Did you know that animals can have diabetes too?
Tom got in touch with us to tell us about his cat, Freddy, who was diagnosed in 2006.
Freddy is a half-Siamese cat who is 17 years old. This means that in cat years he’s really about 85.
Freddy loves his food and has become lazy as he’s got older. Eating a lot and not being active means Freddy has become very overweight. He has Type 2 diabetes, which is often caused by being overweight – unlike Type 1 diabetes that has nothing to do with how much you weigh.
Tom thought Freddy might have diabetes because he was looking tired and sad, and he was drinking lots and lots of water. He took Freddy to the vet who diagnosed diabetes straight away.
Because Freddy has Type 2 diabetes, the vet said it could be treated with special food and he didn’t need injections. But Freddy refused to eat this food, so he had to have injections instead. Tom and his family give Freddy an injection while he is eating, twice a day. The injections go into the scruff of his neck where there is little feeling – he doesn’t seem to mind them.
Freddy recently had his first hypo – he wasn’t moving or responding to anything. The vet said that if Freddy goes hypo again, Tom and his family must put treacle on Freddy’s lips so he licks it off – and this will bring his blood glucose levels back to what they should be.
Tom says Freddy is definitely much perkier now that his diabetes is being treated.
Caring for pets with diabetes
If you think your pet has diabetes, take them to the vet for a proper diagnosis. Never inject your pet with your own insulin, because they need to have special insulin that is just right for them.