5 Reasons to Test Your Cat for Diabetes
1) It’s largely preventable and unnecessary
2) It’s a real challenge to treat for many owners
[Editors note: Learn more about the differences in diabetes testing.]
One of the most interesting aspects of feline Type II diabetes is its potential reversibility or remission, especially when diagnosed in the earliest stages. Over the past twenty-three years, I’ve seen scores of kitties weaned off insulin when diagnosis and treatment was initiated quickly. Research has shown up to 60% of cats will experience diabetic remission within the first few months of treatment, reports Alice Huang (VMD, DACVIM) from Perdue University. Combining strict blood sugar regulation with precise insulin therapy, changes in diet and weight loss are a recipe for reversing diabetes in many cats. Some cats will remain diabetes-free for many months to years. My advice is to have your cat tested at least yearly for signs of diabetes, twice yearly if you have a flabby feline.