Diabetes in elderly cats

Common Questions and Answers about Diabetes in elderly cats


691463 tn?1227422654 we have an elderly cat of 17, he is suddenely much more lethargic than usual, as if in a daze and drooling heavily, we wonder if he may have had a stroke, he experienced something like a seizure couple of weeks ago.
11360622 tn?1417803119 We never want our beloved best friend to ever feel they are no longer important and ignore them. That is how elderly cats spend their last days in a Rescue...and it is a troubling thing to see. Senior cats should see the vet once a year for a complete health checkup--diabetes, kidney disease, Hyperthyroidism will sneak up on you as they age and they will need specific meds to help them along.
131114 tn?1380086790 ) You can also read up on an amino acid called L-theanine, it is sometimes used to treat hbp and racing heart in cats...trouble is I don't know the dosage....I will also send you a link to the best L-theanine for use with cats if you and your Vet decided to try that route...first here are the meds.. keep us posted♥ http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1215 http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?
Avatar f tn You should also watch for weight loss, and make sure that your cat is not drinking excessive amounts of water, which can point to diabetes, kidney disease, and thyroid issues. If you want more detailed info, we have a wonderful vet in the expert vet forums on MedHelp. Copy and paste your post over there. The link is on the right of this screen under Related Expert Forums!! Best wishes to you and your baby!
Avatar m tn I have a continuous problem with thick mucous in my throat. I must clear my throat a hundred times a day. My larnyx gets so full of the thick mucous that I almost choke and it causes my eyes to water. When this happens I hack up about a quarter cup of the stuff. I went to an ENT specialist who diagnosed sinusitis due to restricted airflow because of a deviated septum. After two surgeries for this there is no improvment. I've tried Musinex and steroid nose sprays. Nothing seems to help.
2186126 tn?1384961026 One of our cats was diagnosed with diabetes two weeks ago, she also had blood pressure problems., After a week of trying to get her diabetes count down to normal, the two vets working on her said she couldn't be helped, and we had to put her to sleep. It is so hard to see them sick, and even harder to decide what to do. You wish they would die peacefully in their sleep, but it seldom works that way. Is your vet any help in deciding what to do?
Avatar f tn Reglan (metoclopromadine) is a very cheap medication, unfortunately, it is also metabolized in the kidneys, so a too high dose results in toxic levels in the blood. My husband and I discovered that completely bypassing the GI tract by using reglan injections worked much better in the end. Chica didn't get the extra pyramidal side effects (extreme restlessness, shaking and trembling) from the reglan injections that she got from the oral meds.
Avatar n tn I don't have allergies of any kind and I'm in excellent health and I can learn to live with the smell of fresh baked bread in my nostrils.. I mean it could be owrse.. still I think I should get someone to check this out especially as I read about Phantom smells being a possible side efect of brain tumors...
496949 tn?1209724792 She should have been having regular checkups through her life, especially as she entered her senior years. 19 is old for a cat (mine just died at 18). Older cats frequently suffer from diabetes, CRF (chronic renal failure), heart problems - all the things that elderly humans can suffer. Older cats do have a tendency to sleep much more as well. Please do get her to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Avatar f tn Try different types and consistencies of litter in several boxes all in different areas of the house, cats can be very particular of the type and scent vs non scented litter also the location. If there is nothing medically wrong ( are you sure did the Vet do a urine and test her PH?) than its due to her not being pleased with something.
Avatar f tn He runs, jumps, and plays with my other cats and chases them all over the house. However, in his old age he has lost ALOT of weight. My veterinarian did some lab on him about a year ago and everything was great. He told me older cats tend to do that and whatever he wants to eat, give it to him. I also give him steroids almost 2 out of 4 weeks in a month for allergies as he sneezes constantly.
Avatar f tn Diabetes is very common in elderly cats... Could also be Hyperthyroidism in the case shes not over thirsty...but both need to be tested asap..
1450718 tn?1284927095 as with my cat. allergies in ppl show up by sneezes or runny eyes, in cats they show up as a skin problem, itch or sores. as with my Sami, he's hypersensitive to chicken, and most cat foods have a chicken base. try switching to some of the alternatives on the thread below....at least away from chicken. Venison is the best choice if kitty will eat it. good luck, read thru the thread, if theres more we can help with please post again and thanks for helping this lady and kitty out.
Avatar f tn If all tests are normal than it is probably behavioral, and if so, you must try and discover if there is any change in the enviromment that has effected her adversely such as a new pet or a new human in the enviroment, work men in the enviroment, changing the furniture around, etc,etc, Whether something has changed in the enviroment or not, purchase some Feliway to use to try to make her comfortable again. Feliway is a natural feline pheramone in a spray or air-freshener form.
Avatar f tn The pulling out in clumps is what my elderly cat was doing. If it is nearly infected but not infected yet then the steroid 'may' be the only option altho it is a great risk. The tranquilizer is not going to help itchy skin and cats often react badly to tranqulizers. My old cat had the steroid shot and it lasted 2 or 3 months then she started pulling again and I had to get another one but BOTH vets didn't want to do it because of the danger.
Avatar f tn you mentioned she is 16, although this is considered her senior years she could still have many more left ahead. I used to work at a vet clinic and we frequently had cats coming in that were in their 20's! With all the advances in vet. medicine pets are living longer and longer these days. I hope you are able to figure out what is going on. Good luck and let us know how she is doing!
874521 tn?1424120397 Hi Jax, the combo is okay, especially if the main intake is the wet, but all wet would really be best and more especially, it seems, if you have male cats. The crystals seem to form in male cats more than females, at least, that's been the experience here on the forum and what my vet told me, also. Someone, please correct me if I'm wrong. Just a tip, Jax...cats are lactose intolerant and milk will upset their tummy and possibly cause diarrhea. Just water would be best.
Avatar f tn that does specialize in cats I will give you a link to Dr. Redfords site and suggest you post this same info to him and perhaps he can give you more guidance. I wish you and kitty all the luck in the world♥ http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Animal-Health---General/show/112?
506791 tn?1439846583 They even have separate areas for dogs and cats in their waiting room. Hopefully Miss Hildie will react positively like I did.
4437866 tn?1388123224 The whole cat thing I thought was retarded I live in a house with 4 cats and a dog my mom and I rescue animals so the cats are rescues and they are so friendly like they come up to you and sit in your lap and they cuddle with you so im always around them but I stay from away from the cat litter bc I don't want to smell cat poop while im preggers lol
637356 tn?1301928422 Oh yeah and if I don't stop bringing in cats people in my neighborhood is going to start calling me the crazy cat lady. The vet is very used to the new ones I bring in and usually starts out with "okay what is the story on this one" " where did you find him? " He also gives me a good rate because I take in so many strays and even though I say I will find homes I end up keeping them.
Avatar f tn Most recently a vet prescribed prednisone, which I know causes diabetes in cats, but he thought it would be worth the risk if it helped, assuming that it may be something internal. A CT scan a month ago didn't show any abnormalities, so I refused to allow the internal medicine specialist to charge me $1600 for an endoscopy exam. I don't think he has any issues with nausea other than an empty tummy that hurts. I found some articles about FOPS online as well as a video.
Avatar n tn Until this past weekend he was in good health for his age; some kidney disease, very slight elevations in his thyroid tests, and he's a few pounds lighter than he was as a strapping young guy (13 pounds, down from a high of 17 in his prime) with some arthritis. Starting Sunday morning he showed nausea and refused to eat, though he would drink, and he appeared a little unsteady on his feet--he shook his head after drinking and nearly tipped over.
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Avatar f tn D One of the biggest learning curves for me has been 'less is more', I still can't seem to get my pea brain to remember, that pseudo's come with repetition and It's better if I stop before the muscle weakness kicks in, I can't stay up right, double splits further, overheating etc, lol hardest thing to work out is knowing when to stop...... I personally wouldn't benefit from the repetition, the exercise bike would probably be safer with your balance issues than a treadmill.
Avatar f tn My main point is there is a time when government needs to subsidize unless they come up with a better plan, which I haven't seen yet. I do believe in Social Security for the elderly, and disability. I also believe if you work you should have the option of insurance. There are many bacteria/viruses for which there are no vaccines. This is for a variety of reasons. I do not see why you jumped to the conclusion that I see big government as the solution to "every problem".
1408210 tn?1340200372 This is my first post on this topic. I was diagnosed years ago with depression and I have tried all the meds available and none help, so I have been winging it on my own, so to speak. I am a 70 yr old female with a family history of alcoholism on one branch of the family tree.
Avatar f tn Sometimes people just want to be listened to, read, am I right? I adore cats and have many. When anyone in our civic club - which I'm not crazy about - asks how many, I say several. Don't want to get too specific! But, anyone who loves cats has a good heart and it will serve you well on your path to wellness. Shouldn't I have my own show? Do you have a cat now? My cats have had their own course of ailments and being pains in my butt, bless their hearts, but they keep me happy.
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