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Cat advice: dealing with diabetes in older pets

Taking care of your older cat means knowing the signs of diabetes

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It's all about insulin

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your pet’s body doesn’t produce enough insulin. There are a few warning signs to watch out for, as a pet with diabetes will need special attention to its diet and possibly injections of insulin. If you are worried your pet might have diabetes, you should contact Vets4Pets.

More about diabetes

Your pet’s pancreas will normally produce a hormone called insulin. This helps the body turn sugar into fuel for energy. However, if the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, the sugar can build up in your cat’s blood and lead to the symptoms of diabetes. Untreated diabetes can be fatal.

The symptoms

There are a few signs to look out for in your pet. If you notice them, it’s time to get in touch with Vets4Pets for more advice. The symptoms include increased thirst, urinating more frequently, appetite changes or weight loss, a deterioration in the condition of its coat and a lack of energy.


Your vet will recommend the appropriate course of treatment for your animal, but it could include options such as daily insulin injections, oral medicines and special attention paid to its diet. Injections can be given at home and your vet will give you all the information you need in order to be able to give them with confidence.