Bubba and Diabetes

Bubba the cat.

Bubba the cat.

Bubba the wonder cat strutted through 20 years of good health, although he was as big as a miniature cow. In February, I noticed he lost a lot of weight and was drinking lakes worth of water.

A trip to the vet and several tests later, he was diagnosed with diabetes. Not only did this require changing his diet but those of my other two cats. Goodbye, dry food.

A special treat for Bubba was insulin injections. After a few fumbling attempts, we settled into a routine and Bubba accepted the inevitable with good grace.

Feline diabetes can affect cat at any time but it is more common in older, overweight felines. Like humans, they can suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 is when the body does not produce enough insulin; Type 2 occurs when the body can’t process insulin efficiently.

Symptoms include:

  • weight loss
  • excessive thirst/urination
  • dehydration
  • vomiting
  • general weakness.

Be sure to have a vet make the proper diagnosis.

Diabetes can be managed through diet, insulin injections and watching glucose levels. Your vet can give your flaky material that you add to cat litter, and it will change color according to your cat’s blood sugar level. Sometimes, oral medications are used.

Remember, some cats live many years after the initial diagnosis.

The following links may help you better understand felines diabetes:

FelineDiabetes.com

VetInfo.com

Vet.Cornell.edu

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