6 Diet-Related Cat Diseases You Should Know

February 1, 2016

There are consequences to feeding our felines the wrong diet. Cats are vulnerable to several diseases related to what they eat.  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, so the only solution is to feed them a diet mostly of canned, or wet, cat food.

What Kitty eats can contribute 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.

Chronic renal failure occurs as a result of chronic dehydration. Avoid this with a diet of canned food. Dry kibble adds to the problem.

Dental Disease. Because most dry cat food is fairly high in carbohydrates, cats on 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 food and slowly eat away the tooth enamel.

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 can all 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 may well be linked to the animal’s diet. Allergic reactions to something in the food are 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.

Allergies. Many cats suffer allergic reactions to certain 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 in turn, 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 often contract other illnesses easily as their immune systems weaken.

There are steps you can take to prevent every single one 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 could 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.

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