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Posted on 09-30-2011
Here at Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin, your local emergency vet clinic, we see cat owners who have concerns about injured and sick cats. A common condition affecting cats is Diabetes Mellitus. Diabetes mellitus, often called simply "diabetes" or "sugar diabetes," is seen in cats whose pancreas does not make sufficient insulin. This is a fairly common problem in cats, and our after-hours veterinarian has the resources to help you navigate through this condition and get your cat on the road to recovery.
Insulin adheres to the surface of a cat's body cells and regulates the glucose as it enters from the bloodstream. When there is too little insulin, glucose levels will begin to rise and will cause several different damaging effects on the cat's health. High glucose levels often cause cats to exhibit the specific signs of diabetes.
Cat symptoms will generally start because the cat is trying to make up for the lack of energy is is feeling. Our after-hours veterinarian cautions pet owners to look out for symptoms like sudden weight loss, markedly increased appetite, dramatically increased thirst, and more frequent urination.
Generally speaking, cat owners who visit our Austin emergency vet clinic with a cat who may have diabetes mellitus will have observed at least two of the above symptoms, and possibly will have observed all four of these symptoms. While these symptoms are helpful indicators of the possible presence of diabetes mellitus, a blood glucose test and a urinalysis are necessary to determine if diabetes is present in a cat.
If your cat has shown symptoms that could be diabetes mellitus, it is important that you pursue testing. Cats at any stage of life can get diabetes mellitus, but it does not have to be any impediment to a long and healthy life if properly treated!
Do you have questions about diabetes in cats? Please let us know so we can help!
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