Diabetes mellitus in cats

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2005 Jan;35(1):211-24. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2004.10.001.


Feline diabetes is a multifactorial disease with genetic and environmental factors, including diet, excess body weight, and physical inactivity, involved in its pathogenesis. Although type 2 diabetes is most common in cats, most cats are insulin-dependent at the time of diagnosis. If good glycemic control can be achieved early after diagnosis, a substantial proportion of diabetic cats go into clinical remission. Diabetic remission may be facilitated by using a low-carbohydrate-high-protein diet combined with a long-acting insulin, such as glargine, administered twice daily. Rather than just controlling clinical signs, these new treatment modalities make curing feline diabetes a realistic goal for practitioners.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cat Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Cats
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus / veterinary*