When I was a child, cats (and dogs, for that matter) had relatively few types of diseases that a pet owner had to worry about. As the years progressed, it seemed as though our little furry loved ones had a greater and greater array of health problems that they could fall prey to, but that is not necessarily the case -0 they had previously simply been undiagnosed.
As modern diagnostic techniques were applied to cats and other animals over the last two decades, diseases that most people do not consider a threat to animals can also affect cats. feline diabetes is one of these
Like humans, cat diabetes is often most prevalent in overweight cats, though that is not always the case; Burmese cats are also at a higher risk of Diabetes. Also like humans, diet has a lot to do with this specific disease. Cheap processed foods are just as bad for our four footed friends as they can be for us, especially as the cat ages.
Diets for felines should feature protein rich foods – carbohydrates are dangerous to cats for several reasons, and something that they do not eat in the wild – in fact, cats lack the salivary enzyme that enables the body to break down the carbs once they are ingested.
Catching the disease early and developing a treatment plan that includes medicines (if necessary) and diet changes is key to making sure that your cat’s diabetes does not progress or cause more serious ailments, such as Type I diabetes or ketoacidosis.
Some of the symptoms to watch out for as your cat ages are increased appetite and thirst as well as increased urination. These are also indicators for other diseases, so if you see your cat exhibiting such symptoms take it to a vet to find out exactly what is going on. Placing your cat on a low carb diet can help to reduce insulin by 50%, and remember, if left untreated Diabetes 2 can turn into Diabetes 1, which is much more dangerous and harder to treat.
Insulin is widely used, but even though insulin shots can be given at home if necessary they are burdensome to both the cats and the cat’s family.
But there are many ways to treat diabetes and prescription medications is just one of them. One area of study concerns the holistic and herbal methods that many humans are using to combat this disease.
Vitamin E supplements, Fenugreek seed, Chamomile, belladonna and many other herbs can be beneficial to your cats health and can help it fight off the effects of feline diabetes, but be sure to consult your vet before starting any herbal remedies as they may interfere with pharmaceutical medicines your vet has prescribed.
Of course altering your cat’s diet to a healthier low carb food that is designed for cat health is one of the best things you can do.
Doing this early, before your cat develops feline diabetes can be very effective as a preventative so do your research on the cat food you are choosing. Fillers and processed foods should be put back on the shelf – pick brands that have animal proteins as their first ingredients and fewer grains.
At the same time you choose a new food, limit the intake for your cat – do not simply fill a bowl of food. Talk to your vet and see what the proper portion size for your cat is.
We know a lot more about feline diabetes than we used to – it no longer has to be a terrifying disease, but we do have responsibilities as pet owners to give our cats’ good care in a loving home.
There are many natural remedies to help with feline diabetes, including a number of herbs and vitamins. If your cat gets diabetes, don’t give up – educate yourself, ands with proper treatment your cat can live for many more years.