Feline diabetes needs insulin to treat

Thu, 12 Jan 2006
Diabetes mellitus is an enormous and ever-growing problem throughout the entire world. As sedentary western lifestyles permeate the whole globe, diabetes is set to increase fast. However, diabetes does not just affect humans. Animals, particularly elderly and overweight ones, may also suffer from diabetes.

Feline diabetes has uncertain origins, although the risk factors are similar to those found in humans in danger of developing diabetes: increased abdominal fat and an unhealthy lifestyle two major ones. According to one expert, male cats who have been neutered, are over ten years of age, and are overweight are the classic example of a feline diabetes case waiting to happen.

Treatment for feline diabetes, following an accurate diagnosis by a vet, is commonly based around a prescribed diet. A particular form of insulin designed for cats may also be required, and the owner will have to be taught the injection routine and regimen. The most common formulation is called Hills Prescription Diet Feline m/dR. Cats need a consistent schedule, and the administered insulin may also help them to lose weight and build muscle. Anyone with an overweight cat is advised to consult their vet.
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