Healthy Weight Loss Goes Slowly


Your cat weighs 20 pounds and should weigh 15. You put him on a weight-management plan that you worked out with the vet, but he’s only losing a tenth of a pound a week. At this rate, it’s going to take him an entire year to lose the excess 5 pounds. What’s wrong?

Nothing. That’s a perfectly reasonable rate of weight loss for a cat. In fact, losing more than 2 percent of his body weight per week (more than four tenths of a pound for a cat starting at 20 pounds) can put him at risk for seriously ill health, in addition to causing more muscle loss than fat loss.


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