Diabetes in Cats

Detection & Diagnosis

Watch for Changes

There can be visible changes to your cat's behavior and overall health from diabetes, and no one knows your pet better than you. It is important that your cat be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian at least once a year. For cats at risk, more frequent visits may be advised.

Signs of Feline Diabetes

Knowing the signs of diabetes is the first step in protecting your cat's health. If any of these signs apply to your pet, bring your cat to your veterinarian for a checkup:

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Urinates frequently or large amounts
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Drinks a lot of water
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Always hungry
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Weight loss
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Dull or dry coat
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Sleeps more or is less active

"When I was first diagnosed, I was depressed and didn't want to play. Diabetes can show many signs like this."


A Visit to Your Veterinarian

If your cat shows signs of diabetes, your veterinarian will ask about them, and check your cat's general health to rule out the possibility of other conditions or infections.

The first test your veterinarian will do is check your cat's urine for the presence of glucose and ketones. If indicated, the next step is to measure your cat's blood glucose concentration. The diagnosis only becomes definite when glucose is persistently found both in the urine and at a high level in the blood.

Talk to Your Vet Today

Find a veterinarian to learn more about pet diabetes, and how cats and dogs can lead a happy, healthy life with proper management.

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