Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes in Cats


Diabetes is a serious but treatable disease that can affect cats. Work with a veterinarian to properly diagnose and treat feline diabetes.


  • There are two types of diabetes in cats. Type 1 diabetes is the most common form and is related to the body's inability to produce insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not process insulin correctly.

Risk Factors

  • Older and overweight cats are most at risk for feline diabetes, although the disease can affect any cat at any time.


  • Cats with diabetes might show signs of drinking more than usual, refusing to use the litter box, sudden weight loss, inability to keep down food and a decrease in activity levels.


  • A veterinarian will begin with a physical examination. Blood and urine samples also will be taken to measure glucose levels and liver enzymes.


  • Upon diagnosis, a veterinarian will recommend treatment. A controlled diet is often the first step, but medication is usually indicated. Insulin treatment in the form of daily shots or oral medication can control the cat's diabetes.

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