Diabetes in Cats or (Feline Diabetes Mellitus)

Diabetes in cats or (Feline Diabetes mellitus) sorry to say is common in older cats, and is especially common in cats that are fed dry food diets. There was a study in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery in 2006, that reported a high-protein, low-carb diets are as or more effective than insulin at causing remission of diabetes in cats. Now to me, changing your cats diet would be something to consider. I am no vet by any means or a nutritionist but since most dry cat food is high in carbs and deficient in high-quality protein, it makes sense that a lifetime of eating dry food could cause diabetes in middle-aged and older cats.

If your cat is showing any of these signs you should have him/her checked out by your vet for feline diabetes.

Signs to look for:

· Thirstier than usual

· Urinating frequently

· Hungry all the time but is also losing weight

· Unusually sweet-smelling breath

· Lethargy

· Muscle weakness

· Dehydration

· Poor coat condition

· Urinary tract infections

Diabetes mellitus is the result of not enough insulin that is being released from the pancreas, or there can be an abnormal release of insulin together with an inadequate response of the body’s cells to the insulin. So no matter how much your cat may eat he/she will lose weight. Continue reading “Diabetes in Cats or (Feline Diabetes Mellitus)”