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Yes, Your Overweight Cat Needs Very Small Portions to Trim Down

Yes, Your Overweight Cat Needs Very Small Portions to Trim Down

What upsets cat owners most are the tiny amounts of food, not the very gradual weight loss.

You might think what bothers cat owners when the vet puts their pet on a weight-management plan is the slow rate of weight loss the doctor sometimes recommends. Indeed, cats who should be thinner for their health can lose weight at a very modest rate — from only 0.5 up to a more aggressive 2 percent of body weight per week. For a 20-pound cat who should lose 5 pounds, that means an eating regimen that could result in as little as one tenth of a pound a week.

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