Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in people, and it is also common in cats. But signs of diabetes can be subtle. Also, cats have evolved an exceptional ability to hide signs of illness – a survival instinct that has helped them thrive, but may make it difficule for you to recognize your cat is sick until the disease has reached an advanced stage.
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:
- Increased thirst and drinking more water than usual
- 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.
- Increased appetite and eating more food than usual.
- Weight loss, even with increased food intake.
- Weakness in the back legs. You may notice your cat’s stance is different.
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:
- Prescribe an insulin
- Show you how to inject insulin
- Recommend exercise or a special cat food
- Help you plan a home care routine
- Schedule regular checkups for your cat
With the right care, a diabetic cat can live a long and happy life!
Credit: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.