Signs of Feline Diabetes

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What are the signs of diabetes in cats?

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Diabetic cats need a bottomless water bowl and food dish. But even if you give them both, they would still lose weight. They would still be parched. These are the main signs of diabetes in cats. And they can baffle the owner of an animal so afflicted.

Feline diabetes occurs when your cat cannot properly process or dispose of sugar. Insulin, produced in the pancreas, is the hormone that regulates sugar in cats as well as humans. A lack of it causes trouble in both. Extreme urination is another symptom of feline diabetes. The disorder is treatable with medicine and diet. If you notice any sign of extreme hunger or thirst in your cat, contact your veterinarian immediately.

– Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM