Cat Diabetes Symptoms
An alarming number of felines nowadays are suffering from diabetes mellitus and it’s important for cat owners to know what cat diabetes symptoms are and what they have to do when their pets are diagnosed with it.
The cause of feline diabetes.
The cause of feline diabetes is still unknown, but many studies have pointed out that feline diabetes closely resembles type 2 diabetes in humans. It occurs when the pancreas cannot produce a sufficient amount of insulin, a hormone that is responsible for glucose regulation in the bloodstream. This lack of insulin results in the build-up of glucose and if left untreated, feline diabetes can lead to depression, weakness, and in time it can also affect your cat’s motor functions. Although majority of the cats that are diagnosed with this disease is either an older or an overweight cat, there’s nothing wrong about learning more about this life-threatening disease.
What symptoms should I look for?
The most common symptoms of feline diabetes are weight loss despite the sudden change in appetite, increased thirst and urination. Cats are adventurous, and as one of the greatest hunters in the wild, so it’s in their nature to be active. Take that as a pointer, and start to closely monitor your cat since abnormal weakness and decreased activity are another common symptoms found in cats with diabetes mellitus.
What causes those common symptoms?
Increased thirst is the result of glucose not being able to enter the cells, it’s being filtered out by the kidneys and disposed with water straight away. Your cat then instinctively tries to make up for it by drinking more water. If your cat is eating more than he used to and is still losing weight, it’s because his body can’t properly break down and process the food he ate. In turn, the body burns his own body fat to produce energy. This results in the decreased activity as the energy produced is not enough for your cat to do any other activities. Often cats lose interest in anything other than laying down and grooming himself. In severe, untreated case of diabetes mellitus, cats that have to burn their own body fat for energy also accumulate waste products known as ketone in the process. This causes extreme nausea and vomiting.
Diabetes is surely a challenging disease, but don’t wait until it’s too late! Start observing your cat after you’ve finished reading this cat diabetes symptoms article, it may help your pet’s life.