Feline diabetes is a glandular disorder that occurs from a decrease in insulin secretion from the pancreas or a decrease in the action of insulin, which is a hormone required to metabolize carbohydrates.
The classic clinical signs of diabetes include:
• excessive thirst and urination
• increased appetite with weight loss
• neurological dysfunction in some cats’ rear legs
High blood glucose accompanied by glucose in the urine confirms diagnosis.
Diets low in carbohydrates and high in protein can manage feline diabetes alone. If diet doesn’t control blood glucose levels, however, there are a variety of insulin products approved for use in cats. Cat owners can administer insulin at home and monitor their cat’s blood glucose so that it doesn’t go too high or too low.
Work closely with your veterinarian to keep your cat’s blood glucose in check.