Diabetes in Cats: What You Need to Know as a Cat Owner
What are the signs that my cat has diabetes?
Diabetes occurs most often in middle aged to older cats (peak age of diagnosis is 9-11 years of age). It is most common in overweight cats, in some ways mimicking type II diabetes in humans. The most common signs of diabetes in the cat are increased water consumption, increased urination, and weight loss in the face of normal or increased appetite. In some cases, the disease can progress slowly, while in others it can come on quickly. In severe cases, a cat can develop a complication called ketoacidosis in which they will become very ill, stop eating, have vomiting, severe dehydration and death.