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Diabetes in Cats


Diabetes is a medical condition where the body is unable to produce enough insulin to balance the blood sugar levels throughout the body. Pancreatitis, genetic factors, and lifestyle can all be contributing causes to diabetes. Generally, older cats and obese cats are more at-risk to diabetes. The major signs of diabetes in cats include: 

  • Increased thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetite

The treatment for diabetes is insulin therapy and an effective diet. The goal of insulin therapy is to keep the blood sugar levels in a specified range throughout the body. Since the body doesn’t respond effectively to the insulin naturally secreted in the body, insulin therapy can provide a much needed boost in keeping glucose levels down. Additionally, diet is a key component of diabetes treatment. You will want to feed your cat a high-protein and low-carb diet where the meals are timed with the insulin injections. This way, the calories are absorbed into the body when the insulin is at its highest levels. You will need to monitor your cat’s weight throughout the treatment. Although having diabetes may require a different approach to your cat’s lifestyle, they can still lead a relatively normal and healthy life.

Ask Our Vets At Northwood Animal Hospital About Diabetes Treatment

If your cat is suffering from diabetes, then bring your feline over to Northwood Animal Hospital in the San Antonio area. Our experienced vets will make sure that your cat’s health needs are met and we can help craft a wellness plan to ensure your cat’s longevity and health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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