Did you know that cats are one of the most popular pets in North America? The latest census from the Human Society shows 86.4 million cats owned to 78.2 million dogs owned, which averages out to 1.7 dogs and 2.2 cats per household. We are loving pets, and will provide you with years of companionship. But, as with any pet, we can also get sick. One ailment I would like to talk about today is Feline Diabetes. It is a serious disease but treatable by a veterinarian.
More common in humans than in cats, diabetes occurs when there is high blood sugar because the pancreas is not producing sufficient insulin to control the blood sugar level in the body. Feline Diabetes symptoms vary. The most common symptoms are an increase in urine as well as increased thirst. Other symptoms of Feline Diabetes include appetite loss, weight loss, and poor coat.
Should you notice any of the above, take your cat to your veterinarian immediately. If the diabetes is treated in time, your cat will be able to lead a relatively normal and healthy life. Bear in mind, though, treatment does not happen overnight. It will take time and dedication on your part.
Cats with Felines Diabetes need to be fed at the same time every day and should be kept indoors. Some cats will need to be given insulin shots once or twice a day. Your veterinarian will tell you how many shots and how much insulin to give your cat.
Make sure your cat has eaten before giving him his insulin shot. Giving him an insulin shot on an empty stomach could cause your cat to go into hypoglycemic shock. This can be very dangerous and should be avoided at all cost since this can cause a cat’s demise.
If your cat’s Feline Diabetes requires you to give him insulin shots, you should always keep a watchful eye on him after administering the shot. Once your cat has been on insulin for a period of time, your veterinarian may reduce the amount of insulin. Remember, even though your cat may need insulin for the rest of his life, he will still be a healthy companion for you for many years to come.