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Getting your cat to a medical examination and finding out that it has diabetes can be quite shocking. Diabetes is a serious disease but it is manageable if you learn how to handle it.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
When my 10 year old cat was drinking too much water and urinating all the time I took it to the doctor. The vet told me that it has feline diabetes. I was shocked.
What is diabetes?
The blood has sugar (glucose) and the level of sugar in the blood is strictly controlled by a hormone called insulin. The pancreas is making this insulin and if it can not produce enough, the disease that results is called diabetes. The symptoms of feline diabetes can differ from one cat to another. My cat was urinating much more than usual and was drinking a lot of water.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
But other symptoms like weight loss, decreased appetite, lethargy and a bad looking fur coat can also appear. The cats that have diabetes and are not treated will be lethargic, will stop urinating and they will vomit a lot. If this disease is not controlled, the cat can die. But if you manage to treat your feline, then it will have a long and lovely life.
Most of the times, the cats that have diabetes must stay indoors and eat at regular intervals.
Also, it is very important that you have with you and in the house cat insulin shots. The doctor will tell you if you have to give those shots once or twice a day. The vet will prescribe you the correct quantity.
In addition, before making the insulin shot you have to feed that cat or else it will suffer a hypoglycemic shock. Also, do not give the feline too much insulin. If the cat has a hypoglycemic shock then you have to put glucose in its mouth, on the tongue, or inside the cheeks. In time, the vet can also diminish the insulin quantity for your cat.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|