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Changes in the body composition of cats during weight reduction by controlled dietary energy restriction
  1. R. F. Butterwick, BSc, PhD1 and
  2. P. J. Markwell, BSc, BVetMed, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Waltham-on-the-Wolds, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 4RT


Thirteen overweight domestic short-haired cats were fed a commercial low calorie diet for 18 weeks at an energy intake to lose weight; they lost an average of 18.1 per cent of their starting weight. An evaluation of their body composition by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry before and after the study suggested that most of the weight lost was composed of fat. The cats' lean bodyweight did not change significantly, but increased as a proportion of total bodyweight.

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