We recently wrote an article about diabetes and dogs. Today we will be covering cats. There are a few differences in the progression of diabetes in cats. The main one being that cats are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This is when insulin is either not effective enough or too little of it is produced. Because knowing is half the battle, here are some symptoms of diabetes in cats.
• Increased water consumption
• Increased urination
• Weight loss
• An increase in appetite followed by loss of appetite
Another sign is the cat having a plantigrade stance. This is where the cat’s back legs are weak, and they stand in a stooped over position. Instead of walking on their back toes, they will walk with their hocks either on the ground or close to it.
Risk factors for diabetes in cats are obesity, male gender, genetics, and age. While diet can’t 100% prevent diabetes, it can help reduce the risk for it, specifically a low-carbohydrate diet. If you believe your cat may have diabetes, please don’t hesitate to bring them in for a checkup. We can look to see if they have it and plan an appropriate treatment plan.