6 Diet-Related Diseases Every Cat Owner Should Beware

What a cat eats can cause or prevent some illnesses.Cats are vulnerable to several diet-related diseases. There are consequences to feeding our feline friends the wrong diet.  With knowledge the key to prevention, perhaps knowing about these 6 diet-related medical conditions will guide you in selecting the correct food for your pet.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and Kidney Stones.

Crystals and stones occur far too often in cats, usually because they don’t consume enough liquids in their diets and live with chronic dehydration. Many felines just don’t drink water, and the only solution is to feed them a diet mostly of canned, or wet, cat food.

What Kitty eats contributes to the formation of stones. Changes in the formulation of many commercial dry cat foods have increased the acidity in a cat’s urine, adding to the problem, and renal failure occurs as a result of chronic dehydration. Avoid this with a diet of canned food. Dry kibble just creates more trouble for a cat with a tendency for UTI’s and kidney stones.

Dental Disease.

Because most dry cat food is fairly high in carbohydrates, cats solely eating a dry diet are subject to dental infections, rotting teeth and gum disease. Acid producing bacteria in the animal’s mouth feast on those carbs from the food and slowly eat away the tooth enamel. Again, adding canned commercial food to Kitty’s meals will help prevent dental disease.

Chronic Digestive Issues.

If your cat suffers from this ailment, you know what a nightmare it can be for you and your pet. Vomiting, diarrhea and/or constipation wreak havoc on Kitty’s digestive system and on your carpets, if your pet misses the litter box.

When an irritable digestive system occurs, it could be linked to the animal’s diet. Allergic reaction to some ingredient in the food is often the culprit or it could be a bacterial infection. See your veterinarian for help in solving this problem.

Obesity.

Excess weight is often caused by a diet too high in carbohydrates. Obese cats are subject to arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. Always include your veterinarian when placing a cat on a calorie-restricted diet.

Allergies.

Many cats suffer allergic reactions to specific ingredients in their diet. Corn is often to blame, as are other grains.

Diabetes.

Far too many felines suffer from this horrible disease. The high amount of carbs in dry cat food add to weight gain which raises blood sugar levels. Yes, cats can be treated with daily insulin injections and an expensive veterinarian-approved diet, but Kitty’s life-span is likely to be shortened, and diabetic cats easily contract other illnesses as their immune systems weaken. Prevention is a better option.

Take steps to prevent each of those diseases. Pay attention to Kitty’s diet. Consider switching her to an entirely wet food diet. If you must feed her dry kibble, select it carefully to be certain the ingredients fit your pet’s needs and that the ingredients don’t contain anything that would cause the problems you are trying to avoid.  Work in a healthy portion of wet food and decrease the amount of the dry kibble you feed your cat. Before making any changes in your pet’s diet, discuss this with your veterinarian.

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