Can My Cat Really Get Diabetes?
Yes, cats can get diabetes. But how is an owner to know?
The most common indicator that a cat may be developing diabetes would be an increase in water intake along with an increase in urination. In multi-cat households, this may be more challenging to observe. However, over time, usually, the owner will notice one cat at the water bowl or in the litter box more frequently.
Performing several blood tests to rule out other conditions that could mimic the signs of diabetes, such as kidney disease or Hyperthyroidism, as well as performing an analysis of the urine to check for glucose will help confirm the diagnosis.
Depending on the results of the blood and urine glucose levels, as well as any other abnormality that may be found on the screening tests, your cat will probably be a candidate for insulin injections. Like humans, cats can benefit from dietary modifications that lower the absorption of glucose and the metabolism of sugars. Cats do not seem to have good control of their diabetes by using oral medication as some humans do. Most cats do very well with insulin injections and can easily be “trained” to put up with the very small needle while they are being fed.
Regular follow-up blood glucose tests are in order to closely monitor the levels of glucose and to make sure those levels do not drop too low. Once an initial control of the hyperglycemia seems to have been achieved, your cat can be monitored less frequently with a blood Fructosamine level. This will give us a better idea of the average control of blood glucose over time. Like humans, without treatment and dietary modifications, most cats will begin to show other complications of the disease.
The key is to diagnose early in the disease and begin proper treatment! If you think your cat is diabetic, call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic at 540-943-7577 and schedule an appointment today.
CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville.