November is American Diabetes Month, and while most of the world is promoting, educating and bringing awareness about human diabetes, I've chosen to spotlight feline diabetes and share a story about it in my first episode of Purr View.
The first episode of Purr View is called Diabetic Cat Care. I wanted to share what diabetes in felines is, how it's treated, and you'll meet a Bear, a local cat that lives a purrfectly pampered life as a diabetic cat.
My cat Mr. Earl lived with diabetes for about five years and he lived a good life. In the end of his life he didn't die from diabetes or complications of diabetes, he died of cancer. The years that I spent regulating him with insulin paid off and I was able to enjoy many years with him.
Diabetes is not a death sentence, it's not difficult to treat and some cats even go into remission. The first episode of Purr View is dedicated to my cat Mr. Earl, and to the many other cats that I've taken care of that have or had diabetes.
Diabetes affects about 800, 000 cats in the us. Veterinary treatment and changes in diet can help save the lives of cats living with the disease. The episode also interviews Dr. Cassandra Kelly from the Cat Clinic in Plymouth Massachusetts. She talks about how to handle home care and gives hope on treating cats and getting them into remission. In addition, I consulted Dr. Plotnick from Manhattan Cat Hospital. Check out they're facebook page, they have the coolest cat pictures on the net.
What Causes Feline Diabetes
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Becoming Obese
- Eating Higher Carbohydrate Dry Food
- Certain Breeds
What are the Symptoms of Feline Diabetes
- Drinking Lots of Water
- Increase Urination
- Increase in Hunger
- Weigh Loss
- Weight Gain
What is Diabetes
- Too Much Sugar in the Blood Stream
- Pancreas Doesn't Produce Insulin to break down food
- Pancreas Doesn't produce Enough Insulin
Treating Diabetic Cats
- Special Diet-Feed Canned Food (Less Carbs -More Protein)
- Giving Insulin -Giving Insulin Gives Pancreas a rest
- Home Care -checking BG, Ketones, etc at Home.
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