Diabetic cats are the hardest to home

Diabetic cats are the hardest to home.

The National Cat Adoption Centre regularly houses diabetic cats in search of their forever homes. They can be adorable and loving and have a lot to offer any new adopter but, the reality is that, due to being diabetic, they will stay at the centre  longer than any of the other cats.

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 11-year-old Bramble. He is a super little cat, very sweet and friendly and a real joy, and would make a great addition to any family. But being diabetic makes finding a home all the more difficult.
Bramble is after a very special home with caring owners who will be able to manage his condition, and give him twice-daily injections. Bramble is such a good boy. He takes his injections in his stride and loves his special food.

Sadly, we know that Bramble will be at the NCAC a lot longer than he deserves to be. The commitment needed due to his condition limits his offers of a home, which is such a shame. A family is missing out on a wonderful cat: Bramble has so much to offer.  

Life with a diabetic cat isn't different to homing any other cat. Bramble 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. 

At the NCAC  we can give a prospective new owner advice on giving the injections. We will also be there to support the new owner once Bramble is home.

If you feel you can offer a home to one of our diabetic cats, please do contact us on 01825 741331 or email cattery.reception@cats.org.uk

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.