Dating an overweight cat
Overweight and actually obese cats outnumber cats of normal weight and are being seen more and more commonly by veterinarians for various disorders.
In fact, obesity in cats can predispose the cat to diabetes, However, putting a cat on a diet or weight loss plan needs to be approached very carefully.
It takes a long time,” says Kelly Swanson, a Professor at the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois.
Keeping a pet on a diet can be more difficult than with a human.
Researchers report that their level of activity hasn’t changed significantly over the course of the diet. Andrei's background is in geophysics, and he's been fascinated by it ever since he was a child.
Researchers emphasize that it’s also important to ensure that your cats are active by playing with them and placing food bowls farther away from favorite resting spots. Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science -- and the results are what you see today.
Not on themselves, but on their beloved furry pets.The big question was how much does it take to make cats lose weight, especially lazy neutered males?It turns out you have to keep reducing their food intake because they’re not very active.The body releases too much fat, and the liver gets bogged down. “We targeted a 1.5 percent body weight loss per week, which falls in line with the range (0.5-2 percent per week) suggested by the American Animal Hospital Association.”So the first goal is to achieve a 1.5% body weight loss per week, and in order to do this, pet owners should reduce food intake by 20 percent compared to a maintenance diet. The key to the sustained weight loss was the constant, small reduction of food.“That’s a key point.
When we go on a diet ourselves, we might lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks and then hit a road block. We had to keep going down, but it can be hard to convince a pet owner to do that.
So food acquisition has always been accompanied by physical exertion to capture (or cultivate) and consume the food.