Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Diabetes

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Cats with diabetes have high blood glucose levels. This is caused by a deficiency of insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas. 

Under the influence of insulin the body takes glucose up from the blood and uses it as an energy source.

Diabetes mellitus is mostly seen in older cats and is more common in males than females. Obese cats and Burmese cats are more commonly affected.

Diabetic cats produce more urine and, to compensate for this, drink more. This may not be obvious if the cat goes outdoors and has access to pools of water.  Some cats urinate outside the tray after being litter trained for years.  Indoor cats saturate the litter rapidly.

Many cats lose weight despite an increase in appetite.

A history of drinking and urinating more, a good appetite and weight loss suggests diabetes.  Your vet will test for high blood glucose and the presence of glucose in the urine. Stress may also cause a transient rise in glucose levels in cats so your cat may be admitted to hospital for a day for a series of blood glucose tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Untreated diabetes eventually causes loss of appetite and lethargy.

Cats with diabetes mellitus are treated with insulin injectionsWeight loss in obese cats can sometimes lead to remission of the diabetes.  Stopping drugs such as prednisolone may also resolve the condition.

Treatment for most cats involves a twice daily injection of insulin. They feel little pain because only a very fine needle is used. Usually insulin is given 12 hours apart at the same time as a meal.

Unlike diabetic humans or dogs diabetic cats require a low carbohydrate diet, high protein diet.  Specially formulated diets such as Hills m/d are low in carbohydrate and high in protein and ideal for diabetic cats.  Many small meals or grazing are fine as long as the cat is not overweight.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

blocked cat cta fight heavy breathing love kidney mass drinking a lot vaccination FORLS vomit antiviral checkup flea treatment paracetamol wool poison mince feline AIDS strange behaviour abscess holiday vocal training kitten play feline enteritis permethrin decision to euthanase new kitten rigid head introductions high blood pressure furball calicivirus cat history comfortis new year vet visit dilated pupils bladder stones runny nose visit urinating on curtains or carpet old cat examination radioactive iodine painful skin cancer mental health of cats yowling hyperactive drinking more sick urinating snakes change wet litter senses snot check-up antibiotics poisons sudden blindness body language cat worms worming stress fleas hunters mycoplasma breeder kidney disease corneal ulcer feline herpesvirus old skinny ulcer intestine lilies annual check tablet dental check home eyes worms bed computer pred blue ulcerated nose ACT cat behaviour anaemia spray urine spraying microchip fireworks furballs sore ears fever head panleukopaenia headache photo competition toxins poisonous plants holidays fear thyroid food puzzles nails ulcers sucking wool fabric polish sick cat New Year's Eve cat fight litter box noisy breathing scratching post hearing sense of smell tartar introduce African wild cat vaccine grooming in season dry food revolution Canberra Cat Vet petting cat hunched over enemies twitching IBD aggression pica appetite urinating outside litter eye ulcer cancer pet introducing pain killer FIV christmas pet insurance learning return home allergy lick blood test desexing string bump vision salivation cough asthma rolls skin panadeine poisonous wobbles kibble outdoor cat hypertension snake bite cranky hairball touch lymphoma snuffle jumping behaviour chlamydia fits straining inflammatory bowel disease pill best veterinarian behaviour change blood in urine paralysis home visit flu kitten deaths panleukopenia cat enclosures foreign body bad breath obese blind collapse allergy, signs of pain diuretics xylitol panamax aerokat dymadon goodbye adipokines runny eyes stare into space scratch holes in teeth echocardiography cat flu free house call appointment hospital when to go to vet restless gifts carrier renal disease train constipation pheromone cat vet catoberfest nose scabs hungry vomiting award teeth itchy snuffles pancreatitis heaing mouth breathing paralysis tick hunter sore biopsy cystitis lilly desex moving insulin cortisone AIDS poisoning Canberra lily toxic dementia hard faeces spraying prednisolone grass kittens holes virus sore eyes introduction health check massage plaque diet blindness cryptococcosis heart disease eye infection feliway breathing difficult cognitive dysfunction rash not eating kidneys whiskers fight socialisation thirsty indoor cats enteritis cat containment dental aggressive blockage best cat clinic weight hyperthyroidism weight loss attack arthritis opening hours birthday tumour euthanasia slow face rub diarrhoea cat cat friendly Hill's Metabolic stiff hole diabetes unwell pain sun competition roundworm crytococcosus changed anxiety tapeworm urination advantage dental treatment sneeze seizures sensitive activity best clinic brown snake cage marking snakebite physical activity hunting aspirin panadol senior plants snake odour fat lump new cat gasping information night open night unsociable bite herpesvirus open day eye on heat weight control off food scale enclosure castration rub pet meat pain relief tooth cat enclosure best vet depomedrol meows a lot liver sensitive stomach exercise ribbon groom rough play tradesmen obesity joints spey paralysed blood fluid pills scratching litter abscess,cat fight lame client night blood pressure conflict overweight prey bladder thiamine deficiency tick hiding hypertrophic cardiomyopathy flea prevention kitten urine

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions