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How Cats With Feline Diabetes Can Lead A Happy Life

             

"Your cat has feline diabetes." If this is your vet's message after examining your beloved friend, it will come as a shock. Yes, your cat has a serious disease. But you can treat it!

I got the message myself early 2003. My (then) 10-year-old neutered cat Duvelke had been urinating and drinking more than usual for a few weeks. First it was thought to be connected with a previous medication. But after urine and blood tests the veterinarian was certain. "Your cat has feline diabetes."

Now what is diabetes?

Blood contains sugar (glucose). The blood sugar level is controlled by the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. If this organ produces not enough insulin, we speak of diabetes.

Symptoms of feline diabetes differ. Duvelke started to pass more urine than usual, and had an increased thirst as a result of this. Other possible symptoms are weight loss, decreased appetite, lethargy and a poor coat condition.

Cats with untreated diabetes will become inactive, vomit regularly, stop urinating and fall into a coma. But if you treat feline diabetes correctly, your cat might still be able to lead a long and happy life. It does take effort and dedication, though.

Your cat will need to get food at set times, and preferably should stay indoors.

And - this is essential - you will have to give your cat insulin shots. Once a day, often two times daily. Your vet will determine the quantity and tell you how to do it. It is not scary!

But keep an eye on your friend. Your cat should have had food before getting the insulin shot! If not, a hypoglycemic shock (a 'hypo') may occur. This is also possible if your cat gets too much insulin. And this is really dangerous. If you are not there to help, your cat might die from a hypo.

Duvelke has had a few hypos since 2003. He survived. How? By putting glucose in his mouth, on the inside of his cheeks. Honey on his tongue also worked well.

Duvelke's quantity of insulin has been reduced considerably the past year. And he's doing really fine. If you didn't know about his disease, you would assume he is a perfectly healthy cat.

So, with a proper treatment, diabetic cats can still lead a happy life!

© 2004, Marc de Jong. Journalist, web site builder and cat lover Marc de Jong lives in Belgium. He is the owner and editor of http://www.cat-pregnancy-report.com on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.


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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Maori and Tasman - 47abc  WMDT

Pets of the Week - Chico Enterprise-Record
Pets of the Week  Chico Enterprise-Record

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Barkaritaville opens in SA with luxury suites, spa, cabanas for pets  KSAT San Antonio

There are enough pets for almost everyone in the US - New York Post
There are enough pets for almost everyone in the US  New York Post

Fur-friendly 'wearable for pets' and their humans - Science Daily
Fur-friendly 'wearable for pets' and their humans  Science Daily

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Pretty princess and tubby tabby need homes | Pets of the Week  Woodland Daily Democrat

Pets of the Week: February 27, 2020 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: February 27, 2020  WSIL TV

You can save on all the pet supplies you need at Petco right now - USA TODAY
You can save on all the pet supplies you need at Petco right now  USA TODAY

Meet Liza and Minnelli, this week's adoptable pets - Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Meet Liza and Minnelli, this week's adoptable pets  Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Leap Venture Studio takes a leap on pet startups - L.A. Biz
Leap Venture Studio takes a leap on pet startups  L.A. Biz

Maleah Stringer column: Pets are not toys for children - The Herald Bulletin
Maleah Stringer column: Pets are not toys for children  The Herald Bulletin

Pets 'go hungry' after smart feeder goes offline - BBC News
Pets 'go hungry' after smart feeder goes offline  BBC News

Man donates pet oxygen masks to two Taney County fire departments - KY3
Man donates pet oxygen masks to two Taney County fire departments  KY3

NH debates whether to ban retail pet shops - The Union Leader
NH debates whether to ban retail pet shops  The Union Leader

America’s Best and Worst States for Pets - 24/7 Wall St.
America’s Best and Worst States for Pets  24/7 Wall St.

San Miguel Fire Department purchases microchip scanner after influx of lost pets dropped off at fire station - KSBY San Luis Obispo News
San Miguel Fire Department purchases microchip scanner after influx of lost pets dropped off at fire station  KSBY San Luis Obispo News

Free pet adoptions during 'Leap into Love' event this weekend - WJXT News4JAX
Free pet adoptions during 'Leap into Love' event this weekend  WJXT News4JAX

Adopt-A-Pet: Meet PeeWee! - WZZM13.com
Adopt-A-Pet: Meet PeeWee!  WZZM13.com

Freshpet to create 427 jobs in Ennis with new pet food manufacturing plant - The Dallas Morning News
Freshpet to create 427 jobs in Ennis with new pet food manufacturing plant  The Dallas Morning News

Could this pet fitness tracker help extend your dog's life? - Mic
Could this pet fitness tracker help extend your dog's life?  Mic

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sandy Cheeks - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sandy Cheeks - 47abc  WMDT

Facial recognition app to find lost pets now available in Bakersfield - Bakersfield Now
Facial recognition app to find lost pets now available in Bakersfield  Bakersfield Now

Pet questions: Can pets get or carry coronavirus? - WBAL TV Baltimore
Pet questions: Can pets get or carry coronavirus?  WBAL TV Baltimore

Best Pet Camera (2020): Petcube, Furbo, and More - WIRED
Best Pet Camera (2020): Petcube, Furbo, and More  WIRED

Man who may have been trying to save pets dies in Watauga house fire - FOX 4 News
Man who may have been trying to save pets dies in Watauga house fire  FOX 4 News

Importance of spaying and neutering pets - KRGV
Importance of spaying and neutering pets  KRGV

Pets safety at risk in frigid temperatures - ABC 57 News
Pets safety at risk in frigid temperatures  ABC 57 News

Meet Dr. Kwane Stewart, 'The Street Vet' who treats homeless people's pets across CA for free - KABC-TV
Meet Dr. Kwane Stewart, 'The Street Vet' who treats homeless people's pets across CA for free  KABC-TV

Red Bank man does what he loves and helps shelter pets at the same time - swlexledger.com
Red Bank man does what he loves and helps shelter pets at the same time  swlexledger.com

Central NC Is The Place To Be When Moving With Your Pet - Sioux City Journal
Central NC Is The Place To Be When Moving With Your Pet  Sioux City Journal

Florida bill would ban 9 reptile species, including iguanas, as pets - FOX 13 Tampa Bay
Florida bill would ban 9 reptile species, including iguanas, as pets  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Pet remembrance event nears in Vallejo - Fairfield Daily Republic
Pet remembrance event nears in Vallejo  Fairfield Daily Republic

Take care of pets and plants: Widespread freeze expected Wednesday night - KBTX
Take care of pets and plants: Widespread freeze expected Wednesday night  KBTX

Coronavirus and pets: CDC has the answers - WRAL.com
Coronavirus and pets: CDC has the answers  WRAL.com

1 Person, Several Pets Rescued After Fire At Mansion Flats Victorian - CBS Sacramento
1 Person, Several Pets Rescued After Fire At Mansion Flats Victorian  CBS Sacramento

Medicine shortages for pets, postponed conferences and empty shelves—firms sound the alarm over coronavirus - MarketWatch
Medicine shortages for pets, postponed conferences and empty shelves—firms sound the alarm over coronavirus  MarketWatch

Benefits of having a pet - CNN
Benefits of having a pet  CNN

(SPONSORED) When is it time to get a new pet? - Decaturish.com
(SPONSORED) When is it time to get a new pet?  Decaturish.com

Adoptable Pets - Ponca City News
Adoptable Pets  Ponca City News

NAWS Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Rusty And Bumpy - Mokena, IL Patch
NAWS Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Rusty And Bumpy  Mokena, IL Patch

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Feb. 26, 2020 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Feb. 26, 2020  OregonLive

San Diego veterinarian walks around cities treating homeless people’s pets - FOX 5 San Diego
San Diego veterinarian walks around cities treating homeless people’s pets  FOX 5 San Diego

Mom charged with boiling pets found competent to stand trial - KOB
Mom charged with boiling pets found competent to stand trial  KOB

Having a Pet Might Boost Your Health - WebMD
Having a Pet Might Boost Your Health  WebMD

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Jocynda - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Jocynda  KCBD

Paws-itive reinforcement: Acton-based pet therapy program a boon at Emerson Hospital (with video) - Wicked Local Concord
Paws-itive reinforcement: Acton-based pet therapy program a boon at Emerson Hospital (with video)  Wicked Local Concord

Pet partners comfort the sick | News - Hometown News
Pet partners comfort the sick | News  Hometown News

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Pet Releaf Debuts Equine Releaf™, One of the First CBD Product Lines Designed Specifically for Horses  Yahoo Finance

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/26/20) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/26/20)  ABC15 Arizona

Pet Of The Week: Zander - goldsborodailynews.com
Pet Of The Week: Zander  goldsborodailynews.com

Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Shelton, Kiara, Lucky, Rosa, Kovu - Rockville, MD Patch
Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Shelton, Kiara, Lucky, Rosa, Kovu  Rockville, MD Patch

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Kiddos Magazine Hosts Bunny's Pet Expo & Summer Camp Fair at The Falls  Miami's Community Newspapers

Sergei Ovechkin met Captain and gave him nice pets - Russian Machine Never Breaks
Sergei Ovechkin met Captain and gave him nice pets  Russian Machine Never Breaks

'The Street Vet' offers free medical care to pets of the homeless - Today.com
'The Street Vet' offers free medical care to pets of the homeless  Today.com

Family warns fellow pet owners after dog attacked by coyotes in Little Italy - WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
Family warns fellow pet owners after dog attacked by coyotes in Little Italy  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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Americans' Pet Spending Reaches Record-Breaking High: $95.7 Billion  PRNewswire

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Cat lovers in Pompano Beach face fight with city over 60 pets  WPLG Local 10

Bill to let people rescue pets from cars goes to the dogs - Press Herald
Bill to let people rescue pets from cars goes to the dogs  Press Herald

T-Mobile launches SyncUp Pets tracker - TmoNews
T-Mobile launches SyncUp Pets tracker  TmoNews

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2020 PIJAC Awards Recognize Outstanding Pet Care Community Leaders  Pet Age

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Good grief? The psychological ups and downs of pet ownership  Rocky Mountain Collegian

Which country spends the most on its pets? - The Economist
Which country spends the most on its pets?  The Economist

Humane Society bad pet drawing fundraiser goes viral - WFLA
Humane Society bad pet drawing fundraiser goes viral  WFLA

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Cancer survivor, pilot-in-training takes to sky to help pets across Kansas  KWCH

Humane Society will give you a bad custom drawing of your pet for a $15 donation - Mashable
Humane Society will give you a bad custom drawing of your pet for a $15 donation  Mashable

Pets of the Week: Chorkie and Kooper - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Pets of the Week: Chorkie and Kooper  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Koreatown Company Clones Dogs, Cats, Horses For Pet Owners Who Don’t Want To Let Go  CBS Los Angeles

Virginia Man Charged With Animal Abuse Opening Pet Store With Familiar Name - NBC4 Washington
Virginia Man Charged With Animal Abuse Opening Pet Store With Familiar Name  NBC4 Washington

New pet mask helps save dog during early morning fire - KFOR Oklahoma City
New pet mask helps save dog during early morning fire  KFOR Oklahoma City

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Pet of the Week – Garfield  News8000.com - WKBT

Jacksonville Beach pet franchise wins award - Ponte Vedra Recorder
Jacksonville Beach pet franchise wins award  Ponte Vedra Recorder

Local non-profit providing free vaccines for pets of the homeless - WBAY
Local non-profit providing free vaccines for pets of the homeless  WBAY

Escondido couple clones beloved pet dog credited with saving wife - KTLA
Escondido couple clones beloved pet dog credited with saving wife  KTLA

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Trademark, Animal Cruelty Concerns Stoked By Chantilly Pet Store  Fairfax City, VA Patch

Pet of the Week: Dottie - FOX 61
Pet of the Week: Dottie  FOX 61

How This Founder Is Disrupting The Pet Food Industry With Yogurt Dogs Can Eat With Their Human - Forbes
How This Founder Is Disrupting The Pet Food Industry With Yogurt Dogs Can Eat With Their Human  Forbes

Pet Adoption: Shirley, Lovely & Goofy - MyRye.com
Pet Adoption: Shirley, Lovely & Goofy  MyRye.com

Pet of the Week | A pair of guinea pigs - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Pet of the Week | A pair of guinea pigs  Santa Cruz Sentinel

Champion debuts 5 new pet diets, 4 reformulations at Global Pet Expo - Pet Food Processing
Champion debuts 5 new pet diets, 4 reformulations at Global Pet Expo  Pet Food Processing

Coronavirus travel ban prevents 130 vendors from attending Orange County pet expo - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Coronavirus travel ban prevents 130 vendors from attending Orange County pet expo  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

New pet mask helps save dog after being rescued from house fire - CBS17.com
New pet mask helps save dog after being rescued from house fire  CBS17.com

House fire displaces family, claims lives of family pets - Clarksville Now
House fire displaces family, claims lives of family pets  Clarksville Now

Pampered pets: From acupuncture to specialty diets, how Americans shell out billions a year on their 4-legged - WFTV Orlando
Pampered pets: From acupuncture to specialty diets, how Americans shell out billions a year on their 4-legged  WFTV Orlando

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PAlive! Village Pet Supplies (Pet Allergies) February 26, 2020  PAHomePage.com

Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets - Science Daily
Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets  Science Daily

Anaheim Hills pet clinic uses stem cells to help heal dog with arthritis - KABC-TV
Anaheim Hills pet clinic uses stem cells to help heal dog with arthritis  KABC-TV

Premier Pet Supply offers special promotion - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Premier Pet Supply offers special promotion  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Volunteer spotlight: The hard-working individuals of Pet Refuge - WNDU-TV
Volunteer spotlight: The hard-working individuals of Pet Refuge  WNDU-TV

CON MI GENTE: Pet Fun Match in Harlingen - KRGV
CON MI GENTE: Pet Fun Match in Harlingen  KRGV

Olympia considers banning dog and cat sales at pet stores citing concerns of animal cruelty - Q13 News Seattle
Olympia considers banning dog and cat sales at pet stores citing concerns of animal cruelty  Q13 News Seattle

'Who's a Good Beer?' Ohio brewery launching new cans with adoptable pets - WKRC TV Cincinnati
'Who's a Good Beer?' Ohio brewery launching new cans with adoptable pets  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Arlington Pet of the Week: Louie - ARLnow
Arlington Pet of the Week: Louie  ARLnow

Pet on the Set: Sugar x2 - wcia.com
Pet on the Set: Sugar x2  wcia.com

Colorado lawmakers consider landmark animal rights bill banning shelters from euthanizing pets over lack of space - FOX 31 Denver
Colorado lawmakers consider landmark animal rights bill banning shelters from euthanizing pets over lack of space  FOX 31 Denver

Kinsey is KLBK’s Pet of the Day! - KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com
Kinsey is KLBK’s Pet of the Day!  KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

Battle Creek Police: Too many are ignoring or unaware pet license law - WWMT-TV
Battle Creek Police: Too many are ignoring or unaware pet license law  WWMT-TV

Meet the Pet of the Week: Barnie - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Meet the Pet of the Week: Barnie  Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Pet Project: Gordo from League of Extraordinary Mutts - FOX 11 Los Angeles
Pet Project: Gordo from League of Extraordinary Mutts  FOX 11 Los Angeles

Pet owners tell 5 On Your Side they didn't know about potential complications from flea, tick medications - WRAL.com
Pet owners tell 5 On Your Side they didn't know about potential complications from flea, tick medications  WRAL.com

Film room: 3 'pet cats' in the 2020 NFL draft who fill needs for the Cowboys, including one mountain of a man - The Dallas Morning News
Film room: 3 'pet cats' in the 2020 NFL draft who fill needs for the Cowboys, including one mountain of a man  The Dallas Morning News

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