Signs of feline diabetes

In animals symptoms are referred to as "clinical signs" or "signs". The signs or symptoms of diabetes are a result of high blood glucose concentrations.

Excessive blood glucose concentrations can exceed the "glucose threshold" of the kidneys. When this happens glucose is excreted in the urine. This results in extra fluid loss from the body causing your cat with diabetes to drink (and urinate) more.

Glucose, an important fuel (energy source), is being lost. So, cats with diabetes may eat more than normal but lose weight.

For more information on glucose metabolism see Feline diabetes .

Typical signs or symptoms of feline diabetes

  1. urinating too much (polyuria) - a cat with diabetes mellitus may begin urinating inappropriately e.g in the house
  2. drinking a lot (polydipsia)
  3. increased appetite (polyphagia) but losing weight
  4. general signs - lethargy and poor coat condition may also be present.