Monday, August 27, 2007

Feline Diabetes

Today's topic, after a long delay, comes from the realization of looking at my neighbours cat and wondering what if a cat had diabetes, or so called "feline diabetes".

For humans you would notice the symptoms, or you may not. If you do not usually it happens where its really bad and then in the hospital they find out you are diabetic. A little to late to control the factors such as diet in order to improve your diabetes.

But what about a cat? A cat can't really tell you what's wrong. What do you do when it throws up or is mopey around the house. You clean it up or think lazy cat, what's wrong with you, and you continue your day. What if the reason the cat seemed lazy was because of diabetes? It's possible. So how can you tell if the cat, or any other pet like your dog, has diabetes? Is feline diabetes common?

Feline diabetes is the same as for humans, a deficiency in the ability to produce insulin. With that deficiency, the body is not working at 100%, and the food the cat eats is not converted properly with the insulin.

How can you tell if your feline cat is diabetic?
Here are some signs:

1) The cat goes pee a lot!!! You see pee stains all over your house, go get it checked out.

2) Weight loss in your cat! If you cat is half its weight from a few months back, that could be a clear indication of feline diabetes.

3) If your cat is lethargic, then add that to the number of symptoms your cat is experiencing.

4) Last big sign for feline diabetes (cat diabetes), is that the cat may have a disorder called neuropathy which causes a weakness in the rear legs. If you see your cats rear legs not working like normal, take your cat to the vet.

As you can see, and know I know after my thoughts about feline diabetes, aka cat diabetes, there are plenty of early warning signs just like for humans, so please take care of your pets!

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