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Study shows that smaller portions, more frequent meals could help cats slim down

Researchers from the University of Illinois are recommending that owners consider reducing their animals' meal portions and feeding them more frequently to increase energy and avoid unhealthy weight gain.Their recommendations are based on a study published in the February issue of the Journal of American Science, which tested multiple feeding methods to gauge their effects on the physical activity of cats.Kelly Swanson, animal sciences researcher at the University of Illinois, said the...

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2014 AAHA Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Communicating and implementing a weight management program for dogs and cats can be a challenging endeavor for veterinarians, but a rewarding one. An effective individualized weight loss program provides a consistent and healthy rate of weight loss to reduce risk of disease, prevent malnutrition, and improve quality of life. Weight loss is achieved with appropriate caloric restriction, diet selection, exercise, and strategies to help modify behavior of both the pet and client. This...

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