Do cats with diabetes drink a lot of water?
The cat urinates more which makes him thirsty and he drinks more water. The common signs of diabetes include increases in appetite, water consumption, and urination, along with weight loss.
What should I do if my cat has diabetes?
A poor diet may have brought on your cat’s diabetes in the first place. Now it’s time to get back on the right track. Vets put overweight or obese cats on a calorie-controlled diet. These cuddly cats have an unfortunately habit of storing fat inside insulin-producing cells, which smothers their ability to produce vital insulin.
How old was my diabetic cat when he died?
I have now had 2 cats that were diabetic. Both at the age of 8. My first diabetic cat lived to be 16 & had insulin shots twice a day. I just lost my second diabetic cat Monday at the age of 13. He also received shots twice a day. I have 13 years now of dealing with diabetic cats & hope I never have to do this again.
Can a cat with diabetes have kidney failure?
When an older cat is presented to the veterinarian with the common symptoms of drinking lots of water, urinating tons and losing weight, a diagnosis of feline diabetes can actually be good news. It’s often better news than kidney failure or liver failure in many cases.
Can you give a diabetic cat an insulin shot?
Injections are not that difficult to give, even when cat, Mr. Mug, is acting like Mr. Angrypants. Stick the furry face in some food and pop in the tiny amount of insulin, and it’s over. Pilling a cat is probably much more difficult on a daily basis than giving an injection.
How can you tell if your cat has diabetes?
Keep in mind that when you live with multiple cats, it’s not always possible to know if one is drinking or urinating excessively, two of the hallmark signs of diabetes in cats. I wasn’t aware it was going on in my house and I’m a vet.
How old do cats have to be to have diabetes?
Diabetes in Older Cats. Obesity is a predisposing factor for all cats, and Burmese cats may have a genetic predisposition. Male cats have twice the risk of females. At greatest risk are neutered male cats over 10 years of age and over 15 pounds in weight.
Why was my cat Calvin diagnosed with diabetes?
Calvin was diagnosed when he was was due to the fact I was running routine blood work on all my cats in preparation for their dental cleanings, and although Calvin appeared to be the healthiest of all my cats, his blood work showed a glucose level of 476!
What kind of insulin do you give a cat for diabetes?
Treating diabetes in cats can be challenging for both veterinarians and cat owners for two reasons: (2) Not all insulin works well for cats. Over the years, many different types of insulin have been used for cat diabetes. Beef insulin is the closest match to cat insulin, then pork, and the least compatible is human.