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Living with a Diabetic Cat

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Guest post by Nicole Etolen

Living with a diabetic cat is not as challenging as it sounds. Yes, your cat will need some lifestyle changes, and yes, you’ll need to dedicate a bit more time to her care than you used to, but overall, there is no reason to panic. Read on to find out what to expect and how to make both your life and that of your cat easier and more comfortable.Continue Reading

Kitty Halitosis: Why Does My Cat Have Bad Breath?

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Bad breath in cats is almost always an indicator of a health problem. While some odor, as a reflection of a cat’s normal diet, is to be expected, bad breath and unusual odors are a cause for concern, and require a visit to the veterinarian. The most common cause for bad breath is dental disease, but bad breath can also be an indicator of kidney disease, liver disease, gastrointestinal disease or diabetes.Continue Reading

Study Confirms that Dry Food Increases Risk of Diabetes for Cats

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There are many reasons why cats should never eat dry food. Dry food is the equivalent of junk food for cats, it is the leading cause of most urinary tract problems, and it is responsible for the obesity problem among cats. Dry food has also been implicated as one of the contributing factors to diabetes, which is reaching epidemic proportions. 1 in 50 cats may be affected, with overweight cats being at increased risk.Continue Reading

Review: The Comeback Cat

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Diabetes in humans has reached epidemic proportions, and sadly, this trend also affects our cats. Diabetes affects as many as 1 in 50 cats, and appears to be more prevalent due to factors such as diet and low activity levels. Male, neutered cats are at increased risk, as are cats who are overweight or obese. A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming for cat parents. In The Comeback Cat: Cleo’s Incredible Journey Through Feline Diabetes to Remission, Heather Peden shares her experience  with this disease.Continue Reading

Recognizing Signs of Diabetes in Cats

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Cats can develop diabetes just as humans can, and the treatment and management of the condition are very similar. Treatment may include dietary changes, adequate exercise and insulin.

Feline diabetes mellitus is more common that most people realize. It is thought that the condition is becoming more prevalent in cats due to factors such as diet and low activity levels. Male, neutered cats are at increased risk, as are cats who are overweight or obese. Age and underlying health issues may also be components in the development of diabetes. Because cats often mask illness quite well, being aware of the signs of this disease is important.Continue Reading

Check Up At Home Wellness Test Helps Detect Problems Early

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Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness. By the time a cat shows symptoms, a disease may already be at an advanced stage, making treatment more difficult and also more costly. This is one of the reasons why regular veterinary exams are so important. But wouldn’t it be nice if you had a way to detect health problems even before your cat is due for her annual or bi-annual check up?

Check Up is a quick, simple testing method that can give you an overall picture of your cat’s health by testing her urine. Continue Reading

Home Testing Can Help Detect Possible Health Issues Early

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Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness. By the time a cat shows symptoms, a disease may already be at an advanced stage, making treatment more difficult and also more costly. This is one of the reasons why regular veterinary exams are so important. But wouldn’t it be nice if you had a way to detect health problems even before your cat is due for her annual or bi-annual check up?

Home testing is not a new concept

Home testing for people has been around for decades, ranging from pregnancy tests to cholesterol checks and glucose monitoring. The technology is now also available for pets.

Urinary tract issues

Home testing can help detect urinary tract issues early. A urinary tract infection, if left undiagnosed and untreated, is not only painful, and, in male cats, potentially life-threatening, it can affect the cat’s kidneys and compromise kidney function. Once kidney function is lost, it cannot be regenerated.

Diabetes

When diabetes is diagnosed early, it is a manageable, and, depending on the type of diabetes, sometimes even reversible, condition.

Pawcheck and Petnostics: test your cat’s urine at home

There are several products with different technologies available to perform home testing for cats. Today I’d like to highlight PawCheck and Petnostics. These devices offer a simple, clean and safe testing method, with no contact with the chemical reagents.

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PawCheck provides innovative urinalysis strips for the screening of urinary tract infection, diabetes and kidney failure. Simply collect your cat’s urine using a special non-absorbent litter, which is provided with the test kit, and dip the strip directly into the sample. Results are read in 2 minutes. The non-absorbent litter can also be helpful if you have to bring a sample to your vet for further analysis.

Please visit http://www.pawcheck.com for information.

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Petnostics allows you to check your cat’s health by analyzing your cat’s urine with your smartphone. Petnostics relies on the same veterinary urine strips that vets use in their clinics. Simply collect your cat’s urine in the urine cup provided, and then use the free Petnostics mobile app to perform the analysis. Results can be easily shared with your veterinarian.

Please visit http://www.petnostics.com for more information.

Home tests are intended to help you detect health conditions in your cat early, but are not a substitute for veterinary care. Tests are best evaluated in conjunction with your cat’s medical history, a physical exam, and possibly additional diagnostics.

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Preventive Home Testing with PawCheck Helps Detect Feline Health Problems Early

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Feline obesity has become an epidemic: a staggering 53% of America’s cats are considered overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to serious health problems in cats, including diabetes and kidney failure.

Regular home-testing can help detect abnormal conditions at an early stage, enabling your cat to get timely veterinary treatment. This is especially important for cats, who are masters at disguising symptoms until an illness is often in the advanced stages, making treatment more costly, and often more complicated.

Monitoring your cat’s urination habits at home is extremely important: Continue Reading