Sleuth has heard some disturbing reports about an increase in cases of diabetes in cats. More than 28 million people in the US suffer from diabetes, but how many pets? Sleuth sent the Veterinary News Network out to discover some answers.
1) While cases of diabetes in dogs have remained fairly static over the last two decades, cases of the disease in cats have jumped significantly.
2) Experts estimate that as many as 1 in every 200-400 cats suffers from diabetes. This number has increased as veterinarians are seeing more and more overweight and obese cats.
3) In dogs, diabetes usually is caused by an improper immune response that destroys the cells responsible for making insulin. In cats, the situation is more comparable to what happens in most people. The cells either become exhausted or canít respond to signals to make insulin.
4) Neutered male cats who are inactive are at highest risk for diabetes. So, any overweight kitty should be checked regularly for this disease.
5) Cats with diabetes often donít show any clinical signs for months. Early signs include increased drinking and urination and an increased appetite but no weight gain.
6) Without treatment, cats will eventually have unbalanced blood chemistry, dehydrate and die.
7) Thankfully, we can test for diabetes with a simple blood panel. We will also check your catís urine for the presence of glucose.
8) Most cats will initially need insulin injections, but, with the right diet and increased exercise, you might be able to reduce or even eliminate the need for insulin.
9) Diabetes is a major concern in cats, but we can help you understand how best to prevent or treat this illness.
10) Trust a site like MyVNN.com to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.