Overweight Cats Risk Disease And Premature Death, Cornell Study Finds

are thin animals to begin with.

  • Cats eating some prescription diets for conditions other than weight are more likely to be overweight. That is because many prescription diets contain more calories in the same volume of food that the cat is accustomed to eating, Scarlett said. "Prescription diets tend to be caloric-dense, and if you feed them the same way you feed grocery store cat food, the cats will gain weight."

  • Inactive cats that get virtually no exercise are 16 times more likely to be obese.

    The veterinarians were surprised to find cats putting on extra weight so early in life. By one year of age, some 15 percent of cats in the survey were already overweight. And by two years of age, nearly 20 percent had landed in the "heavy" or "obese" categories.

    Results of the 2,000-cat obesity study were reported in the International Journal of Obesity (Vol. 18 Supplement 1, 1994). Results of the follow-up study will be presented at the Eighth Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics July 8-11 in Paris.

    Tips for cat weight-watchers

    James R. Richards, D.V.M.

    Director, Feline Health Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

    • Schedule regular weigh-ins at your veterinarian's office. Veterinarians have scales that are sensitive enough to pick up slight changes in weight in an 8- to 15-pound animal, changes that are very important when we're trying to see if our attempts to get weight off the kitty are effective. Just like going to Weight Watchers meetings for humans, there is a motivational factor in regular weigh-ins.

    • Make sure the cat is eating what he's supposed to eat and nothing but. Avoid those calorie-rich snacks.

    • Ask your veterinarian if a special weight-reduction diet is appropriate for your cat.

    • Don't go overboard. Too rapid a loss in weight can have detrimental health eff

    Contact: Roger Segelken
    Cornell University News Service

    Page: 1 2 3 4

    Related biology news :

    1. Disease diagnosis, drug development focus of UH profs biochip research
    2. Disease-resistant papaya saves Hawaiian papaya industry
    3. APS Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Translational Research Conference, Sept. 8-11
    4. 1st International Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
    5. Disease threatens cucumbers, pumpkins, and other vine crops
    6. Disease-fighters in our mouths provide clues to enhancing the immune system
    7. International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
    8. NIH establishes Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network
    9. Shedding Light on Disease: A Briefing for Journalists
    10. Disease-causing genetic mutations in sperm increase with mens age
    11. World Congress on Huntingtons Disease to meet in Toronto, August 16-19, 2003

  • Post Your Comments:
    (Date:10/5/2015)... -- http://soundview.co ) releases the ... NXTD ), a biometric authentication company focused on ... ) releases the following market and company ... biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce ... ) releases the following market and company ...
    (Date:9/30/2015)... , Sept. 30, 2015  The global glucose monitoring device ... 2015. So says a new report on the industry from ... segment dominate the market, followed by continuous glucose monitoring and ... on the market for these products in its latest report, ... , ...
    (Date:9/28/2015)... 28, 2015 The global ... USD 12.03 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR ... as Backside Illumination (BSI) technique to improve picture quality ... period.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757) , ... to reduce loss and, thus, reduce the noise interference ...
    Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
    (Date:10/8/2015)... BALTIMORE, Maryland , October 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... http://www.GoldmanResearch.com .   --> Goldman ... specializing in the small cap and microcap sectors, ... sponsored research report on PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (OTCQB ... company focused on developing and preparing treatments for ...
    (Date:10/8/2015)... 8, 2015  The ALS Association, in partnership with ... Challenge to revolutionize communication technology solutions for people living ... ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative ... and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose ... often leads to total paralysis and death within two ...
    (Date:10/8/2015)... ... , ... Talon Innovations, a provider of Precision Machined Products and ... is one of three finalists for the Minnesota Business magazine’s Manufacturing Award in the ... Innovations was recognized as a nominee for this competitive award. , The “Best ...
    (Date:10/7/2015)... 7, 2015 Boston Scientific (NYSE: ... the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge , an ... use of remote patient monitoring to enhance patient care.  ... can submit their ideas and collaborate on solutions through ... Cambridge, MA where they ...
    Breaking Biology Technology:
    Cached News: