By Smarty — One of many Cat Breeds blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
How can you tell if your cat has diabetes?
There are many signs.
One of the most common symptoms is increased thirst, which is related to the second most common initial sign of diabetes - increased urination.
Other possible symptoms of feline diabetes include:
You should take your furry friend to the vet for blood and urine testing immediately. Urine testing will show if there are traces of glucose in the urine and the blood testing will show the blood sugar levels of your cat.
If the disease is left untreated it could be debilitating. The damage caused by feline diabetes could be nerve damage, organ failure, blindness, and even death.
Fortunately, if your cat does have diabetes there are different treatment options available. One would be to give your cat daily insulin injections.
You'll need to pay attention to the cat's blood glucose levels, because the efficiency of supplements and positive health changes could require that the insulin doses be reduced. It is safer for the cat to have slightly high blood glucose levels than if they drop really low. Giving your cat to much insulin can be deadly if not closely monitored.You should closely monitor the blood sugar levels to ensure proper insulin dosing, or risk harm and possibly resulting in death.
It's also important that you vary the injection site. If injections are administered in the same place every time, scar tissue will build up and the insulin will not be absorbed properly by the body.
If you choose this option, be aware of the possible negative side effects and report any you notice to your vet,
If you can promote a healthier lifestyle for your cat such as adequate exercise, raw unprocessed foods, proper medical treatment such as insulin and health promoting supplements, you may be able to reduce or eliminate their suffering from feline diabetes altogether.
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