my cat has diabetes

As in humans, diabetes is often seen in overweight cats because fat cells produce a substance that decreases the body's response to insulin (as occurs in Type 2 diabetes).

In addition, diet plays a major role in maintaining the cat's proper weight and nutrition, both of which are key determining factors in diabetic patients. Because cats are designed to consume mostly proteins and fats for energy in their diets, high carbohydrate diets may lead to weight gain and increased incidence of diabetes in many cats.

Further, diabetes is more prevalent in older cats, neutered male cats and felines with a history of pancreatic disease, hormonal imbalances and use of certain medications.