Cats, Obesity And Diabetes

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Diabetes affects around one in 200 cats – and is increasing! Obesity is the most common trigger so the easiest way to prevent diabetes is to prevent obesity. It’s as simple as that. Routine annual health checks including urine checks help pick up early signs of diabetes. Unlike in dogs and us, when diabetic cats are treated correctly and early, as many as 50–60 per cent recover. That means their diabetes is transient. You don’t need to give insulin for the rest of your cat’s life. Frustratingly it’s not possible to predict which pets will fall into this category.

Weight Management For Diabetic Cats

  • Involve everyone who cares for your cat.
  • Weigh your cat’s daily high protein, low carbohydrate food each morning and place it in a container to divide between the allocated meals. This way you are less likely to over feed . Use a few kibbles as treats throughout the day.
  • Give no ‘extras’ including milk and pet milk!
  • Increase exercise by using toys, light torches and other items your cat enjoys. Remember, ‘little and often’ is best.
  • If you wish, place food in different areas or hide kibbles around the house to encourage more exercise. A food ball or ‘puzzle’ feeder is useful. It makes your cat work a little for its food.
  • If you have more than one pet feed them separately and watch over them when they eat.
  • Tell your neighbours that your cat is diabetic and should not be fed.
  • Give insulin injections twice daily.

Cats, Obesity And Diabetes

  • Diabetes affects around one in 200 cats – and is increasing! Obesity is the most common trigger so the easiest way to prevent diabetes is to prevent obesity. It’s as simple as that. Routine annual health checks including urine checks help pick up early signs of diabetes. Unlike in dogs and us, when diabetic cats are treated correctly and early, as many as 50–60 per cent recover. That means their diabetes is transient. You don’t need to give insulin for the rest of your cat’s life. Frustratingly it’s not possible to predict which pets will fall into this category.

Weight Management For Diabetic Cats

  • Involve everyone who cares for your cat.
  • Weigh your cat’s daily high protein, low carbohydrate food each morning and place it in a container to divide between the allocated meals. This way you are less likely to over feed . Use a few kibbles as treats throughout the day.
  • Give no ‘extras’ including milk and pet milk!
  • Increase exercise by using toys, light torches and other items your cat enjoys. Remember, ‘little and often’ is best.
  • If you wish, place food in different areas or hide kibbles around the house to encourage more exercise. A food ball or ‘puzzle’ feeder is useful. It makes your cat work a little for its food.
  • If you have more than one pet feed them separately and watch over them when they eat.
  • Tell your neighbours that your cat is diabetic and should not be fed.
  • Give insulin injections twice daily.

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