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Feline obesity: activity levels & feeding frequency

Deng P, Grant RW, Swanson KS. Physical activity level of adult cats with varied feeding frequency. Br J Nutr 2011;106 Suppl 1:S166-169.
There are more than a few reasons for obesity in cats, not the least of which are low activity levels and overconsumption of food. These researchers investigated the effect that frequency of feeding had on the activity level of cats to answer the question: Will feeding more frequently increase activity levels? Twelve healthy adult cats were fed 2 meals per day for one month and then 4 meals per day for another month. The amount of food provided was sufficient to maintain the cats’ current body weight. Activity levels were measured with activity monitors on the cats’ collars. Daily average activity levels were not different when the cats were fed more frequently – back to the drawing board! [MK]

See also: German AJ. The growing problem of obesity in dogs and cats. J Nutr 2006;136:1940S-1946S. [Free full text article]