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What is High Blood Sugar?

High blood sugar is caused by the body's inability to make its own insulin or use it effectively. When your cat eats he digests fats, proteins and carbohydrates for his body to use. Sugar, or glucose, is an important substance because it provides him with the energy he needs to live. His body should also produce insulin to regulate the flow of glucose. If he isn't producing insulin, his body will use other sources for energy and his blood sugar will be high.

Keeping your cat healthy requires being in tune with his body. It is important to learn his behavior, so you will know if he isn't at his best. While most cats are generally healthy, some develop medical conditions similar to humans, including hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Diabetes mellitus is a condition that occurs in cats which is characterized by high blood sugar.

Symptoms of High Blood Sugar in Cats

Cats with high blood sugar will exhibit certain symptoms that will let you know something isn't right. Below is a list of the most common symptoms seen in cats with diabetes:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Difference in gait (walking)
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Depression

Types

There are two types of diabetes mellitus that can occur in cats and cause hyperglycemia:

Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

Cats with this type of diabetes do not need daily doses of insulin to regulate their blood sugar. It is controlled with diet alone. 

Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

This form of diabetes requires daily insulin injections to control fluctuating blood sugar. Half of all cats diagnosed with high blood sugar will need insulin to stay healthy. 

Causes of High Blood Sugar in Cats

While the exact cause of diabetes in cats is unknown, there are some factors veterinarians believe contribute to its development.

  • Advancing Age
  • Being overweight
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cushing's disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Certain medications, such as steroids

Temporary increases in blood sugar that are not linked to diabetes may be caused by:

  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Kidney disease

Diagnosis of High Blood Sugar in Cats

Your doctor will do a thorough examination of your cat to reach a diagnosis. First, he will ask you some questions regarding your cat's health and medical history. He will also perform a physical examination and take his vital signs such as temperature, weight, heart rate and respiration rate. Diagnostic tests are a critical part of diagnosing high blood sugar in cats. Your veterinarian will draw blood from your cat and run a CBC, biochemical profile and blood sugar analysis. A urine sample will also be taken to determine the level of sugar in his urine.

Treatment of High Blood Sugar in Cats

How your cat will be treated for high blood sugar depends on the nature and severity of his condition. Cats that are not seriously ill or in grave danger, are typically treated with daily insulin injections, dietary changes, and oral medication. Lifestyle and dietary changes, along with treatment of underlying conditions may be recommended. If your cat is in immediate danger, he may be admitted to the hospital for IV fluids and medications to stabilize his blood sugar. 

Recovery of High Blood Sugar in Cats

If your cat has high blood sugar, you must learn how to care for him so that he does not have serious complications that could threaten his life. Cats with diabetes often do not want to eat, but they need regular nourishment to keep blood sugar steady. Your doctor may prescribe special food and it is important that he eats regularly. He may also require oral medications and insulin injections on a daily basis. Most injections are given twice a day. Your doctor will teach you the best way to give insulin injections. It is important to be comfortable with this, as it is necessary to prevent a health crisis. You will also need to check your cat’s glucose levels each day at home. This is very important because when your cat's blood sugar is high, it spills into his urine. Once it has done so, his sugar levels are most likely very high. You can check his urine output for sugar by placing a detector in his litter box, but this can be a bit unreliable. Your doctor will most likely advise you to check his blood sugar with a blood sample obtained from his ear or foot. While there are special units designed to check your cat's blood sugar, you can also use one designed for humans. 

If not treated, high blood sugar can shorten your cat's life. Diabetes in cats can lead to unhealthy looking coats, liver problems and chronic bacterial infections. Cats with uncontrolled blood sugar can develop a fatal condition known as ketoacidosis. If this occurs, he must be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Diabetes can also cause cats to develop hind-leg weakness which worsens as they age. This hinders them from walking and jumping as they normally would. 

While it is challenging to care for cats with high blood sugar, it can be managed with medication and dietary changes. Developing a good relationship with your veterinarian is key to helping your cat stay healthy while managing his disease.

High Blood Sugar Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Oscar
Blue russian mix
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

sleeps a lot, pees a lot

My cat is 17 years old. He has been diabetic for 3-1/2 years. He has been on Prozinc for all that time. I test him 2x a day so I can give him the proper amount of insulin. He has been well managed that way. Now, his numbers are high. 300-500. What am I doing wrong??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2469 Recommendations
Managing conditions like diabetes is more of an art than a science, you should think about visiting your Veterinarian and discussing the history with them and getting a more comprehensive blood test done to be on the safe side; you may be doing nothing wrong and the blood glucose may still increase. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
tabby
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 13 yr old cat was diagnosed with diabetes and was on insulin for over a year. Her BS then started going lower to around 67-70 so they told me she was in remission and to stop the insulin. She has been her normal self up until yesterday, now she won't eat or drink and is very lethargic. I did get 1/2 tsp of water in her by syringe this morning. I can't get her to the Vet until Tuesday. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2469 Recommendations
Without examining Abby and checking her blood glucose (given the history of diabetes) I cannot really give any recommendation or suggestion on what to do next as we are not sure whether the glucose has risen or fallen from physiological range; you should ensure that Abby is hydrated, eating and comfortable but try to visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible. If the delay is due to money, there are charities (see link below) which may be able to help you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I can't get to a vet until tomorrow morning. My cat has all of the symptoms of hyperglycemia. What can I do tonight to help him? He seems so miserable and weak. He is eating. He is also drinking a lot.

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Odie
Shorthaired feline
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pulling out his fur

Medication Used

Lantus

My diabetic cat is pulling out fur from his back. He's never done that before being diagnosed is is on lantus twice a day his levels are still high it's been almost 3 months since he was diagnosed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2469 Recommendations
Any case where behavioural changes like chewing and pulling fur out of the back should be seen by your Veterinarian to determine the cause; hormonal conditions may cause issues with the skin but shouldn’t result in a cat pulling out fur. Your Veterinarian will check Odie over to look for any other concerning symptoms and will also look into whether a change needs to be made with medication or diet. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Odie
Short hair feline
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Somtimes he pulls his fur out

Medication Used

Lantus

My 7yr old cat was diagnosed with diabetes 3 months ago I'm having a hard time regulating him I do home check he is in the 300s in the morning then up to 400 an 500 at night he gets 4 units twice a day today he was 189 in the morning didn't give insulin rechecked him 6hrs later he was 569 he is on lantus just don't know what I'm doing wrong

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1048 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Diabetes can be diffucult to manage. If you are able to check his blood sugar at home, that is helpful. Some cats need different insulin, or he may need a 24 hour glucose curve. Diet can make a difference. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, as they can monitor her health status and glucose levels with you.

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Lulu
short hair
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy

My 12 year old female cat was diagnosed with diabetes a little over a year ago and was placed on Vetsulin. I was checking her blood sugar every day and eventually it seemed like she went into remission bc her numbers were great and no insulin was needed. I did spot checks and she was good for about 5 months. Then her levels became high again...500-600’s. She is now back on insulin. When I check her in the morning she is within normal range. When I get home at night she is anywhere between 500-600! I leave a little bit of prescription dry food out to eat during the day and I give her wet cat food (FF Classic) in the morning for breakfast. What is causing such a high spike?? She is also overweight, so I am trying to not feed her too much! She drinks and pees a ton still! She eats and plays and sleeps and seems happy still.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2469 Recommendations
It is normal for a spike in blood glucose after a meal, but it is important that the levels reduce quickly (within two hours) and this is why we do glucose curves to get an idea of the efficiency of management. If Lulu continues to have high blood glucose you should discuss management with your Veterinarian as each case is different, both dietary management and insulin is required for a favourable outcome. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bubs
Medium hair
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

We took our male cat to the vet yesterday because he had a loss of appetite and would just lie around. They said he is borderline diabetic and they started him on a special diet. The issue is he still only eats a little bit and doesn't seem interested in the food. Is there anyway to stimulate his appetite or any suggestions on how to get him to eat. Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1048 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without knowing what the erst of his lab work showed, I'mnot sure if there was anything else going on with him, or if he needs insulin in addition to the diet. Since he isn't eating, he should be seen by your veterinarian again, as he may be getting dehydrated. He may need further care, as he doesn't seem to be responding the way that your veterinarian expected. There are appetite stimulants that can be prescribed if needed, but it is usually better to figure out the underlying cause for his signs. I hope that he starts eating soon!

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