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Must-Have Diabetes Supplies

Just as in humans, feline diabetes presents many challenges for cats and the owners who care for them. Though a consumer’s primary source of information on managing diabetes should always be a veterinarian, retailers need to be aware of the special needs of the diabetic cat. Armed with the appropriate information and products, you can be a valuable partner in the management of this difficult disease.

You don’t have to be an expert on the disease to stock a few items helpful to owners with diabetic pets. Simply by understanding the main symptoms of the condition, you can make more informed product recommendations to send your customers home with the tools they need to manage diabetes effectively.

Water
Polydipsia, or excessive thirst, is a classic symptom of poorly managed feline diabetes. Make sure to offer water dispensing devices that keep fresh fluids going throughout the day, while providing ways to measure the water consumed by diabetic pets. Automatic waterers with clear windows in the reservoir make the best recommendation for owners who need to constantly assess whether their efforts to measure the disease are paying off.

Food
Polyphagia, or ravenous appetite, is also characteristic of animals with the disease. In the beginning stages, it may be vital for a diabetic cat owner to monitor how much their cat is eating and how often they are hungry. Offer scoops, hoppers or bowls that make measuring easier.

When the disease is caused by feline obesity, as is the case for nearly half of reported cases, an owners mission becomes to carefully time mealtimes and quantities of food given. Low-calorie foods, high in fiber give these animals what they need. Programmable automatic food dispensers also eliminate the free-offering bowl of food by allowing the animals restricted access to several small meals throughout the day.

Cleaning Supplies
Some signs and symptoms of the disease creep up on owners and animals over time. As a cat’s body gradually feels the affects of the chronic high blood sugar associated with diabetes, myriad problems develop. Vomiting and diarrhea often occur during periods of prolonged hyperglycemia. Offer simple solutions in the form of enzymatic cleaners to exasperated consumers.

Litter
Excessive urination, which occurs as a result of excessive thirst, or decreased urine output, as is the case with kidney dysfunction, both need to be monitored by consumers. Offer clumping litters that allow for the examination of the frequency and quantity of urination. Or consider stocking glass bead products that let the urine drain through, where it can more accurately be measured. <HOME>


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