Preventing Diabetes in Cats Pt.2
A few weeks ago we wrote about an organization dedicated to early detection of diabetes in cats. Today we want to provide some tips and advice on preventing diabetes in your cat.
Type II diabetes is the most common in cats and is most common in neutered male cats that are overweight and eat a diet high in carbohydrates (dry kibble). While diabetes can be controlled and managed with early detection, the ultimate goal is prevention.
- Keep you cat at their optimal body weight. If you aren’t sure, take a look at the Body Conditioning Chart and be honest about your cat – their life depends on it.
- Feed them a diet that is more in tune with their needs – high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
- Provide stimulation for your cat to help increase their exercise levels and help with their weight.
- Have regular checkups, including blood work and urinalysis done by your vet.
Diabetes is not a death sentence, but it is a serious disease that needs constant monitoring. Follow our tips for prevention and be aware the signs because early detection is critical to your cat’s ability to live a long life with the disease.