Cats may have nine lives, but if you want to stay with them healthily for a long time, diabetes, one of the top five cat killers, is a target that you need to be highly alert!
Please do not misunderstand that diabetes will only appear on overweight cats. In fact, normal-weight cats are also afflicted with the disease at any time, especially those who have been neutered and are over middle-aged. Other causes of diabetes include genetics, immune disease, pancreatitis etc.
The danger of diabetes is that because of the high blood sugar in the body, cats with diabetes are very susceptible to infection (such as cystitis), and other organs are also negatively affected, leading to fatty liver, kidney failure and cataracts. Toxins will accumulate in the body and cause ketoacidosis, making the cat life-threatening.
– Symptoms of diabetes –
- Appetite increases or falls sharply
- Extreme thirsty and has a lot of urination
- Muscle atrophy (such as difficulty in climbing and jumping) or weight loss
- Cat does not urinate in the litter tray (the muscle weakness causes difficulty in accessing the litter tray)
- Drowsiness and weakness
- Abnormal walking posture (using the hind ankle joint to replace the hind foot toe)
- Abnormal breathing
- Corneal ulcer or cataract