In cats, a common cause of neuropathic pain is diabetes mellitus.
The result is a weakness in the hind legs which comes from damage to the nerves caused by constant high levels of sugar in the blood.
Pain may accompany the weakness, with tingling and numbness in the limbs.
Do cats with diabetes suffer?
Cats with diabetes most commonly suffer from the Type II form of the disease. Between 0.2 and 1 percent of cats in the general population are believed to suffer from diabetes. Weight loss is an important sign of diabetes in cats. This breakdown results in weight loss, despite increased appetite.
What happens if diabetes goes untreated in cats?
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease in cats, whereby either insufficient insulin response or insulin resistance lead to persistently high blood glucose concentrations. Untreated, the condition leads to increasingly weak legs in cats, and eventually malnutrition, ketoacidosis and/or dehydration, and death.
What are the signs that a cat has diabetes?
The Bottom Line on Feline Diabetes
If you suspect your cat is sick, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. Excessive urination, thirst, heightened appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and inactivity are symptoms of diabetes mellitus.
Do cats recover from diabetic neuropathy?
The most common complication in cats that are chronically hyperglycemic is diabetic neuropathy—about 10 percent of cats are affected. The progression to this condition may take several months, and, if properly treated, it can resolve within six to 12 months. The femoral nerve is most commonly affected.
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