There are many symptoms and causes as well of diabetes in cats. An alarming number of cats are suffering with diabetes and developing diabetes mellitus very rapidly which lead to coma, dehydration, severe depression, vomiting, Loss of appetite and weight loss and if left untreated then can cause death also. Developing of diabetes in cats is an inability of producing insulin level to balance the blood sugar levels.
There are some certain signs are found in the cats suffering with diabetes commonly, but owner should go for the laboratory tests for the better treatment as these symptoms can also be seen in other diabetes.
Symptoms of diabetes in cats:
Symptoms of diabetes in cats are referred as sign and high blood sugar level can produces the symptoms of diabetes mellitus. The most common and typically signs of diabetes in cats are listed below.
- Polyuria (continuously urination)
- Change in weight often weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Change in walking
- Decreased in activity
- Polydipsia (increased in thirst)
- Inappropriate elimination
Nausea and vomiting in cats can be seen due to the ketones. Ketones are waste products which are accumulated when cats who suffer with diabetes break down their own fat for energy. The production of these waste products (ketones) and drop in pH of blood often called ketoacidosis which are so dangerous and life threatening.
Polyuria and polydipsia:
Glucose level becomes abnormal as they are not entered in the cell properly then glucose level in the blood sugar level becomes higher. Kidneys filter the glucose and then this glucose moves into urine which carries out lot of water that’s the reason that cats with diabetes urination more and even more thirst.
Weakness and depression:
Cats with mellitus diabetes loss their significant muscle mass. Every animal eat calories but cannot use them that’s why they has less energy. Weight loss due to diabetes in cats contributes to weakness in them. Cats with diabetes cannot groom well as they become depressed and lethargic. If remain untreated cats lost their interest in surrounding and becomes more depressed and lethargic.
Change in weight:
Animals eat food and get calories from it but cannot use them properly. In diabetes they loss their own fat for energy and loss weight significantly.
Loss of appetite:
In diabetes the hypothalamus not work properly and cats not feel well even not feel hunger much. Cats also eat less when suffering with diabetes because frankly.
Change in walking:
In many of cats those have abnormal blood sugar level in the body causes abnormal nervous system too. Though abnormal nervous systems, there is found a change in their mood and change in walking in the cats. Hooks of cats touching ground in this case and this abnormality is called diabetic neuropathy.
Some time cats are not peeing in litter box this is because of many medical reasons, diabetes in cats is one of them. Inappropriate elimination is a common behavior of diabetic cats or older cats. It might be first symptoms in cats of diabetes. Diabetes can cause a urinary infection that may cause inappropriate elimination in cats.
Causes of diabetes in cats:
When a hormone known as insulin disable to move the glucose from bloodstream to cells that produces the mellitus diabetes in cats like humans as cats are quite similar with people when comes to diabetes. In this body produces insulin but much more sensitive to the hormones. Glucose level becomes higher in the bloodstream and many of symptoms of diabetes are shown such as thirst, urination, vomiting weight loss and inappropriate elimination.
If treated not properly the diabetes becomes life threatening. In a recent research this is founds that older cats have more risk of diabetes than young ones.
Nevertheless the exact reason of diabetes in cats is not known although a study claim that diabetes attack overweight cats. Overweight makes body less sensitive of affects of insulin.
Treatment of diabetes in cats naturally:
The regular insulin shots might not a good idea for your feline, take some home remedies but not rely totally on that. Diabetes in cats can be treated or manage naturally by taking some easy steps.
Low carb diet can be helpful for diabetic cats as cats breakdowns more carbohydrates rather than humans. Cat’s parents should combine insulin with low carb food as treatment. It is more easy natural method for the treatment of diabetes in cats. A study believes some diabetes can be managed only by the low carb diet without insulin.
Cats suffering with diabetes or at the risk of developing diabetes can be cured by the foods which are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates should contain fiber that helps to slow down their absorption.
Other thing to do is exercise. Exercise is a natural approach to manage the diabetes in cats and it is really effective than continuous insulin shots. Cat’s parents should take care of diet and exercise as much as they can. Simply encourage cats to move around the house and placed bowl of food little far from the location so cat put some efforts to get his food. You should play with your cat, toss a mouse down to the hall and allow him to get it. This is a critical exercise helpful for the reducing the blood sugar level in cats.
The change in insulin dose can make by the consult with your veterinarian. The need of change in the dose of insulin is occur due to change in diet and a mismatch between diet and insulin dose can be fatal for the life of feline.