Like humans, cats can suffer from diabetes, a chronic disease where the body doesn’t produce or can’t effectively utilize insulin, an essential hormone. Diabetic cats need glucose monitoring (which can be done at the veterinarian’s office or at home) and a healthy diet. They may require oral medication and/or insulin therapy (nearly 75% of diabetic cats require insulin shots). In some cases, once the cat’s blood sugar is regulated, they may not need insulin shots at all, provided they remain on a healthy, regulated diet.
Veterinarians will show owners how to administer an injection, which is generally a painless procedure ~ most cats don’t even know it’s taking place. Despite their health needs, cats with diabetes have the same personalities as non-diabetic cats and can be friendly, outgoing companions.
Diabetes supplies for cats are not overly expensive, but owners should be willing to provide vigilant care their felines. Regular veterinary appointments are essential as is keeping to a regular feeding and injection schedule.
Prognosis is good, as it is uncommon for cats to suffer the major complications common in humans (such as kidney failure and heart disease). With watchful care from owners and veterinarians, diabetic cats can live long, happy lives.