Feline Diabetes Symptoms – Warnings Signs of Feline Diabetes

Feline diabetes symptoms often become apparent only after the disease has progressed. Feline diabetes is a fairly common condition in cats and insulin and a specially designed diabetic cat diet may be required for treatment.

Because feline diabetes symptoms may develop slowly over weeks, the condition can easily be overlooked or dismissed as an unimportant shift in behavior; close observation of your cat’s drinking, eating, urination and attitude will be needed to catch this serious illness early.

Feline diabetes symptoms include:

  • A sudden weight loss even if hunger seems normal or excessive (weight gain is less common but may be seen in some cats)
  • Extreme thirst. Some cats may display behaviors that are focused around water. For instance, note if your cat hovers around its water dish or has a sudden fascination with faucets or other water sources.
  • Excessive urinating. Note if your cat is using the litter box more frequently or the volume of urine has increased.
  • Obsessive or dramatically increased eating. The opposite may result as some cats may lose their appetite and refuse to eat.
  • Weakness in the legs or a wobbly gait due to nerve damage. The back legs may show the first signs of weakness.
  • Excessive fatigue or lethargy. Note if your cat seems to be limp.
  • An peculiar acetone-smell (sweet smell) to your cat’s breath this may indicate the presence of ketoacidosis, a condition which results in the abnormal breakdown of fatty acids.

"Diabetes can be treated but is life-threatening if left alone. Early diagnosis and treatment by a qualified veterinarian can help, not only in preventing nerve damage, but in some cases, in cats, can even lead to remission" (1)

These symptoms can indicate a serious health risk for your cat. Do not hesitate to take your cat to the vet if you notice any of the feline diabetic symptoms mentioned above.

If feline diabetes symptoms are not detected, complications including malnutrition, dehydration and even death can occur. Feline diabetes is treatable if discovered early and can often be brought under control with a properly regulated diet and insulin injections. With treatment you can expect your cat to live a long and high quality life.

(1) Wikipedia (2010). Diabetes in cats. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_in_cats,


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