Here’s a good reason for making sure your cats get some outdoor time. Among the feline diabetes risk factors: dry food and living strictly indoors. This news comes from a study by a Swedish pet insurance company and published by the Winn Feline Foundation.
Using a Web-based survey, the insurance company looked at 396 diabetic cats and 1670 control cats. Among the findings: The risk of feline diabetes increases for inactive and moderately active cats who live strictly indoors.
All of the cats in the study were the same age.
The cats least likely to develop diabetes: females, cats who are not overweight, cats who have access to outdoors and cats who free feed (but not dry food). Living with a dog helps, too!
Top Feline Diabetes Risk Factors
- A strictly indoor lifestyle
- “Greedy eaters,” as opposed to nibblers. The Winn Feline Foundation says this is also a new finding, and it could be where free feeding to lessen the risk of diabetes comes in.
- A history of repeated steroid injections.
Time, Inc. has a treat for your cat, and it’s not a magazine to curl up on while you’re trying to read.
In a departure from its usual business, the company recently launched PetHero, a paid subscription program that offers discounts and other benefits to people on the prowl for lower cat care costs.
While at first glance PetHero and Time may look like a mismatch, the media company is thinking its new venture could be a “purrfect” fit. When it dug through its consumer data, what jumped out was the number of people (about 100 million!) the company reaches who live with cats and dogs.
“PetHero was created to make it easier, more fun and more affordable for families to keep their pets happy and healthy,” executive vice president of consumer marketing and revenue Leslie Dukker Doty told Business Wire.
PetHero offers a 25 percent discount on vet bills; a lost pet concierge service to help recover lost companion animals; discounts on prescriptions, food and supplies and seasonal pet boxes filled with toys, treats and accessories. Of course, most cats would be happy to have just the empty box.
Membership in PetHero is $20 a month for one cat or dog. Add $5 a month for each additional animal.