Feline Diabetes

Cats are one of the most popular pets in North America. They are loving pets, capable of providing you years of companionship. Like other pets, cats can sometimes get sick. There are several different types of ailments that cats can get, one of which is feline diabetes. Feline diabetes is a serious disease, although it can be treated by a veterinarian.

Diabetes is more common with humans than with cats or other animals. The cause of diabetes is actually quite simple. Sugar, or glucose, is found in the blood. The level of blood sugar in the body or the animal is kept under control by hormone insulin, which the pancreas produces. When the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, diabetes is to blame.

Symptoms

 

The symptoms of feline diabetes will vary. The most common symptoms include an increase in urine and an increase in thirst. Other symptoms of feline diabetes include a loss of appetite, weight loss, and a poor coat. An increase in thirst is easy to detect, as you can easily notice the water dish empty throughout the day.

If you don’t get your cat treated for feline diabetes immediately, the cat will eventually become inactive, vomit on a regular basis, and eventually fall into a coma. On the other hand, if you get the diabetes treated in time, the cat will more than likely lead a normal and healthy life. Keep in mind that treatment doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time and dedication.

Treatment

Cats that have feline diabetes will need to be given food at the same time every day. They should be prevented from going outside as well. If your cat has diabetes, you’ll need to give him insulin shots once or twice or a day. Once your veterinarian checks your cat, he will tell you how many shots and how much insulin you need to give your cat.

Before you give your cat his insulin shot, you should always make sure that he has some food first. If he hasn’t eaten and you give him a shot anyway, he could end up with a hypoglycemic shock. This can also occur from too much insulin as well. A hypo can be really dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs. If your cat gets a hypoglycemic shock and you aren’t around, he may end up dying.

If you have to give insulin shots to your cat due to feline diabetes, you should always keep a watchful eye on him after you have administered the shot. After your cat has been on insulin for a period of time, your vet may reduce the amount of insulin. Even though he may have to stay on insulin the rest of his life, he will lead an otherwise healthy life.

Hair Loss in Cats

Did you know that you could be causing you cat’s hair loss? “Wait!” You cry. “I wouldn’t hurt a hair on my beloved feline’s head!” Many of you reading this article would say the same thing. But, the fact is the loss of your favorite pet’s hair may be your fault. This article will discuss some of the reasons why and the ways you can help your kitty.

For the purpose of this article we are going to name the pet we are will be talking about, Roscoe. Now Roscoe is your typical independent, lazy male cat and feels he is the “King” of your home. Which means he pretty well does what he wants to in your home, right? However, chances are that may not be the healthiest thing for Roscoe.

Over the years you have discovered that Roscoe can be a pretty finicky eater. So to try and please his “Majesty” you tried one cat food after another. You tried the most expensive canned filet of salmon, to your favorite dish off the table, to no avail. Finally you put him on a “you get hungry enough you’ll eat” diet. When you did that Roscoe mustered up his dignity and stalked out of the dining room and you heard him muttering under his breath, “Put what’s his name on the guillotine. Off with his head!”

Frankly, switching Roscoe back and forth does more than make him miss a meal or two. Cats are creatures of habit, and each time you changed Roscoe’s food you broke a habit.

When the “comfort zone” of Roscoe’s eating habits become disturbed, he gets stressed. You have seen this in the way he paces back and forth, loud meowing, constantly grooming himself and craving constant attention. Roscoe also starts showing bald spots on his body. His cat’s hair loss seems to get worse and worse every day.

Just like you, when Roscoe gets stressed out and stays stressed out, his hair continues to fall out. Since Roscoe is normally a healthy cat it’s time to take him to his vet. Roscoe’s vet runs a few tests and determines there is no physical illness, but he is stressed out. When you tell the vet about switching Roscoe’s diet back and forth, the vet explains that that is a major contributor to the stress

Then the veterinarian tells you to get Roscoe off the “you get hungry enough you’ll eat” diet, pointing out a couple of healthy cat foods which should solve the problem. Of course, Roscoe will be the decision maker on which food he likes the best. That being said Roscoe tells you it’s time to go back home for his nap.

When you get Roscoe home he starts rubbing on your leg, but you ignore him and go about your business. Not good! Roscoe needs grooming every day, to stimulate his fur and increase the blood flow to his skin. Without it his cat’s hair loss may continue. Now you have picked Roscoe up and given him a good brushing, he gets relaxed and curls up for his nap. Not good!

The vet also told you that Roscoe’s his lack of exercise is contributing to his hair loss. Since Roscoe owns you and you’re his slave. Now it’s your duty to make sure he exercises several times a day. To overcome Roscoe’s natural talent for laziness a dangling string with a treat tied on the end of it will often times do the trick. You know Roscoe loves chasing his favorite ball around the room, so now it’s time for you to get down on the floor and play with him. One of the things you will notice is you will get caught up in the play. Then you will start smiling and laughing at his antics.

You start feeling better, Roscoe senses it and he becomes less stressed. Soon you and Roscoe get back into the habit of excising every day and the next thing you and Roscoe notice is no more bald spots.

As you can tell this little tale has its moral. Your cat’s hair loss may or may not have been caused by lack of exercise, bad diet or stress. But, as beloved owner that you are, you are the one that can put your own pet back on the road to recovery.