More cats being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes

Male domesticated house cats are particularly at risk

"What you mean 'no more steak'?" (photo: iStock) “What you mean ‘no more steak’?” (photo: iStock)
March 16th, 2016 1:27 pm| by Christian W
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Apparently, it’s not just an increasing number of the world’s human population who are being diagnosed with diabetes. Our feline friends are also getting in on the act.

More and more cats are being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes because they are eating too much and not getting enough exercise. Today, upwards of every second cat is overweight and not active enough.

A report from animal insurance firm Agria Dyreforsikring showed that the groups most at risk are male domesticated house cats. Compared to pure-bred cats, domesticated cats had a 20 percent higher chance of developing diabetes, and the risk is twice as great among males compared to females.


“A cat that has been diagnosed with diabetes can be treated, but it can be an expensive affair,” said Sonja Karaoglan, the head of Agria Dyreforsikring.

“The treatment demands patience, special diets and, in most cases, insulin injections. So unfortunately, we see many people without animal insurance who choose to put their cats down.”

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The report revealed that certain breeds – the Sacred Birman, Russian Blue, Norwegian Forest Cat and Abyssinian – are considered high-risk breeds, while the Bengal, Birman, Persian, Ragdoll and British Shorthair are low-risk breeds.

A cat with diabetes will drink and urinate more than usual and tend to lose weight despite eating normally.

Tips for avoiding diabetes in your cat:


– Make sure your cat doesn’t become overweight

– Activate your cat so it gets plenty of exercise every day

– In some cases wet feed can be better than dry feed. Wet feed contains more water and can more quickly make the cat feel like it is full. But there is a greater risk of tartar accumulating on the cat’s teeth through a wet-feed diet

– Control what the cat eats. Give it portions of food rather than just constantly putting food out

– Avoid giving the cat the food you eat – your food often contains more fat and more carbohydrates than cat food