Many cats that are overweight are facing the risk of diabetes. An increasing number of cats are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, as the lack of exercise and heavier body affect their health.
An University of Edinburgh study that involved 14,000 cats concluded that one in every 230 cats in the UK is diabetic.
Cats with weight problems are said to be more than three times as likely to suffer from diabetes. Neutered male cats that do not get adequate amount of exercise are particularly at risk.
Cat owners are being urged to watch their cat’s health and weight, control the amount of treats they feed and to make sure their cat gets enough exercise.
Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore, from Edinburgh University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “This is the first study of its kind to try to quantify diabetes among cats in the UK and the results show extremely worrying levels. To reduce your cat’s risk of developing this often fatal disease you need to keep them active, and not allow them to gain too much weight.”
The number of diabetic cats in this UK study is almost five times higher than a previous study done in the US in the 1970s.
Between 85% and 95% of diabetic cats suffer from type II diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity.
Researchers say that cats are are following in the footsteps of their human counterpart. Over 2 million people in the UK have diabetes.
They also say that like people, cats will overeat if they are offered tasty food, are bored and have nothing else to do. Cats are more likely to be housebound, so cats are not getting enough exercise
Burmese cats were found to be three times more likely to develop diabetes than any other pedigree breed.
Source: BBC News