Diabetes in cats is becoming increasingly common due to over feeding of high carbohydrate diets. In addition,many pet cats don’t exercise very much, compounding weight gain.
Because of these factors, type 2 diabetes predominates, just as overweight people are also prone to type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that this condition is relatively easy to manage in cats, and when the right treatment and diet are put in place they can even go into remission.
Without treatment, however, diabetes in cats is a fatal condition so early intervention is important once any of the following symptoms are noticed:
- Weight loss
- Increased thirst +/- urination
- Ever increasing appetite
What needs to be done?
If your cat is showing any of these symptoms, especially if he or she is a bit on the chubby side, please call the clinic for advice, as they could become very unwell in a short period of time.