Cat Diabetes?

Deb O'NeillDeb O'Neill PerkasieMember Posts: 8,659
edited 5 October, 2005 in Cat Health
Has anyone talked to their vet about how your cat can AVOID becoming diabetic?

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  • lynn spicerlynn spicer marysvilleMember Posts: 271
    edited 27 February, 2006
    No disease is 100% avoidable but maintaining a healthy weight with a good diet is very imporatant for cats and dogs. It's a good start but unfortunately there are never any guarantees.
  • edited 27 February, 2006
    Keeping a trim body weight certainly helps avoid Type II diabetes (which is what most diabetic cats have) There is also a population of cats who are not historically overweight that are diabetic as well. These cats may be diabetic due to primary pancreatic disease (the pancreas contains the cells that produce insulin) Sometimes these are cats with chronic pancreatic inflammation, sometimes viral or bacterial disease can destroy the insulin secreting cells without even making you sick! So, there is no 100% foolproof way to prevent diabetes, but by keeping slim and trim (and getting your owner to feed you a high protien diet--generally this means a canned food. Us cats are obligate carnivores, and due to the nature of how dry foods are made, they have to be high in plant based carbohydrates--something we were never meant to digest! There is some discussion in the veterinary community that how cats in teh USA are fed contributes to the incidence of diabetes. OF course, not all cats fed a dry diet get diabetes, but if you tend to be overweight it might be smart to change food)
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