Preventing Diabetes in Cats
An astounding 1 in 250 cats are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes results from a decrease in the insulin secretion from the pancreas and/or a decrease in the action of insulin, a hormone required for metabolizing carbohydrates. Most cats have Type 2 diabetes where the cat secretes insulin, but does it abnormally. With early detection, the condition is very treatable, typically with adjustments in diet and medication.
In an effort to promote that early detection, Abbott, Merck & Purina have teamed up to form the Diabetes Pet Care Alliance, a diabetes campaign for cats and dogs. During the month of March 2015, newly diagnosed dogs or cats with diabetes will receive a special gift pack of food and medication to help treat their disease.