Feline Diabetes Has Four Dangerous Complications
A diabetic cat may need insulin injections
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Do you live with a diabetic cat? If you do, you already know that it’s necessary to pay a lot more attention to your kitty’s health. Although cat diabetes doesn’t cause circulatory problems or blindness like diabetes in people does, there are four dangerous complications of feline diabetes that you need to know about.
The cat owner will notice weakness in the pet’s legs. If you notice your kitty walking on her “wrists” on her front legs, or on her “elbows” on her back legs, she may have feline diabetes. Nerve damage results when the blood glucose levels are too high over a period of time. This condition is sometimes reversed when cat diabetes is treated.
This problem is often seen in an untreated feline diabetic. Glucose is normally broken down by the kitty’s body for energy. But in cat diabetes, the body can’t break down this glucose, so the body starts breaking down fat instead. This process produces ketones, which are a waste product. The build-up of ketones causes ketoacidosis, which is a fatal condition unless the kitty receives immediate veterinary care.
Symptoms of ketoacidosis in cats include:
- Breath either smells sweet, or like nail polish remover
- Either excessive thirst, or not drinking any water at all
- Not eating for more than twelve hours
- Fast breathing
- Weakness and lethargy
- Frequent urination
If a diabetic cat is given too much insulin, or doesn’t eat on schedule, her blood sugar levels may drop to dangerously low levels. Kitty may stagger around and be uncoordinated, and seizures may follow. A fatal coma may follow.
Treat feline hypoglycemia by rubbing a little corn syrup or honey on the cat’s gums. Don’t wait to take the cat to the vet, as this is an emergency.
Any overweight kitty who suddenly goes without eating is at risk for developing this problem. Instead of using glucose for energy, the kitty’s body breaks down fat instead, which causes a build-up of fat in the liver. Symptoms are similar to ketoacidosis, and also include jaundice, or a yellowing of the cat’s eyes and gums. Again, get Kitty to the vet right away, as this is an emergency.
Prevent Complications Of Diabetes in Cats
If the cat’s blood glucose levels are kept at normal levels, these complications of feline diabetes can often be avoided. Research shows that natural remedies for cats, which include the herbs astragalus, fenugreek, and goat’s rue, along with chromium, are very effective for regulating blood sugar levels in kitties.
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