Fat cats wanted: Virginia Tech is working on a study to help cats lose weight

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Calling all fat cats and obese cat owners. Virginia Tech is working on a study that involves over weight felines and is looking for cats to participate in it.

Is your kitty cat a chunkster? If so @virginia_tech is looking for you! https://t.co/C0Jr1NxFux@ABC13Newspic.twitter.com/rOxABoQyXQ

— Annie Andersen (@Annie_Andersen) October 23, 2017

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is doing a study about individualized weight loss plans for kitties.

They said with cats, weight loss is pretty similar to humans, but they are studying how to go about that without losing motivation.

“”In order to lose weight you need to cut calories and and increase activity, so we’re looking at whether we can tweak different parts of those weight loss plans and maintain the quality of life for those cats that are on the weight loss plan.”

Mindy Quigley, clinical trials coordinator – Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

The veterinary school is still looking for 20 cats. Participating cats will receive free weight loss food and free monthly rechecks to monitor weight loss progress. If you think your tubby tabby could lose some weight, you can email felinenutrition@vt.edu or call 540-231-1775.

Our affiliate ABC 13 in Blacksburg, Virginia contributed to this story.

Source

https://www.circa.com/story/2017/10/24/science/fat-cats-wanted-virginia-tech-is-working-on-a-study-to-help-cats-lose-weight