THE DIABETIC CAT
If you have ever lived with someone developing diabetes, you will be aware that they suffer certain symptoms such as:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive hunger
- Excessive urination
- Weight loss
Interestingly, a cat developing diabetes will show just the same symptoms. Should you happen to notice these indicators you and your cat should head for the vet's office as soon as possible for a check up.
So what is diabetes?
Just like a human, the cells in a cat's body require energy to operate. This energy comes from glucose that is acquired from the food your cat eats. Insulin is the very necessary hormone that lets glucose move from the bloodstream into the cells. Unfortunately, in diabetes there is little or no insulin. The glucose cannot get from the bloodstream and into the body cells. When the cells don't get glucose, they begin to starve. In the end,
your cat will eat and eat to satisfy its hunger.
The situation is then made worse because the emergency glucose stored in the body's muscle and fat stores is released into the bloodstream as well. As more glucose enters the bloodstream without insulin, glucose levels pitch even higher. Eventually, there is so much sugar or glucose in the body, it is excreted in the urine; something the kidneys are designed to actually prevent. This produces the excess thirst in a cat that is developing diabetes.
Luckily, the disease can be treated with diet, exercise, insulin or a combination thereof.
What can help prevent diabetes in your cat?
- Don't let your cat become a couch potato!
- Do not give your cat treats, most are groaning with calories.
- Remember the domestic cat came out of the savannahs of Africa and was and still is, a natural hunter, its diet should be comprised of raw meats.
- You can feed your diabetic cat a diet of fresh natural foods using lean meats, low carbohydrates, absolutely no sugar and a few vegetables.
- Always feed your cat on a regular schedule.
Thanks to your help and a diet of fresh natural foods, a cat with diabetes can still live a regular happy, healthy life.
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