What Can You Do If Your Cat Has Diabetes?
If you’ve recently visited a vet and your cat was diagnosed with diabetes, it’s a good idea to learn how to properly treat them. While hearing that your precious pet has an illness that will likely stay with him throughout the course of his life, it’s important to put fear aside and get the facts. With proper care and treatment, the potential increases for your cat to live a long and happy life.
What is it?
Your veterinarian may tell you that your cat has “Hematuria”, which can sound extremely frightening. To explain, Hematuria is when grossly noticeable blood, or red blood cells, are present in your cat’s urine. This is not a disease by itself, but is a sign of an underlying disorder manifesting, resulting in presence of blood in urine. If you notice a pinkish to reddish discoloration in your cat’s urine, your pet is experiencing Hematuria, and you should call your veterinarian right away. Blood in the urine is predominantly due to bleeding in the organs of the urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Do you have a cat that may be a bit overweight? Are you unsure if your cat is simply fluffy, or has put on some extra pounds? Implications of obesity in cats can have serious side effects. If undetected, conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and much more can become evident. The most basic assessment you can do at home to check if your cat is overweight is by simply squeezing the sides of your cat’s rib cage gently. If it is difficult to feel your cat’s ribs, then your furry little friend needs a proper diet. But, don’t worry – we are here to help you learn how you can take care of your overweight cat to make sure they stay healthy and happy for years to come.
Kidney failure in cats, also known as renal failure or chronic kidney disease (CKD), is a relatively common condition that predominately affects older cats and in most cases the cause is not known. However, there are some recognised causes that, if identified early on can be treated and in some cases slow down or even halt the progression of the disease. Some of these conditions include: tumours of the kidney, bacterial infections of the urinary tract, a hereditary disease called polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and even poor diet.
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As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to take care of your pet and check its health regularly. Your pet is a part of your family, so you need to treat it as such and provide it with the best care possible. If your pet shows any signs of illness, you need to fix that problem immediately. Cats are very good at hiding signs of illness, so you can’t always notice that something is wrong but, fortunately, there are ways in which you can check your pet’s health at home, without constant trips to the vet. We’ll provide you with several tips for checking your cat’s health here. Read on to learn more about signs and signals you should pay attention to in order to keep your furry little friend healthy.
Cats with diabetes can live a relatively normal life, depending on the severity of the disease when first diagnosed. Some cats are diagnosed in the early stages of diabetes and don’t require medication, as long as their diet is altered accordingly and their health is monitored and maintained. However, not all cats are that lucky and in addition to a change in their diets, they will also need oral diabetic medications or insulin injections, usually twice a day. It will take some time for both you and your cat to settle into the new routine of medicine bottles and possibly insulin injections, not to mention choosing a new diabetic cat food.
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