Pictured below are the back legs of a cat who suffers with diabetes mellitus. Notice the areas of hairloss below the hock (tarsus) on each leg. Examine the picture closely and then answer the following question, what is the cause of the hair loss?
Diagnosis: Diabetic Neuropathy
When cats experience high levels of glucose in their blood stream, the glucose affects nerve function. Instead of walking on their toes, a cat with diabetic neuropathy will walk down on the lower part of their leg. It resembles the way a rabbit moves. Over time, the abnormal motion causes hairloss over the lower part of the leg.