It’s diabetes awareness week
The week commencing 14th June is Diabetes Awareness Week 2021, so it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about the condition as diabetes mellitus is one of the most common hormonal disorders in cats.
Diabetes occurs when there is a reduced or total lack of the presence of the hormone insulin in the body. The body needs insulin to control levels of glucose in the bloodstream, and to enable the body to use glucose for energy or store and release it as needed. Without insulin, glucose levels aren’t regulated effectively, and can become dangerously high or low with serious health implications.
Common signs that your pet may be suffering from diabetes include:
- Increased urination, and your cat may be toileting outside their litter tray
- Drinking more water. You may notice you having to fill the water bowl more regularly
- Increased appetite, and your cat seemingly always asking for food
- Weight loss, even if you cat has a good appetite
- A duller coat, or perhaps your cat has stopped grooming
- Your cat has less energy and sleeps more
If you spot any of these signs, please give us a ring on 01922 411755. Middle and old-aged cats are more likely to contract the condition so it’s important to be especially vigilant if your cat falls into this age bracket.
Once we’ve confirmed diagnosis, we’ll give you lots of support and advice on how best to manage the condition in your cat, and we’ll work together to help your cat feel and behave much more like their old self! A big shout out to beautiful Indiana, one of our diabetic patients, who was photographed in practice having her glucose levels checked!