I went to a seminar at Utrecht University last saturday (there were a lot of vets there because it qualified for study credits) and attended a lecture about type two feline diabetes, the lecturer told us current research shows there is a link between carbohydrates and obesity in felines (and between obesity and diabetes), dry food is laden with carbohydrates, so feeding dry food to a cat who has to lose weight makes little sense.[/QUOTE]
I find this very interesting. There have been similar studies with horses and Insulin Resistance (horses rarely get diabetes). We have an IR mare so I have been following that research closely. In doing so, I have been wondering if this can be a problem in an herbivore, how much bigger a problem could it be for an obligate carnivore like a cat. Do you know if there are any articles printed from the research presented at this seminar? I would love to read it.
On another note....I have been avidly reading all the "diet" posts and food type posts because half my cats are obese. Dieting however scares me because of the risk of hepatic lipidosis. I had a very young kitty die from it., and he was not obese, but not trim either. He didn't completely quit eating, but decreased it enough to start that horrible cycle and despite a feeding tube placement we were not able to save him.
My current vet is a stickler about fat animals, and if you have an overweight dog or horse you will get the "fat dog" or "fat horse" lecture every single time. He is NOT nice about it either,
and will expect a weight reduction or you get the bad owner lecture too! However with the cats he is very leary of the hazards, and said that getting them to lose weight safely is very difficult.
Does anyone else have concerns over this potential problem or had your vet caution you about it? Will going with a raw/canned/ high protein diet help reduce the risk of excess fat burning that will clog the liver?
Another question do you any of you know if your obese or overeaters were starved or malnourished as kittens? My four porkers were all very skinny, almost emaciated, when I got them. I am wondering if this predisposes them to be over eaters or having a metabolism that is stuck in "starvatin mode"?
I hope my quetions are not too off the original topic, nor a highjack of this thread. If so I hope admin will move this post.