November is also National Pet Diabetes month. Diabetes is a chronic disease of cats and dogs usually 8 years and older. Cats and dogs that develop Diabetes mellitus are also over weight. The best way to prevent diabetes in a cat or dog is not to over feed them.
Symptoms include excessive thirst, excessive urine volume, excessive hunger, weight loss, wobbly on rear legs or front and rear legs.
Diabetes is not a death sentence for a cat or dog. Injectable insulin , weight reduction, and higher protein canned food or dry food is the typical treatment protocol.
Cats are more likely than dogs to go non-insulin dependent for 1-8 months periodically or sometimes permanently with weight reduction.
There has been one flawed study of 6 cats that proclaimed Lantus insulin would cure diabetes. The veterinarians at St. Louis Cat Clinic have tried it and no cats became non-insulin dependent with Lantus. We have has several cats after weight reduction go into remission with the use of several different insulin products.