Did you know that your cat can get diabetes? There are three types of feline diabetes (whereas there is only two types of human diabetes). Here is a simple explanation of each of the three feline diabetes:
Type 1 Feline Diabetes: This is basically an insulin deficiency. This is where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Type 1 diabetes is not very common with cats, and the definition is similar to the Type 1 diabetes in humans.
Type 2 Feline Diabetes: This is when the insulin that is being provided to the cat isn’t being responded to by the cat’s organs. This causes the cat to become hyperglycemic, just in the same way as Type 2 human diabetes. This is the most common form of feline diabetes.
Type 3 Feline Diabetes: This only occurs when another disease has affected the feline’s pancreas and effects it’s ability to produce insulin.
So what are some symptoms? Here is a list of the most common:
- Weakness or lethargy
- Changes in eating habits (usually an increase in food intake)
- Weight loss (even though your cat has been eating more)
- Problems with eyesight
- Increase in urination
- Increase in thirst
If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend calling your vet to let them know of your concerns with your furry friend. A simple examination at our office can help determine if your cat is suffering from diabetes. If your cat is diagnosed with diabetes, we will put together a regimen for you and your cat to follow.