The clinical signs consist of weight loss, drinking excessively, urinating excessively and in the more advanced stages
vomiting, lethargy, and weakness.
Obesity, age, and gender are risk factors for diabetes mellitus in the cat. The male cat has a 50% greater predisposition for developing diabetes than the female.
Diabetes is classified similarly to humans, with most cats having type II diabetes. These patients generally have a decrease in insulin levels and decreased sensitivity at the insulin receptors. (more…)