Cats, Like Humans, are Fatter and Unhealthier Than Ever
Oh no! It looks like humans aren’t the only ones having health issues because of their diets. Cats are also showing more cases of diabetes and obesity than ever before.
According to Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA, it is estimated that today 60 percent of cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
“That’s about 43 million cats with an incident rate of diabetes of about one in 400 cats,” she explained.
The main reasons behind that less than purrfect weight is unsurprisingly diet and a sedentary lifestyle. The lack of physical activity and proper nutrition leads cats to develop type II diabetes as their insulin can’t properly do its job.
“Insulin is there to pull in glucose from the blood stream into cells where we can use it,” Dr. Scarlett explained. “So when we don’t have insulin or we can’t use it, we’re unable to use glucose meaning we don’t have energy and we start to burn fat and other proteins in our body.”
The good news is that if put in a low carb diet (let’s call that ‘Catkins’ just for kicks), cats will lose weight and, just like humans, sometimes even reverse the diabetes.
“A lot of cats will go into a diabetic remission and you don’t have to treat them,” she said.
To tell if you kitty cat is at risk of having diabetes, some telling signs are if they’re drinking a lot of water, urinating more than usual or just eating more but not gaining any weight. More information on keeping your cat lean and healthy can also be found at sfspca.org.
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