It is estimated that approximately 1 in 500 cats develops diabetes. So you're not alone if you have a diabetic cat.
Food is broken down into components that can be used by the body. Conversion of carbohydrates (starches) produces sugars, including glucose. Once absorbed from the intestines, glucose goes into the blood and provides energy to the cells of the body.
A lack of available insulin can result in diabetes mellitus or “sugar diabetes”.
Causes of diabetes in cats:
Results of diabetes in cats:
Cats of all ages, sexes and breeds are susceptible to cat diabetes mellitus.
Older cats are more prone to develop cat diabetes. Most commonly affected are castrated male cats.
In the UK and Australia, burmese cats have been reported to have a higher incidence of diabetes mellitus.