Diabetes in cats is a problem that vets in Surrey see frequently in their surgeries. Approximately 200 cats in the U.K. are suffering from feline diabetes mellitus. Just as in the human form of the disease, the body of a diabetic animal does not produce enough insulin, resulting in raised levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Recent studies undertaken in Australia have shown that feline diabetes is often an inherited condition, with the Burmese being a particularly susceptible breed.
Diabetes is a treatable condition, especially when caught and treated early. As a matter of fact, around half of all cats with this condition make a full recovery. One of the major causes of feline diabetes in obesity, so it is important to keep your pet’s weight always in check. The disease usually becomes apparent at around 7 – 10 years of age.