Cats join dogs and fishes as common household buddies. Although they behave differently they can provide the same kind of enjoyment as other types of domesticated animals. They can easily light up a room with their charming antics.
Varying health conditions can bring your feline friend down. One of the more common culprit related to her downfall is diabetes. Educate yourself and keep all of her nine lives intact.
1. Know your cat's enemy. Recent vet studies indicate that cats have become usual targets of diabetes. In lieu with this, the need to gain an understanding of how such disorder can affect your pet is an excellent start for her treatment program.
- The first signs you have to watch out for are increased urination and drinking along with sudden changes in weight.
- Your cat's appetite can pick up. There are cases that levels can reach highs of up to three times. The gait of your feline companion can become wobbly due to the weakening of her back legs.
- Validation of the disorder can be done in two ways: strips can measure glucose levels in her urine or glucose readings from blood sample taken via an ear or paw prick.
- When positive results come in you have to observe your cat for signs of life-threatening complications like dehydration and ketoacidosis.
2. Cut her carb down. Research has continually favored diet alteration as an effective treatment for feline diabetes. The best thing about it is that it need not rely on other means to become an effective remedy. Experts have come to know that once a low carbohydrates program has taken off the need to put insulin injections into the picture instantly fades away. The reason behind the strength of such diet regimen lies in the fact that the insulin levels required are lowered. This leads to stable blood glucose readings making it easier to monitor the animal's condition.
3. Change your feeding ways. Cat diabetes has been linked with dry food feeding. This type of diet has also been marked as a leading cause of pancreatic cancer. These types of food have a negative effect of giving your cat a feeling of being starved. Moreover she does not receive the ideal levels of nutrition to keep her in good shape. Worst case scenarios involve the animal being overfed leading to excessive weight gain. As the carbohydrate levels in your cat's system rise, blood sugar levels follow. This becomes a dangerous situation as your yarn buddy starts to develop insulin resistance.
4. Consider her vital organs. Have a serious talk with your vet about the effectiveness of oral medications. Check the patency of your cat's pancreas before letting her participate in a program that involves Glipizide. Although it has the ability to stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin its effects on other organs like the liver has marked it as a questionable treatment tool.
5. Shake those fats away. Obesity has been associated with all forms of diabetes so it is up to you to maintain her weight within acceptable ranges. Play is a good way to give her a finely tuned workout.
As with any treatment program consistency is significant. Increase chances of remission by ensuring her undivided attention and participation.