Diabetes afflicts animals as well as humans, so it’s not surprising that cats can also suffer from diabetic neuropathy. As in humans, diabetes in cats is caused either by inadequate production of insulin by the pancreas (Type 1 diabetes) or
by impaired response of cells to insulin (Type 2 diabetes). Although diabetes can strike cats of any age, it occurs most often
in older, fatter animals. Diabetic neuropathy in cats is characterized by symptoms such as progressive weakness in the hind
legs and walking on the hocks (the back part of the legs) rather than on the toes. Cats so afflicted become incapable of climbing stairs or trees and lose the ability to jump to higher surfaces. Often they
can’t take more than a few steps without the hind legs sliding out from under them. Cats with neuropathy also seem to tire
quickly and tend to rest more often after taking short walks.
Many cat lovers are treating their diabetic pets with Zobaline. One 3 mg tablet of methylcobalamin administered once per day is reported to reverse most or all of the symptoms of feline
diabetic neuropathy within a few weeks. Although Zobaline is intended as a sublingual supplement for humans, cats aren’t likely to tolerate any attempts at sublingual
administration! Fortunately, Zobaline seems to work fine when given the same way as any other pill to these animals. Although
LifeLink is not in the veterinary business and cannot promote the use of Zobaline for veterinary purposes, we’re proud that
Zobaline has been singled out as a useful supplement for cats (and their humans).
For more information about methylcobalamin, see the accompanying article about the use of methylcobalamin in humans.