Feline Diabetes Awareness

November 22, 2010

This month is American Diabetes Month, an important time to raise awareness about the health risks Diabetes could pose for your cat. Many American cats are overweight and it is estimated that one out of every 200 cats in this country have Diabetes. Just as in humans, obesity in cats leads to a higher risk of developing Diabetes. If your feline friend is looking a little extra “fluffy”, we urge you to watch for the following early warning signs of Diabetes:

Your cat may want to eat and drink more yet suddenly lose weight. You might also notice your cat urinating much more frequently and appearing very lethargic. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, it is important to visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. Feline Diabetes is typically more manageable when caught in its early stages.  Home Glucose Monitoring Kits are available to help pet owners track cats’ blood sugar levels and ensure that their diet is effective in managing Diabetes. Many cats with Diabetes are able to live active and healthy lives thanks to the great care and attention they receive from their owners and veterinarians.

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