Your Cat May Have Cat Diabetes And You Don’t Know

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Your cat may have cat diabetes and you don’t know about it. You see cats are very good at masking symptoms. They have evolved over thousands of years and this trait has allowed them to survive and indeed thrive. We know that diabetes is increasing in humans and is correspondingly increasing in our pet cats and dogs. So what should you look out for? Here is advice given by the Animal Wellness Centre

“The good news about feline diabetes is there are signs you can learn to recognize, if you know what to look for.  Take your cat to the veterinarian if you see any of these signs:

  1. Increased thirst and drinking more water than usual.
  2. Urinating more than usual.  If you use clumping litter, you may notice more clumps or larger clumps than you normally see in the litter box.
  3. Increased appetite and eating more food than usual.
  4. Weight loss, even with increased food intake.
  5. Weakness in the back legs.  You may notice your cat’s stance is different.

There’s help – and hope – for cats with diabetes.  Finding out your cat has diabetes may seem overwhelming, but you’re not alone.  To help you learn to manage the special care your cat will need, your veterinarian may:

  1. Prescribe an insulin such as ProZinc (protamine zinc recombinant human insulin).
  2. Show you how to inject insulin (you can also visit ProZinc.us for helpful demonstration videos).
  3. Provide a Diabetes Care Kit with tools to help you use the insulin properly.
  4. Recommend exercise or a special cat food.
  5. Help you plan a home care routine.
  6. Schedule regular checkups for your cat.

To learn more about feline diabetes, talk with your veterinarian about any necessary diagnostic tests.  With the right care, a diabetic cat can live a long and happy life!”

The above is great advice but I would put more emphasis on changing diet. This is something I have written about many times before. Cats like humans have evolved over thousands of years, and as mentioned before a trait they have is to mask symptoms of illness, that’s why your cat may have cat diabetes and you don’t know about it. But one thing they have definitely not evolved to do is eat high carbohydrate dry and wet cat food! So to increase chances of remission you may have to radically change its diet to a very low carbohydrate one and one that mimics as much as possible what the cat would eat in the wild.

 

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