April 2012 Issue

Obesity: A Major Health Risk

A reduced calorie diet can help most cats lose their excess weight. Here’s why it’s so important.

Obesity is a big problem for our beloved feline friends. Many serious health problems can result, such as arthritis, liver disease, heart failure and renal disease. And don’t think you’re the only one living with a fat cat. “There is no question that feline obesity is the number-one nutrition-related disorder in cats today,” Francis Kallfelz, DVM, the emeritus James Law Professor of Medicine (Nutrition) at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine,.” It is estimated, he notes, that 40 percent of all cats in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.

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