Dermatitis Diabetes Felinedermatitis-diabetes-feline

Dermatitis diabetes feline is a common sign of the disease. The skin is a window into the health of your cat. For example, one of the primary clinical signs of diabetes is dry and scaly skin.

Other skin diseases associated with diabetes include:

Acquired skin fragility syndrome.

In this condition the skin becomes very thin and fragile. It is easily injured and can tear.

Areas without skin result in the loss of fluids and protein. Treatment involves getting control of the diabetes.


Another skin disease is called Xanthomas. In this condition skin lesions are yellowish in color or form little nodules or bumps. These nodules can be found on the head, legs and other bony areas.

This condition also resolves itself when the underlying diabetes is treated. Dietary change to a lower fat diet may also help.

Treatment of Dermatitis Diabetes Feline

Given that the skin condition of your cat is due to diabetes as an underlying cause it is particularly important to consult your veterinarian who can make recommendations and track progress. In addition to prescription approaches, you might also want to try dietary change and natural supplements such as those indicated below.

Recent studies have shown that nutritional management using low carbohydrate foods and medications have helped cats with diabetes. Fiber-fortified foods have been recommended in the management of feline DM. Since different cats may react differently to dietary change, it might pay to try types of recommended diets: high-fiber low-fat and low-carbohydrate high-protein formulas. Brands to consider include Hill’s m/d, Purina DM, and Royal Canin DS 44.

One additional approach that might be worth considering are dietary supplements or natural remedies that support the overall and skin health of your cat. Supplements to research include Glucobalance which is designed to keep blood sugar and insulin levels in a balance and other products by the same manufacturer that support the liver and the coat/skin.


The Skin As a Marker Of Internal Disease
Alexander F. Koutinas, DVM, Dr. Vet. Med., DECVD; Professor M. Saridomichelakis, DVM, DrMedVet
Clinic of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Greece

High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets: Are they for All Cats?
C.A. Kirk
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA.


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