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Cats - Diabetes Mellitus

  • Some people may know this as 'sugar diabetes'.
  • Animals that have Diabetes may have:
    • an increase in their thirst
    • urinate more frequently or in inappropriate locations
    • be frequently hungry
    • lose weight
    • Lethargy, tiredness
    • Poor Coat condition
    • If your pet is showing these signs, you should consider having a blood and urine test done.
  • Just like in people, this disease is more common in overweight cats
    • Older desexed male cats cats tend to be over represented as are Burmese Cats.
  • Glucose (Blood sugar) provides the energy for the body to function. The cells of the body can only take up Glucose if there is adequate amounts of insulin available. Insulin is produced by the Pancreas, and some animals are unable to produce enough Insulin and these animals are therefore unable to absorb enough energy for their body to function properly. This leads to too much Glucose circulating in the blood stream.
  • Treatment of Diabetes requires twice daily injections of Insulin under the skin. It also requires frequent monitoring of your pets Blood and Urine Glucose.


  • The link below is to an excel spread sheet that you can use to help monitor your pet at home.
  • Sharps
    • All insulin syringes must be disposed of correctly.
    • This means that they must be placed into a sharps container or puncture resistant container (not glass)
    • They should be stored out of reach of children
    • The lid should be sealed when three quarters full and disposed of at a sharps disposal facility
      • Lismore Base Hospital (Uralba street)
      • Brewster street Recycling Drop off centre
      • LIsmore recycling and recovery centre.
      • enquiries should be made at these places before turning up to ensure that they are currently still dealing with sharps and any special requirements they may have
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