Cats can become diabetics just like people. The sugar level (glucose) in the cat’s blood becomes elevated and must be kept under control with medication, dietary changes alone will not control diabetes in cats. The good news for cat owners is that a diagnoses of cat diabetes is not a death sentence for a cat. With proper care, a diabetic cat can live a relatively long and normal life.
Treatment for a Diabetic Cat
Treating the disease in a cat has to become a part of the daily routine. Some dietary changes will be necessary, oral medication or insulin injections will be required too. When the veterinarian makes the diagnoses of cat diabetes, the best treatment plan for the cat will be determined. Consistency is the key factor in treating a diabetic cat healthy. The more the cat’s medication, diet and activity level is kept consistent day after day, the easier it will be to keep the blood sugar level regulated and the cat living a healthy life.
Insulin Injections for Diabetic Cats
Giving a cat daily insulin injections is more uncomfortable for the cat owner than for the cat. Considering the insulin injections are life-prolonging and virtually pain free helps many cat owners overcome their hesitancy to give their diabetic cat daily injections of insulin.
The insulin injections are made of very thin needles that a cat hardly feels and the insulin does not cause the cat any pain when it is injected. The insulin injection is given to the cat just under the skin in a body area where it is impossible to cause any harm to a vital organ.
Financial Commitment to Diabetic Cat Care
The owner of a newly diagnosed diabetic cat has to decide if they are willing and able to commit to not only the personal daily commitment of caring for a diabetic cat, but also commit to the financial aspect of caring for a diabetic cat. The care cost will remain for the life of the cat, with the bulk of the diabetic cat care cost being encountered during the initial diagnosis and treatment stage. Once the cat’s diabetes is under control, daily maintenance is not overly expensive and veterinary costs can be kept at a minimum if the diabetes treatment plan is closely adhered to at home.
A diabetic cat can live an almost normal life if the owner is willing to commit personally and financially to a daily cat care routine.