Killing Kitty With Kindness

Killing Kitty With Kindness

This Diabetes Awareness Week (11-17 June) the UK’s leading feline welfare charity is urging cat owners not to overfeed their pets, following a steady rise in pet obesity.

Cats Protection is warning that podgy pusses are at significant risk of diabetes so there is a danger that owners are making a bad situation worse by feeding them too many treats.

The charity says that the condition is more common in middle-aged and older felines as well as male cats. Symptoms include:

  • increased thirst and/or appetite
  • passing more urine
  • weight loss
  • lethargy and weakness
  • vomiting
  • being more prone to other infections e.g. skin and urinary tract infections
  • some affected cats will have sunken back legs so the cat is standing on its ankles as a result of nerve damage

“We love our cats and it’s easy to show this by feeding them extra tit-bits, such as leftovers,” said Dr Vanessa Howie, Cats Protection’s Head of Clinical Services.

“Cats are not by nature greedy but will overeat if they are bored or under-stimulated so it’s important to avoid giving cats extra food as you are risking their health. If you do want to give them a treat, make sure they are designed specifically for cats and adjust the food given in their main meals to compensate for the extra calories.”

The charity also stresses that it’s important to ensure cats get enough exercise and recommends providing stimulation, such as fishing rod toys and feeding balls, to encourage them – especially if they live indoors.

Click here for advice on how to tell if your cat is overweight.

More detailed information on diabetes can be found at: www.cats.org.uk/diabetes

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12 thoughts on “Killing Kitty With Kindness

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  2. Hangaku Gozen says:

    I haven’t had a diabetic cat—I am very careful about my cat’s portions!—but I cared for my parents’ diabetic dog for a couple years before she died of acute kidney failure. My parents used to give their little dog dessert, a bowl of ice cream, potato chips, pretzels, all sorts of human food. She also ate all of their leftovers, resulting in her becoming grossly overweight. It made me angry, especially since they were unable/unwilling to test her blood sugar and give her the insulin shots she eventually needed to live. But I suppose their dog was just a reflection of how they themselves lived: both of my parents developed hypertension and type two diabetes in their 70s. I just wish the poor dog didn’t have to suffer something that could have been avoided, had her humans taken better care of her, and themselves.

    • Marc-André says:

      One of my best friends adopted her grandmothers cat that lived on rubbish like that from kittenhood. She managed to get the cat down to normal weight in the end but the cat never understood that she can jump and climb as her whole life she was too heavy for that. 🙀

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