in the wild.

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