If you have an overweight cat, you’ll need to cut its fat down through diet and exercise. Unfortunately, cats are often averse to exercising (much like many humans) so diet is the most reliable way to trim a cat’s excess weight. The question is how do you do it?

Researchers at the University of Illinois put eight overweight neutered male cats on a diet for 18 weeks. “The intent with this diet was a healthy weight loss: getting rid of fat while maintaining lean mass. The big question was how much does it take to make cats lose weight, especially lazy neutered males?” said Kelly Swanson, a professor in the department of animal sciences.

“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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