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Prevention Is Better Than Cure for Cat Diabetes

April 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 98

Feline (Cat) Diabetes - found predominantly in older obese male cats - This can be either type 1 or 2 diabetes the same as in humans. Type 1 is caused by insufficient insulin produced by the pancreas and Type 2 is the inability of the body's cells to efficiently handle insulin.

Why has this happened to my cat, why not my neighbors cat. How devastating it would be for you to have your best friend diagnosed with feline diabetes. Do not despair diabetes in animals like humans is treatable.

Questions, so many to ask, so many answers needed. How long will he/she live will it cost me a lot, what medicines are needed, how can I make things right again. A complete overview of caring for your cat is paramount if he/she is to live a long life. Most diabetic cats cared for properly have a normal life expectancy (around 17 years or more).

Initially the cost can be quite substantial. However once diagnosed and the diabetes regulated the costs decrease as vet visits become less often and you can manage your cats' diabetes from home. Your pet will now have to be given daily medications/insulin and a proper diet. Commitment to providing love and care will be paramount to ensure your cat will have a long life expectancy.

Prevention as a rule is better than cure

Avoid cat junk food - for example dry kibbled cat food. This is the number one cause for the onset of cat diabetes. This type of poor-quality, highly processed carbohydrate rich food causes many felines to become diabetic. Avoid any brand of dry cat food. Choose a canned/pouched or a raw meat diet.

Early signs of diabetes - This includes Weakness in the limbs evidenced by limping. It can also be related to some other diseases, for example pancreatitis. So it is best to get veterinary advice promptly.

Symptoms of diabetes

Loss of appetite, excessive thirst and urination. Weakness and lethargy. Vomiting. Breathing abnormalities, poor coat and skin condition. Dehydration.

Treatment - As with human diabetes feline diabetes is treated the same way. Either by insulin or diet control.

Insulin - Cats with Type 1 diabetes as well as some Type 2 will need insulin. Your vet will train you to give these injections. Often they may prescribe oral medication. You will also need to monitor your cats' glucose level with a special monitoring machine.

By following professional advice and providing your cat with fresh water, quality food a pleasant environment and lots of love and care your cat will live a long stress free life.

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