Diabetes in Cats

posted: by: Boehringer Ingelheim Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

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 difficult 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.

Make an appointment with your 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.

With the right care, a diabetic cat can live a long and happy life. Early detection and treatment are key. If you notice any of these signs in your feline friend please call to schedule an appointment today.