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Table 2 Prevalence of feline health disorders as reported by participants in the “Pet Health and Wellbeing” survey, with comparison between cats fed different diets

From: A cross-sectional study of owner-reported health in Canadian and American cats fed meat- and plant-based diets

Health disorder Total MB PB PB+MB/H
n = 1208 % n = 667 % n = 117 % n = 139 %
Cardiac disease 26 2.2 17 2.6 2 1.7 20 0
Dental disease 208 17 131 20 21 18 16 11.5
Dermatopathy 137 11 82 12 12 10.3 13 9.4
Endocrinopathy 38 3.2 24 3.6 3 2.6 3 2.2
GI and hepatic diseases 126 10 90 13 3 2.6 11 7.9
Lower urinary tract disease 132 11 74 11 13 11 12 13
Neoplasia 21 1.7 10 1.5 2 1.7 4 2.9
Neurological 19 1.6 15 2.3 3 2.6 0 0
Obesity 100 8 64 9.6 7 6.0 9 6.5
Ocular disorders 57 5 39 5.9 4 3.4 1 0.7
Renal disease 42 3 31 4.7 1 0.9 2 1.4
  1. MB meat-based, PB plant-based, PB+MB/H plant-based with animal-derived treats/snacks/supplements and/or ability to hunt
  2. Numbers of cats per category may not add up to total due to non-responders and indeterminable diet type. No statistically significant differences were detected