Symptoms and Signs

Some of the symptoms of diabetes are similar to other illnesses but in general, this is what to look out for:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increase or loss of appetite
  • Weight loss (despite increased appetite)
  • Frequent urination
  • Lethargy

A visit to your veterinarian is definitely required if you see these signs.  In addition to a physical exam, they might recommend a urine culture (to rule out infection) and bloodwork, which is a key tool in diabetes diagnosis.

Diabetes most commonly affects older male cats who are overweight and/or have other health issues.  Of course, it’s possible for any cat to develop it.  Nala was diagnosed before she was 10 years old and hadn’t had any health issues, nor was she overweight.  She was the polar opposite to the ‘norm’.  Figures 😛

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