When we went to the vet because he was drinking a lot and losing weight although he was eating nonstop, I was sure he was hyperthyroid. After all, the symptoms and age (13) matched. And Myles doesn't fit the typical diabetic cat profile. He's never been overweight. He hates dry food and doesn't eat it. And he's never been anywhere near steroids, which can cause diabetes in cats.
According to VCA Animal Hospitals' website, diabetes affects one in 400 cats, but the number could be much larger than that. And the number of diabetic cats "is increasing at an alarming rate," the website says, "due to the tremendous increase in the number of overweight and obese cats."
Could your cat be diabetic? Here are some signs to watch for.