Cat Can Smell Diabetes in Humans

The symbol for diabetes.

The symbol for diabetes.

There’s a warm, furry medical testing device in Florida. His name is Elijah and this kitty can detect diabetes in humans.

Elijah can smell ketones — an indicator of high blood sugar — in someone’s breath. The orange-and-white cat apparently taught himself this life-saving skill.

Watch the Zootootv report

More than 18 million Americans suffer from diabetes, so imagine what the power of the purr could do for health care.

The signs of low blood sugar include:

  • Hunger
  • Confusion
  • Nervousness
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Trouble speaking
  • Feeling weak.

Signs of high blood sugar include:

  • Confusion
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Extreme thirst
  • Warm, dry skin that does not sweat
  • High fever
  • Loss of vision
  • Hallucinations.
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