Meet Machi! He is a diamond in the rough, a needle in the haystack. Machi has been diagnosed with Acromegaly. A condition where his body produces excessive growth hormone which is causing him to continue to grow, have insulin resistance and therefore difficult to control diabetes.
Machi is very lucky to have such wonderful and caring owners that even when his diabetes was poorly controlled despite their best efforts they allowed us to carry out extensive testing to get to the bottom of Machi’s problem. What we found was that he had very high Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 which is used to diagnose acromegaly.
Acromegaly is extremely rare and most vets will only diagnose or suspect one or two cases in their entire career. Unfortunately there is no cure for acromegaly however we are using insulin to control his diabetes and feeding him diabetic food to help with the control of his diabetes and hopefully control some of the weight gain that is associated with his condition.
Machi is a very happy cat with an excellent quality of life, he has twice daily insulin injections and an appetite that makes Garfield look like he’s just snacking. We all love it when Machi comes to visit and I am in regular contact with his mum (human mum that is) to help manage his condition.
Signs of diabetes in cats include increased thirst (drinking lots and lots), increased visits to the litter tray to urinate, increased appetite, weight gain initially then weight loss, vomiting and inappetence in the later stages of the disease, poor coat and foul breath (often commented as being like acetone). If you suspect that your cat may have diabetes then please contact your vet to make an appointment and they will likely recommend a blood test and urine test to confirm the diagnosis.