The American diet isn’t the healthiest diet in the world, which causes obesity among large numbers of Americans every year. Because so many Americans are overweight, they tend to overfeed their cats as well, making American cats just as obese as their owners.

Researchers from the University of Illinois tested a new feline diet that reduced the body weight of eight overweight cats to healthy levels over the course of 18 weeks. They did this by gradually reducing each cat’s food intake for eight consecutive weeks. Not surprisingly, a healthy diet can lower a cat’s weight just like a similar healthy diet could lower a human’s weight.

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