Another Fat Cat At Risk Of Getting Cat Diabetes
A few weeks ago we featured Meow an overweight cat that had been brought into an animal sanctuary because its owner could no longer keep him and we have now heard of another fat cat at risk of getting cat diabetes. Unfortunately Meow died a few weeks later, however, a cat called Garfield who weighed in at 40lbs appears to be faring a little better on his diet. He was brought in to a sanctuary in new York because his owner had passed away.
“Proving fat cats aren’t just in Washington, a 40-lb. kitty named Garfield was recently brought to an animal rescue shelter in New York.
Staff at the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, N.Y., said they were “immediately smitten” with the tubby tabby when it was brought in May 31 after its caregiver died.
But the larger-than-life feline, which is currently in a foster home, could suffer a number of health issues, the animal rescue’s vice-president, Mark Verdino, said in a release.
“People often think that an obese animal is not in physical danger, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Verdino said. “Just like with humans, too much weight can cause serious health problems. It leads to diabetes, heart disease, joint, bone and ligament damage, high blood pressure, intolerance to heat and more.”
He also noted cats only eat what they’re given, so if a cat is obese, it’s because it’s being fed too much.
Staff have been monitoring Garfield’s food intake and he’s already lost five pounds.”
The second to last sentence says it all really. It’s not the cats fault that it is fat. The cat is obese because it’s being fed too much, and I would add probably being fed the wrong food as well. If you read previous posts about diet and cat diabetes, you will realise that cat obesity, as in humans, is a precursor to a host of illnesses, including cat diabetes. So to prevent your cat from becoming another fat cat at risk of getting cat diabetes, always stay away from dry food and feed your cat a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, that is as close to nature as possible.