How would i know if i am diabetic? Please Help! from Soxy.
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Polyuria (polyuria is a condition characterized by the passage of large volumes of urine (at least 2.5 L over 24 hours in adults), polydipsia (Polydipsia is a medical symptom in which the patient drinks abnormally large amounts of fluids...for felines its usually water), increased appetite, weight loss, and lethargy are hallmark signs of diabetes in pets. In cats, a disorder called neuropathy that causes weakness in the rear legs is often what led to a diagnosis.
In the earlier stages of the disease, cats remain active and alert with few other signs of disease. However as the disease progresses concurrent conditions often appear, such as poor haircoat, liver disease, and secondary bacterial infections become more common. A dangerous condition called ketoacidosis may develop in some cats.
IF YOU THINK YOU BABY IS HAVING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS I WOULD HAVE SOXY EVALUATED BY THE VET JUST TO MAKE SURE!
LET ME KNOW HOW THINGS TURN OUT!
Melissa (Missy) answered on 8/10/08. Helpful? / 1
Missy is right...
Increased thirst, urine and appetite, lethargy and walking with the feet flat to the ground (called plantigrade). However, some of these signs can point to other metabolic problems. The only way to know for sure is to have your vet perform a full blood panel to check kidney, liver glucose, and cell counts (among other things). It sounds like there is something going on or you wouldn't have posted. Please see your vet to rule out any medical problems.
Hunter answered on 8/10/08. Helpful? / 1
Missy and Hunter are right - increased thirst, increased appetite, and increased urination are signs of diabetes. I would also like to add weight loss is another sign. However, these symptoms can also be signs of other medical problems. If Soxy is having any of these symptoms or you think there is something wrong, please go to the vet as soon as you can.
Mickey (Angel Dreamboat #22) answered on 8/10/08. Helpful? / 0
All of the above seem correct, add peeing in the bed and you have my cat. But it was the extremely large amounts of water and peeing that made me think it was diabetes. Nala didn't lose any weight to speak of but she was anti social and her coat (she is part persian) look awful.
Nala - In Loving Memory 5/94 - answered on 9/16/09. Helpful? / 0