Cats and Diabetes

Diabetes is a common disease among cats, affecting about 1 in 200. Some warning signs of diabetes are:

  • Weight Loss
  • Increased Thirst
  • Increased Urination

Older and overweight cats are especially prone to developing diabetes, which is caused by a lack of insulin, a hormone that normally taxis sugar into cells, where it is then used for energy.

Cats’ metabolisms are totally different from dogs or people and they have a much more specific need for proteins, particularly some amino acids such as taurine. It is really important to take a second look at what you feed your cat. Canned food seems to be better than ordinary dry cat food because it contains more protein per bite.

Talk to your vet if you are worried about your cat contracting diabetes. A change of diet is often enough to solve the problem and you may feed all your cats the same food.

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