Sad news today. My assistant is not well and is at the vet’s having tests done but it seems likely that the problem is diabetes. Thankfully, much can be done these days but her life will never be the same.
We’ve spent the day researching. One thing that stands out a mile is that there has been a huge increase in cat diabetes in line with the huge increase in the popularity of dry foods. It seems that most of these foods contain a lot of plant material, particularly cereals. Considering that cats are exclusively carnivorous that would seem to be the reason for the diabetes. I checked the packaging of the Science Plan that Smartie lives on and there it is: rice, maize and vegetable oil. No percentage is mentioned but doubtless it’s in large quantity to fill the bag cheaply.
It’s the old story. The providers of these cat foods have loyalty only to their shareholders, not to the cats. I feel a thunderous anger rising. Someone may have their gizzard forcibly removed before I’m done.
This is the second cat of mine that has developed diabetes. When it happened to the first one, injections of insulin were not given for small animals; the only treatment was a dietary one and my poor Lily would not touch the food provided. The outcome, as you may imagine, was a tragic one. She too, was fed Science Plan. It didn’t occur to me then to associate the food with the illness.
I would say if you are feeding dry food to your cat, stop it NOW! Find a food that is composed entirely of meat, or is at least low carbohydrate, high-protein.