Diabetes mellitus — which is usually shortened to just ‘diabetes’ — is pretty common in cats. So it’s important for you cat parents out there to become familiar with the signs.
The poster cat for diabetes is an overweight, inactive, neutered male that’s somewhere north of 7 years old. But no matter the sex, age or activity level, diabetic cats are usually extra thirsty and they urinate a lot. Although they tend to eat more than normal, they might be losing weight at the same time. Lethargy is also common.
If you see any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian right away. The majority of cats will improve on insulin, and postponing treatment can have serious consequences. For some cats, a weight loss plan is another key aspect of the treatment regimen.