What symptoms did your cat have pre-dx?

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  1. Misterbeesmom

    Misterbeesmom Well-Known Member

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    I'd love to know what led you to finding out your cat had diabetes. was it all just drinking a lot and peeing a lot or did any of you notice personality issues as well?

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  2. Julie and Eleanor (GA)

    Julie and Eleanor (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Excessive drinking and peeing were Eleanor's only symptoms.
     
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  3. Elizabeth and Bertie

    Elizabeth and Bertie Well-Known Member

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    With Bertie it was weight loss and 'dandruff', and then his back legs started to 'collapse' under him (neuropathy). Didn't notice any changes in personality....

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  4. Tuxedo Mom

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    Tuxie...excess drinking and peeing, dandruff, weight loss around hips, less energetic, back legs weak (neuropathy)

    Maxie...excess drinking and peeing, playing less (she has always played a lot) I had been testing her every month or so because of her brother being diabetic. She was totally good 1 1/2 months before she ended up being diabetic.
     
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  5. Erica & Carter

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    Excessive drinking and urination. When I first adopted Carter (when he was 8) he was so overweight the first thing I did was get him a panel to see if he had diabetes, and he didn't. But did have some crystals formation in his urine, which as since cleared up with the help of cranberry powder, pre-diagnosis.

    Two years later, as soon as he started the PU/PD symptoms I already knew the answer despite my efforts of exercise and portion control with dry food (obviously knowing what I know now he wouldn't have been on dry food, despite the quality in the sense of how much "quality" dry food can even have which is none but he was on Meow Mix dry food free-fed before I got him and I switched him to Instrinct Raw Boost) but it did not aide his weight loss. He's definitely lost weight in the past 3 months on this canned diet. He just has a big ol' belly but definitely trimmed down I'm going to buy a baby scale this weekend to keep up with his weight loss at home. My other boys are maybe a pound or 2 overweight as well so a canned diet definitely is helping all my babies.
     
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  6. Catticus Maximus

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    Maximus always was a big drinker and had been tested for diabetes in the past. Just prior to diagnosis, he began gorging on dog kibble and throwing up. He had go into dog food in the past, so I didn't think too much of it. The dog belonged to a roommate who is now gone so it's no longer a concern.

    Maximus then began walking on his hocks and I thought he hurt himself. I was devastated when I found out about neuropathy and felt I could have done something sooner. :oops: Thankfully he's been feeling much better and even runs around a bit now.:)
     
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  7. Ruby&Baco

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    Hi, mine (Baco) was excessive drinking and peeing. But she also was tired all the time, didn't want to do anything.. And she also didn't sleep next to my bed, what she normally did. (and does again at the moment because of getting insuline and feeling much better) :joyful:
     
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  8. Madrona and Leda

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    Leda's symptoms were excessive drinking, dandruff, weight loss, and loss of coordination in his back legs. We took him to the vet because he started peeing in the bed. Now that I know more about Feline Diabetes, I should have realized something was wrong earlier, but he's an old cat (17), who has an old hip injury that makes him wobble a little already. Behavior changes were relatively minor--more demanding, less cuddly, sleeping by his water bowl (which makes sense if you're always thirsty). (On insulin, he's back to being cuddly, though still very demanding, particularly when it comes to food!).
     
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  9. manxcat419

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    Rosa's symptoms were very fast weight loss, neuropathy and lethargy (honestly, I thought she was dying the few days before she was diagnosed). The other thing that I did notice but didn't attribute it to anything at the time was that she was getting a lot of cat litter stuck to her paws and it was kind of turning into cement - I thought it was the cat litter...apparently it is a sign of potential diabetes. I know better now and would spot it if it happened again. I wasn't really aware of her drinking or peeing more, but at the time we had 6 cats in the house and the oldest one was CKD so I was used to the litter box being turned into a lake and water bowls being emptied in a matter of hours.
     
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  10. Madrona and Leda

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    We can relate--I was so happy to find out that Leda's symptoms were due to diabetes, and treatable!
     
  11. manxcat419

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    Oh, me too. The diagnosis was still a shock, but I was so relieved there was something we could do to help her!
     
  12. Critter Mom

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    Same here! We were with a vet practice at the time which was absolute pants when it came to treating cats (they lost one on me :() and when I finally got them to take me seriously that something was majorly amiss with Saoirse they wrongly gave an initial diagnosis that she had fluid leakage into her abdomen, that the likelihood was it was due to "nothing good" and the odds were she'd have only months left; a year at best. Compared to the possible alternatives, I was overjoyed to get a Dx for diabetes, a treatable condition. (BTW, what those vets initially thought was an abdominal fluid build-up was, in actuality, a very full bladder. :rolleyes: We're with a different practice now.)


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  13. jayla-n-Drevon

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    Interesting question... Dre was drinking a bit more and I thought it was early kidney disease--but he was also distant-he has always been like a "dog" with me always and he stopped sleeping with me and was in the basement-kind of depressed.
     
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  14. Sarah Smith

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    Cooter had some lethargy, big appetite and weight loss going on that we attributed to a injection induced nerve inury to his rear right leg. When he lost almost 4 lbs in 2 months we ran bloodwork. His glucose was 510 vs being in the 300's the day of the nerve damage. Thats when it clicked in my head how much he had been drinking and peeing. I had thought the appetite increase and weight loss were connected to him not being able to get around as easy, thought he wasnt eating as much during the day so seemed hungrier when I was home. I am actually starting to wonder if the diabetes isnt steroid induced since he was on steroids for a few weeks trying to help the nerve damage....
     
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  15. Jan Radar

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    Radar's litter box was filled with boulders every day and we knew something was just not right.
     
  16. LynnLee + Mousie

    LynnLee + Mousie Well-Known Member

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    Good question.

    Mousie (rescued from the streets) went from being so scared of us humans she would barely stay in a room with me and never in a room with my fiance to being my fiance's best friend, following him around everywhere he went, talking to him constantly. He thought she was hungry so he'd give her food, only to have her do it again minutes later. Then she started peeing on his work uniforms every night and when she pee'd on the kitchen counter and I cleaned it up, realizing it was sticky, that's when something clicked. We realized she was eating non stop but not getting fat and with diabetes in my family I knew about sticky urine so that's when we took her to the vet and got the diagnosis.
     
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