Diabetic cats are the hardest to home

Diabetic cats are the hardest to home.

Currently, we have two diabetic cats undergoing treatment at the National Cat Adoption Centre. They are both adorable and loving and have a lot to offer any new adopter but, the reality is they will sit here a lot longer than any of the other cats due to being diabetic.

Diabetes is a condition that affects the control of blood sugar levels and usually occurs in middle-aged and older cats, particularly those that are overweight. Being diabetic means that the body either does not produce enough insulin or does not respond to it properly.

The signs of diabetes are:
- Increased thirst/appetite
- Passing more urine
- Weight loss
- Lethargy
- Vomiting
- Being more prone to other infections

Diabetes is diagnosed via a blood test and can be treated more successfully if detected and treated in the early stages. If diabetes is diagnosed your vet is most likely to prescribe insulin. This must be given by injection, once or twice a day, and it is likely to be needed for the rest of their lives.

Many owners feel anxious by this prospect but, under good guidance from their vet, it soon becomes part of the daily routine of caring for your cat. The needles are very small and user friendly.

Sometimes the condition can be successfully treated with a combination of oral drugs to lower the blood glucose and a weight reducing diet.

Routine is very important for a diabetic cat as the daily injections need to be carried out at the same time every day, which is what makes them a difficult cat to rehome, as this can put some restriction on an owner's flexibility. But if these can be factored in to an owners budget and time, owning a diabetic cat can be very rewarding and all other aspects of owning a cat generally are still there.

Providing the necessary treatment is received there is no reason why diabetic cats should not enjoy a relatively normal life for years.

One such cat with diabetes is 12-year-old Maxwell. He is a super little cat, very sweet and friendly and a real joy. Maxwell would make a great addition to any family.

Maxwell came into care at the NCAC because he was very unhappy in his former home. His family had to downsize to a flat from a big house with a garden and he really missed being able to go outside.

He is newly diagnosed diabetic and is doing really well with the condition. He has to be on a special diet and have two injections of Insulin a day, but he is very good and takes them in his stride.

Life with Maxwell really is no different to homing any other cat. He loves to play, loves to eat, loves to go outside and, more importantly, loves cuddles.

He has a lot of love to give and, as long as you can factor in his twice-daily injections, he will be a very happy cat.

Thankfully, Maxwell has been rehomed and should be enjoying many years of happiness with his new family.

Diabetes is not a condition to be scared of, and the needles are very small and user friendly, anyone interested in offering a home to Maxwell will be given full training on how to do his injections. If you would like to know more about Maxwell, please contact us on ncac@cats.org.uk or call 01825 741331.

For further inspiration, here is the story of Tippex, who has now gone home.

Tippex came to the NCAC early in January. He was 13 years old and a newly diagnosed diabetic cat. He was a real character who was very sociable with other cats and dogs, so this helped to widen his adopting options.

Tippex became stable with his condition very quickly, which is unusual for diabetic cats in our care, due to the stress of their new environment and adjusting to the new routine.

Also, due to staffing levels, we cannot do Insulin injections at 12 hour intervals, which is the ideal way to manage the condition successfully.

Sadly a family lost their diabetic cat and they mentioned that if another diabetic cat came along that they would love to offer them a home.

So, as Tippex needed a home, they were contacted with a few photos and, after falling in love with him, they took him home to Somerset on Valentine's Day.

Here is Maxwell's story, too.

Maxwell, aged 12 years, came to the NCAC in February as a newly diagnosed diabetic cat.

His owner loved him very much but, sadly, he had to go from a big house with a garden, which he loved, to a top floor flat with no outside access.

This made him very unhappy and stressed, so his owner was forced to make the decision to rehome Maxwell for his own happiness.

Maxwell is a dear little cat. He is very calm, loves his food, and takes his Insulin injections very well.

He is looking for a home with no children as they scare him.

He would be able to share his home with another cat but we are unsure how he would be with dogs as he has never lived with them before.

Anyone wanting to know about Maxwell or learn about living with diabetes, please contact ncac@cats.org.uk

If you would like to offer a home to Maxwell, all training will be given on how to inject the Insulin, until you feel confident enough to do it on your own.