What other conditions have the same signs as diabetes?
Cats with diabetes mellitus drink more water and urinate more than normal. They usually have good or increased appetites, but usually lose weight. Other common conditions with these signs are hyperthyroidism and kidney disease.
To diagnose diabetes, your veterinary surgeon will measure your cat’s blood glucose concentration and test your cat’s urine for glucose and ketones.
What is the expected life span for a diabetic cat?
With consistent, effective treatment, lifestyle adjustments, and adequate monitoring, a diabetic cat should have the same expected life span as a non-diabetic cat of the same age.
Is feline diabetes similar to human diabetes?
Yes, the two conditions are very similar. In fact, your cat will be using medication, equipment, and monitoring systems that are similar to those used by diabetic people. The main difference is that diabetic cats will require insulin, at least when starting treatment. Also, if treatment is started early, there is a chance that diabetic cats can go into clinical remission, meaning that they no longer require insulin injections.