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Have a fat lazy cat? It might not be the weight dragging them down.

A fat lazy cat will stay a lazy cat even once it loses weight researchers from the University of Illinois say in their findings on feline weight loss.
A fat lazy cat will stay a lazy cat even once it loses weight researchers from the University of Illinois say in their findings on feline weight loss.

A fat lazy cat will stay a lazy cat even once it loses weight researchers from the University of Illinois say in their findings on feline weight loss.

Researchers found that in order for the cats in the study to achieve weight loss, the researchers had to continue to reduce the felines’ food intake even as they lost weight.

“That’s a key point. When we go on a diet ourselves, we might lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks and then hit a road block. Same with these animals. We had to keep going down, but it can be hard to convince a pet owner to do that,” said Kelly Swanson, professor in human nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences. “We got really low, but we were monitoring them so they were healthy.”

The eight cats, all neutered males, were kept together and monitored for activity and food intake for 18 weeks.

“Their activity level didn’t change much,” Swanson says. “Toward the end, they were becoming a little more active, but not statistically.”

Swanson said he expects the weight loss to lead to other health benefits, such as lower inflammation, but is waiting on more results before declaring that.

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