One of the most common diseases in cats is diabetes. The people most at risk are overweight pets, especially humans. According to Diabetic Cat Care, it can take weeks or even months for symptoms to appear and perhaps longer for an owner to notice. During this time their cat’s health deteriorates. Diabetic Cat Care gives the following as symptoms to watch for as signs that your cat may have diabetes.
#1 – Increased Thirst
This can be hard to notice, since most of us have several bowls and even sprinklers; if you have more than one cat, it’s even harder. If you think you’re filling the bowls more frequently, separate the cat you may be thinking of doing so so that you can monitor them, as this can be a sign of several diseases that need to be treated by a veterinarian.
#2 – Increased Urination
Of course, if your kitten drinks more, she’ll also urinate more. Again, you may have to separate your cats to figure out which one is going, unless you notice your cat making more trips to the litter box than usual.
#3 – Increased/Decreased Appetite
Kittens can be finicky eaters or gluttonous by nature, so you’ll need to consider your cat’s normal eating behaviour. The important thing is to notice anything out of the ordinary for your cat.
#4 – Weight Loss
If you have a skinny cat that simply doesn’t gain weight, or is losing it, regardless of how much you feed it, it’s time to take a trip to the vet. It could be something as simple as worms, or it could be something much more serious. Better safe than sorry.
#5 – Poor Coat
Again, there are many things that can cause a bad coat – food, shampoo/conditioner, allergies, lack of grooming, etc. – that can cause a bad coat. But if you notice your cat’s coat is exactly the same as it was (dull, flakey dandruff, etc), and you haven’t changed any of your habits, it’s time to see the vet.
#6 – Behavioral and/or Mood Changes
Just like us, cats can get grumpy when they don’t feel well. If your cat doesn’t act like himself – grumpy, doesn’t want to be touched, sleeps often – there’s probably something wrong. Even if it is not, you should have it reviewed.
#7 – Diarrhea/Vomiting
Neither is ever a good sign. If your cat starts to have chronic diarrhea or vomits, go to the vet.
#8 – Breathing Abnormalities
Diabetic cats may have difficulty breathing and/or breath that smells like fruit or nail polish. If your cat has trouble breathing, go to the vet immediately.
#9 – Lethargy
Lethargy is perhaps the most difficult symptom to notice in a cat. After all, most adult cats sleep up to 20 hours a day. But if your cat is playing normally and is no longer interested, or doesn’t even get up to the sound of dinner served to him, something may not be right.
#10 – Weakness in Hind Legs/Limping
Although many older cats develop arthritis, look for a marked weakness in the hindquarters, especially when walking or jumping. If you notice your cat is in trouble, go to the vet.