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Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1994 Jun;18 Suppl 1:S22-8.

Overweight cats: prevalence and risk factors.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853.


Body condition was assessed by owners and veterinarians for over 2000 cats presented to 31 private veterinary hospitals in the Northeastern United States. Each owner completed a questionnaire querying potential factors associated with his/her cat's body condition. Veterinarians reported twenty-five percent of cats were overweight (heavy or obese), while owners estimated 29% of their pets were overweight. Apartment dwelling, inactivity, middle age, being male, neutered, of mixed breeding, and certain dietary factors were associated with being overweight.

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