Diabetic Cat Treatment — Read This First

Diabetic cat treatment and care doesn’t have to be difficult. Read up on the symptoms, and how to properly care for your pet after diagnosis.

Diabetes treatment and care will likely involve daily injections for your cat. By: Melissa Wiese

Diabetes care for a cat must be a priority if your pet is diagnosed with the disease. A very high concentration of sugar in blood and urine indicates that the cat is diabetic.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

  • The cat is losing too much weight, even if it is eating normally.
  • Drinking a lot of water and also urinates a lot.
  • The urine is sticky due to the high sugar content.

If you find any of these diabetes symptoms, consult your veterinarian. Do not take these symptoms lightly, as there is a possibility that it will lead to a potentially dangerous health problem.

The vet may suggest changes in your pet’s diet, and this will include high-fiber foods. If your cat is overweight, the vet may also suggest a planned approach to weight reduction.

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There are cases where the medication will help bring the sugar level under control.

In most cases you might have to give insulin shots daily. The vet will be able to provide you with the correct way to administer the insulin shot.

Check out this quick video of the injection process:

Before you give the shot, make sure that the cat has had its food. It may take some time before your kitty gets used to taking insulin shots every day, so you will need to be patient and firm while administering the shot.

Diabetic Cat Treatment

Monitor the cat’s progress and keep track of all its medicine needs.

There are instances when feline diabetes is caused by some other illness. If that illness is diagnosed and treated, the diabetic symptoms also seem to vanish. Even if your kitten is diagnosed with diabetes, there is little need to worry: Your pet may be able to lead a rather normal life.

Remember to consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment. Always monitor the blood sugar level (blood glucose levels) regularly. But apart from the medications, keep in mind that treatment should also involve unconditional love and patience!


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