Cat Diabetes and Obesity
You probably want the same thing for your feline loved ones as you do for your human loved ones: long, healthy, well-adjusted, and playful lives. Unfortunately, humans and cats also share a few major health problems, too. The two major problems that we share with cats come from being overweight and obese. Our Los Angeles veterinarian at Hancock Park Veterinary Clinic is here to help you curb your pets appetite!
Feline Obesity: A Growing Problem
According to 2014 statistics from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, nearly 60% of US cats are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, many pet owners overfeed and under-exercise their dogs and cats. They also may not know how to recognize the ideal weight for their pets.
Similar to humans, obesity in cats causes major health problems, and can severely impair a cat's energy, vitality, and quality of life. The most common problems associated with feline obesity include:
- Joint and bone problems, including osteoarthritis and ligament sprains or tears
- Cardiovascular-related diseases, including high blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Decreased life expectancy (by as much as 2.5 years)
Diabetes and Obesity in Cats
Feline diabetes is another major consequence of overweight and obesity. Similar to the effect in humans, female diabetes prevents a cat's body from properly making and/or using insulin (insulin is an important hormone that regulates blood sugar). When this happens, a cat's health can plummet significantly. The most common signs and symptoms of feline diabetes are:
- Excessive thirst
- Increased urination
- Increased appetite
- Weight loss
Any cat can develop diabetes, but it is most commonly found in older and overweight cats, and is more common in males. Untreated, diabetes can lead to severe and sometimes life-threatening problems, including skin and coat problems, liver disease, and weakness.
Treatment with Our Los Angeles Veterinarian
While diabetes isn't curable, it is treatable. Veterinarians provide medications and other resources to pet owners to help them properly manage their cat's diabetes. Additionally, veterinarians give valuable education and resources on how to prevent or reverse a cat's obesity problem.
Do you know your cat's ideal weight? Call our Los Angeles office today to schedule an appointment and ensure your cat's health is in line.