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A dense ten-page report in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, complete with pie graphs and complex tables, analyzed 14,000 United Kingdom cats (all covered by health insurance, no less) to discover the following: If your cat looks like a bowling ball, it's three times more likely to get type 2 diabetes than your skinny cat.
There's especially bad news for plump Burmese cats, which are almost four times more likely to get diabetes than plain old cats. Neutered cats, male cats, and particularly lazy female cats are also at higher risk.
Worse still, the cat diabetes epidemic is growing just like the human one: The number of diabetic cats found in this study is almost five times that found in an American study in the 1970s.
Want to save your fat cat from diabetes? Put it on a veterinarian-recommended diet and give it a daily workout. How to make your cat exercise was not explained: maybe some time on a little cat-sized treadmill would do the trick.
Sources: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, August
Aug 30, 2007
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