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Cat Diabetes

Cat Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes or sugar diabetes is a well known disease in humans. It affects cats and other mammals as well.
The pancreas does not produce enough insulin, an hormone who controls the flow of glucose into the cells of the body.
Glucose is one of the components the digestion process brakes from the consumed food, being it a main source of energy.
Not having enough glucose leads in using other components, fat and protein as an alternative source of energy.

How can you perceive if your cat suffers from diabetes ?
Not having enough energy will lead the cat’s to eat more together with losing weight. More than that, the high level of sugar
in his body not reaching the right cells, is eliminated in the urine and the more urine he produces the more thirsty he becomes.

What to do when you notice symptoms like explained above?
Best thing to do is to contact a vet who will check professionally the cat condition.
Be aware that the sooner you discover and take care of diabetes the longer and better your cat will live.

Is it difficult to take care of a diabetic cat at home?
It depends, there is no equal rule for all possible variations, however in most cases the treatment includes a special nutrition,
probably insulin injections and in some cases Oral Hypoglycemic Medications as well.

The most important thing is to consult your vet as soon as possible after noticing diabetes symptoms.

It’s recommended to check from time to time how much your cat drinks. Over drinking might be a clue:

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How to Give Your Diabetic Cat an Insulin Injection

Dr. Mike shows you the easy way to give your cat an insulin injection. We'll visit Lisa and her diabetic cat to watch how its done. Dr. Mike educates you on the importance of using the proper syringe for your concentration of insulin.