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Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in America. The disease affects about one in ten, with roughly a fifth of those being unaware of their condition. While diabetes isn’t as common in cats, it’s by no means unheard of. Up to one percent of our feline buddies have the condition. While it may be frightening to hear Fluffy’s diagnosis, it’s important to realize that kitties can live for years after being diagnosed. In fact, caring for a diabetic kitty may be much easier than you think. A local Ashburn, VA vet offers some insight on this below.
Fluffy will most likely need a special diet. Typically, this is going to be a low-carb wet food. Meals should be offered at set times, which can get tricky if you have other cats. You may want to feed your diabetic pet in a separate area. You can also get her a dish that will only open for her microchip.
As with people, diabetes in cats is typically managed with insulin. Your vet may adjust insulin dosages according to how her condition develops. There is a bit of a learning curve here, but once you get the hang of it, those injections will only take a minute.
Diabetes affects blood and urine glucose levels, which can fluctuate drastically. Some kitties may go into clinical remission after a short course of insulin treatments. Others may seem stable, but can experience spikes. Proper monitoring is crucial. Your vet can teach you how to test Fluffy’s glucose. You’ll also need to keep an eye out for red flags, such as increased thirst and/or urination.
Fluffy may need to come in more than most kitties. It’s important to keep close tabs on her condition, so her treatment regimen can be adjusted as needed. It’s also worth noting that diabetic kitties can be prone to other health conditions.
Many cats live several years after diagnosis. One study revealed an average of three years after diagnosis. That’s quite significant, when one considers that the disease is more common in older kitties. That said, it’s important to talk to your vet. Every kitty is different!
We recommend that all cats stay in, but this is particularly important for those with health issues. Keep your furry little friend safe and sound indoors!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Ashburn, VA pet hospital, anytime!