I came across this the other day and felt I had to do a follow up post. Its about Feline Diabetes. Here's a link to the article and an excerpt:
About Feline Diabetes and Gum Disease
By Amanda Thompson
Cats with diabetes or periodontal disease are both at risk for developing gingivitis-stomatitus. Feline gum disease, also known as periodontal disease is a disease of the tissues that surround and support a cat's teeth. In cats, it is the most common oral condition. Most cats over 2 years of age suffer from some form of this disease. Feline diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus is a disease caused by a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to insulin.
Symptoms of Feline Diabetes
A cat with diabetes may experience weight loss, increased thirst, increased urination, weakness or lethargy. In addition, she may have a poor coat.
Causes of Feline Diabetes
Some cats are more prone to developing diabetes than others. Pet Place notes, "Risk factors for diabetes mellitus include obesity, recurring pancreatitis, Cushing's disease, and drugs such as glucocorticoids and progestagens that antagonize insulin."
Your probably shocked and wondering how a feline can develop diabetes?
That's an easy one to answer. Feed the cat sugar. What isn't so easy to answer is why cat food manufacturers put sugar in their products to cause diabetes?
Cats are carnivores. They live on meat. Their digestive systems are designed to work with meat. If you start putting other non-flesh products into their bodies, they will develop problems.
I the wilds of Africa and Asia, wild cats of all sizes live on meat. They kill and consume flesh.
Here in the enlightened West, we buy tins of cat food which contain as little as 4% meat. These are top brand names, such as Whiskas, ...
Check out the ingredients on ur tin of cat food. I tried, but none were listed. In the UK where I live, ya have to list ALL ingredients on any product sold for human consumption. (includes drinks). But when it comes to animals, the ingredients are a little harder to ascertain.
Here's a list of ingredients in a Whiskas product, listed by weight:
WHISKAS® MEATY SELECTIONS
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA/BHT), Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour, Rice, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Turkey By-product Meal, Caramel Color, Calcium Carbonate, dl-Methionine, Taurine, Trace Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), White Fish Meal, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol)
Ingredients are listed by weight, which basically means how much of it is in the food. What's the first ingredient?
Ground Yellow Corn - Corn? We're feeding our obligate carnivores a diet made up mostly of CORN now? Oh geez. Not to mention that corn is a common pet food allergen and generally a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food, let alone as the FIRST ingredient!
Chicken By-product Meal - A meal means that the water has been removed. It's been dehydrated. That's fine. However, by-products are /not/ fine. By-products can mean anything that isn't meat... including beaks, feet, and feathers. Yuck!
Corn Gluten Meal - More corn products!?
Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA/BHT) - Animal fat. They don't even tell us what animal it's from! And it's preserved with synthetic preservatives that have been linked to cancer!
I won't go into the rest of the ingredients, but we have more LOW QUALITY grains (wheat is another common pet food allergen!), and some more by-products.
Here's a link to where I found this info:
Whiskas as a brand is owned by the mars corporation. They are confectioners. Sugar. Chocolate. Think they have your cats health at heart?
Cats are not designed to consume corn-by-products or any other grains. Their digestive systems cannot handle all the sugar. Cats and dogs like humans are heading fast-track down the diabetes highway.
If you love your cat (or dog), give them meat. Go to the local butcher and buy scraps. That's what evolution built them on. Yeah meat. Sounds strange, but thats the way it works. Cats and dogs are carnivores. They live on the flesh of other animals. Not corn-syrup or wheat-by-products. Stop feeding your cat the tinned cat-food garbage and give them meat.
Cats develop diabetes in exactly the same way humans do, too much sugar in the blood. The pancreas can't keep up and quits. To fix the problem, reduce blood sugar and the disease will go away. You don't need all that insulin if your carb or sugar intake is low. Meat and fats contain zero carbohydrates. Your pancreas will be eternally grateful.
Then there's all that nonsense about dried cat food being good for their teeth, and how it cleans cats teeth. What? After eating corn chips, potato chips, how clean do your teeth feel? NOT!
Here's a link to a site dedicated to cat diabetes. They peddle the same solution as the medical profession does for humans. Take drugs and have a crap life.
They also peddle the same nonsense. Weight-gain causes diabetes. What? Try the inverse. Diabetes causes weight-gain. And the reason you get weight-gain is cos of all the insulin.
Google cat diabetes and you'll see how commonplace it is.
Cats in the wild DO NOT GET DIABETES. Diabetes is a disease of civilisation.
Just about done. But will probably update this in a few days when I get time.