Feline diabetes cases have increased by over 130 percent in the space of just one year, according to data from Argos Pet Insurance.
Overweight felines are at higher risk from developing the form of the disease that is most commonly caused by obesity and advancing age.
78 percent of UK vets reported a steady rise in pet obesity in the last two years, UK pet owners are being urged to watch their pets’ weight.
Diabetes is now costing the UK’s cat owners an average of £1,880 each in vet bills, more than triple the cost from a year ago.
Maia Boylla, product manager at Argos Pet Insurance, says: “The fact that the number of cats being treated for diabetes has more than doubled over the last year is a worrying indicator of increased pet obesity in the UK. This is a big eye opener for cat owners, as many probably don’t realise just how much damage can be done from a few too many treats.”
Other factors that can contribute to the development of diabetes in cats include old age, neutering and a generally inactive lifestyle.
Resident veterinary consultant for Argos Pet Insurance, Andrew Moore, says: “Diabetes is more common in middle-aged and older cats. Overweight and neutered cats are also at greater risk of the disease, which is commonly linked to obesity and an inactive lifestyle.
“Symptoms of diabetes include increased urination, increased thirst, increased appetite and unexplained weight loss. It can be treated with medication or injections, but to minimise the risk of the disease, owners should take steps to keep their cats fit and healthy.”