New Resources for Understanding Feline Diabetes and Treatment Options
Feline diabetes mellitus has become an increasingly common condition in cats. It often occurs in cats that are overweight and/or older. Like humans, cats have a pancreas that produces insulin to regulate the sugar (glucose) metabolism in their bodies. Diabetes occurs when glucose in the blood and urine becomes elevated and uncontrolled.
If your veterinarian diagnoses your cat with diabetes, you will need to work together to create a management plan for this disease. You are an essential part of the successful treatment of your cat. When diabetes goes untreated, you may notice significant signs and symptoms (listed on the infographic below) which can progress to nerve damage, muscle weakness, organ dysfunction, and have life-threatening consequences. Cat caregivers can help their cats stay healthy by better understanding the disease. The latest information and new downloadable brochure can be found on catfriendly.com/diabetes.
What’s more, to help diabetic cats receive the best care, the AAFP has developed a user-friendly, online Diabetes Educational Toolkit. Veterinary professionals can quickly access diagnostic, treatment, and client education information. The Toolkit and additional resources can be found at catvets.com/diabetes.
To stay in the know about feline health, the cat community can always find a wealth of cat content on the AAFP’s social media platforms: Facebook/Twitter – @CatVets, Instagram – @CatFriendlyHomes, and LinkedIn – /Company/CatVets.
American Association of Feline Practitioners with the assistance of
Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM, DABVP, Independent Panel Chair