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Feature September 2013 Issue

What Appetite Changes Mean

A cat who eats voraciously may be at risk for obesity, which can lead to many health problems. But the finicky eater could have underlying health issues.

You’d think it would be relatively easy to spot when a cat’s appetite is flagging — or revving up. “If you have one cat, it’s fairly obvious when your cat is not eating the same amount of food,” explains Linda A. Ross, DVM, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “But the majority of cat owners live with more than one cat. When you live with…

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