Feline diabetes can be a significant health problem for cats that develop it. The condition mirrors its counterpart in humans and manifests through many of the same symptoms. Individuals with a cat that has been diagnosed with the disease should follow a strict healthcare regimen that will likely be given to them by their local veterinarian.
The condition is most frequently found in cats that are eight years of age or older. The most obvious sign that something is wrong is a sudden change in weight and/or appetite. Likewise, cats that drink and urinate more than average may have the condition. The urine itself can be tested with simple glucose strips, which should indicate whether or not glucose is exiting the body. If the test is positive, then the animal has diabetes and a treatment plan will have to be developed.
Abyssinians, as with most other cats, can be treated in a number of different ways. The diet should be strictly regulated. The vet will usually recommend low-carbohydrate dry cat food, which should help to regulate the insulin levels that are so important with animals afflicted with diabetes. Veterinarians can sometimes help to mix up dietary formulas that are specifically designed for cats in serious condition. This allows the overall ingredient percentages to be carefully controlled, which should keep the worst diabetic symptoms at bay.
Pills and insulin injections are also available, and veterinarians can help with setting these up and training the owner on how to administer the injections. Injections have in fact been found to be more effective than pills in most situations. Though the cat may be less than pleased with the injections themselves, in most cases they will begin to become familiar with the process and will behave better as time goes by. These additional treatment options, when combined with a diet that is carefully monitored, may even send the disease into remission. It is certainly treatable, even in progressive cases.
Some conditions, like mesothelioma, may mimic diabetes in the symptoms that present themselves. Lethargy, inability to keep down food, and physical weakness could be due to any number of conditions, and this is where a vet comes in handy. Ultimately, if the pet cat is acting a bit odd and is simply not itself, then this is the time to schedule an appointment with a professional. Vets have whole batteries of innovative tests that they can run on animals, and one of these should offer up a diagnosis.
Feline diabetes is a serious illness that can nevertheless be treated if it is caught in time and treated proactively. Most cat’s will go on to live normal and happy lives with their owners.
Thanks to Jackie for this informative article!