Being overweight and leading a lazy lifestyle are two of the most common causes of diabetes. We all know that cats were born to be lazy – laying in the sunny spot all day long seems to be what they were made for! Some cats are more active by nature but most, especially as they get older do less and less, but they eat the same and they put on weight. Maintaining a healthy weight in your cat throughout its life is the best form of prevention. See here for tips on how to get your cat to lose weight and be more active.
Diabetes may also occur in cats as a secondary disease – i.e. secondary to another disease or to certain forms of drug therapy such as steroid treatment for skin conditions. Talk to your vet if you are concerned about these.
In some countries Burmese cats appear to be genetically predisposed to developing diabetes so make sure you research this if you are considering this breed in the future.