Updates in Feline Diabetes Mellitus and Hypersomatotropism

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2020 Sep;50(5):1085-1105. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2020.06.005. Epub 2020 Jul 14.


Flash glucose monitoring is a novel, noninvasive monitoring technique that is increasingly used in the management of small animal diabetes. This article provides guidance on the use of flash glucose monitoring in cats and demonstrates how this technique can be used in a range of feline diabetic cases, including those where management is proving challenging. Other aspects of complicated feline diabetic care are also discussed, including management of the sick diabetic cat, potassium depletion myopathy, and treatment options for cats with hypersomatotropism-associated diabetes mellitus. The use of insulin glargine 300 U/ml as a promising new long-acting insulin for diabetic cats is also discussed.

Keywords: Acromegaly; Glycemic variability; Ketoacidosis; Remission.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / diagnosis
  • Adenoma / veterinary*
  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / blood
  • Cat Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cat Diseases / therapy
  • Cats
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus / veterinary*
  • Female
  • Growth Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma / diagnosis
  • Growth Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma / veterinary*
  • Male