2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
The alarm of the increase of obese cats comes from America, after a careful study where about 19 million cats were weighed. The data is quite impressive and researchers are developing a way to decrease this high rate feline obesity.
According to a recent study, in the world there would be a high rate of obesity among humans. The numbers speak for themselves: about 603 million people are at high risk of obesity and about 107 million children are affected by it. Somewhat worrying data and which do not concern only humans, but which also extend to the feline species. In fact, according to a study conducted and published on the "Journal Of American Veterinary Medical Association", the number of obese cats is on a worrying rise.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers led by Theresa Bernardo and Adam Campigotto, who highlighted how the obesity rate increased by about 24% in cats and by about 19% in male cats. Somewhat alarming data for the health same of felines that can run into various health problems such as diabetes, arthrosis, heart disease, without forgetting a higher incidence of developing cancer.
These percentages were obtained by analyzing more than 45 million weight detection in cats residing between the United States and Canada. Several highlights have been extrapolated from it that they put in alarm researchers:
- Over a 10-year period, neutered cats have significantly increased their weight compared to their predecessors
- sterilization and neutering leads cats to greatly increase their "ideal" weight
- up to the age of eight cats steadily gain weight, and this factor makes owners unable to immediately realize if the cat is becoming obese.
They also realized that feline obesity is very often ignored or not captured by the owners essentially for two reasons: the cats are taken to the vet less frequently compared to dogs and the important fur they are surrounded by tends to camouflage the real body of the cat
Also in Italy, overweight cats are increasing dramatically and it is estimated that around half of cats are at risk of obesity. The fault of one too sedentary life and meals containing too much calories, which are not properly divided by the owners.
It is important, in order not to run into serious problems that can compromise the life of our furry friend, to try to balance his daily diet and above all to allow him to move by providing him with games that stimulate his instincts from explorer.
Going back to the American search, researchers are trying to find one solution to the problem and are planning a automatic dispenser to dispense food in the necessary quantities.
We conclude by saying that these data are very worrying and that it is necessary to intervene as soon as possible to remedy the problem. What do you think about it?
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