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USA: Pet Diet Get Your Kitty to Slim Down

| Editor: Alexander Stark

A study from the University of Illinois explains how much it takes 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. It takes a long time.

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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.
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.
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Urbana/USA — Does your cat lay around all day, only getting up to eat and visit the litter box? Chances are, he’s overweight. Maybe you’ve switched to the “diet” cat food or tried feeding him less, but you might have noticed it’s not easy to get that weight off.

Kelly Swanson, Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at University of Illinois and his colleagues wanted to target a safe level of weight loss — enough to notice a change, but not enough to cause health problems.