Many cats tend to have a genetic predisposition to diabetes. Yet, not all cats that develop feline diabetes are overweight. Diabetes in Cats “Obesity in house cats leads to a greater risk of developing diabetes”
Genetics do play a role. A cat with a diet high in carbohydrates and other environmental risks with good genetics can avoid diabetes and a large number of other feline diseases. Most pet owners want to put the odds in favor of their pets health. The truth that many owners do not understand is that veterinarians rarely see diabetic cats that are on a strictly wet cat food or homemade meat cat food diet. There may be issues with obesity and poor dental health in cats on strictly wet food. Certainly, cats that have a tendency toward obesity early in life may benefit from a wet diet to prevent developing diabetes when they age. Changes in your cats diet should be discussed with your veterinarian so you know what the trade offs are for your cats health.
The root cause of feline diabetes and many times the tell tale obesity that goes with it is the presence of too much refined carbohydrates in the cats diet. The cats pancreas cannot handle the excess sugar. Cats are basically carnivores and their natural diet was not meant to include carbohydrates that they get from the standard dry cat food diet. In fact carbohydrates were never required at any level in a cats diet. Diabetes in Cats
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