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The Cat in the Fat: They're Getting Diabetes


Aug 30, 2007

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 2007
BBC News


Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Pets, Type 2 Issues



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Posted by Anonymous on 15 January 2008

Get your cats off the dry food immediately! The high carb. content in addition to obesity, equals diabetes!
My fat cat was diagnosed with diabetes. She was on insulin for about 1 month. I immediately took her off the dry gruel, and replaced with a low-carb. canned food only. She is now off the insulin!

Posted by Anonymous on 15 January 2008

LEO,
Hi! If you're still out there, PLEASE take your cats off dry food! Cats are carnivores. Everything that I have researched has said that cats do not require the overload of carbohydrates found in dry food. Eating huge amounts of dry food gave my cat diabetes, and has caused her to become obese. My cats were eating it constantly!

She was on insulin. As soon as I drastically changed her diet and removed ALL dry food, put her only on low carb. canned food, she was able to come off the insulin within a month! I also alternate by feeding cans of (human food) white meat chicken and chunk light tuna, or mix it in with the canned cat food.

Feed them a canned food that is low in carbohydrates. Most Fancy Feast flavors are low in carbs. They say to stay away from the ones with "gravy"--besides, they have wheat gluten in them. Check out "Binky's List" on the web.

Good luck! I also learned the hard way, and feel bad for all those who are still in the dark about this. I hope you get this post!


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