Weight Gain and Diabetes? Our vetenarian diagnosed our cat with diabetes last weekend. He was himself…

Weight Gain and Diabetes?

Our vetenarian diagnosed our cat with diabetes last weekend. He was himself surprised by the lab results indicating a glucose level of 25 mmol/L (or 450 mg/dl), and everything else normal, as our cat gained 2 pounds since last year.

The symptoms that prompted us to consult were that our cat has been routinely relieving himself outside of his litter boxes (he has 2 very clean litter boxes), especially when he is frustrated by something (when he can’t go outside for example – he is an indoor cat).

We noticed in the last month a very slight increase in his demand for food and water, but not a dramatic one. He also acts normally. He now weights 6 kg. His last lab results were done in June 2017, and everything was normal. He is 9 years old.

Is it possible that he has diabetes, but still gains weight?

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Krista Magnifico
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I diagnose diabetes based on three things typically,,, looks like diabetes (muscle or weight loss w polyuria and polydipsia (drink a lot and peeing a lot) blood hyperglycemia (elevated blood glucose (above 250) and glucosuria (glucose in the urine). If I don’t have 2 out of three I recheck the blood glucose at home (less stressful) OR pre-emptively start treating by changing the diet to wet food prescription diabetes canned.