National Diabetes Month: Early Detection and Risk Factors to Avoid

National Diabetes Month: Early Detection and Risk Factors to Avoid

November is National Diabetes Month! Did you know that approximately 0.5% to 1% of cats suffer from diabetes? Diagnoses are on the rise each year.

While cats with diabetes, just like humans, can lead happy and healthy lives, caring for a diabetic cat requires dedication and often results in expensive veterinary bills. Here are some ways that you can reduce key risk factors and watch for early signs:

Key Risk Factors

Diabetes can occur in any type of cat, but overweight middle-aged males are the most heavily affected subset. Ensure that your cat stays active and maintains a healthy weight as they age in order to reduce their chances of developing diabetes. Check out our tips and tricks for keeping your kitty trim and healthy, and check in regularly with your veterinarian to make sure your cat is eating a proper diet.

Early Detection

The most common early signs that you can watch for at home include weight loss and increased thirst and urination. If you notice these signs, schedule a veterinary visit as soon as possible to get your cat checked. Testing will help to rule out other complications and issues so that you can quickly get your kitty’s health back on track. Early detection and treatment can result in diabetic remission, so don’t delay!

If your cat doesn’t enter remission, lifelong treatment most commonly involves daily insulin injections and will likely include adjustments in diet and exercise.

Worried About Travel With a Diabetic Cat?

Owning a diabetic cat can pose challenges when it comes to travel or long periods of time away from home. It can be difficult to find someone reliable to administer insulin and keep your cat healthy while you’re away. Thankfully, many Meowtel sitters have experience with insulin and other medications. Search your area now to browse local sitters, and take a look at the medication experience listed on each sitter’s profile. Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions during your meet and greet to ensure proper fit for your diabetic kitty!

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