Diabetes in Cats


You just learned that your cat has diabetes. You're asking how this could have happened to your kitty, and what you are going to do now.

Well, try to relax. You and your pet will get through this together.

In fact, you're in good company. Up to 1 in every 200 cats has feline diabetes.1 Their owners have learned how to manage this chronic illness, and you can too.

Today's diabetes care for cats and dogs is based on the latest advances in human medicine, and that's good news for your cat. It's not hard to manage your pet's diabetes - your veterinarian will show you how.


color photo of a cat resting on a rug on the floor.
Rocky, age 14, diagnosed at 12 years. He is 21 lbs. of cuddly affection, and stays healthy with a special diet and 2 insulin shots a day.
Photo courtesy V. Hanks

Some of the country's leading experts in feline diabetes have worked with BD to help you learn about diabetes in cats and how it's treated. For many cats, BD insulin syringes can help make the injections more comfortable.


BD wishes to thank the following veterinary professionals for reviewing this information and providing their valuable insights: 
Edward C. Feldman, DVM, ACVIM. U. of CA - Davis, Dept of Medicine and Epidemiology (Retired)
Deborah S. Greco, DVM, PhD, DACVIM. Senior Research Scientist, Global Communications, Nestle Purina PetCare
Margarethe Hoenig, DVM, PhD, (Retired)


1.  S.J. Ettinger, E.C. Feldman: Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 5th Edition, Vol. 2., 2000 pg 1438.


The BD Diabetes Learning Center describes the causes of diabetes, its symptoms, and diabetes complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy. This site contains detailed information about blood glucose monitoring, insulin injection and safe sharps disposal. Interactive quizzes, educational literature downloads and animated demonstrations help to teach diabetes care skills.

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