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controlling feline obesity
2014-02-11 09:25:06

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Just as with people, feline obesity is most often linked to excessive food intake or not enough physical activity. Attempts to cut back on calories alone often result in failed weight loss or weight regain in both people and their pets. So how do you encourage your cat to get more exercise? Researchers from the University of Illinois interested in finding a method to maintain healthy body...

2013-04-12 13:20:41

According to the World Health Organization, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. And it´s not just humans who are packing on the pounds. Our furry companions are plagued by an obesity epidemic of their own. More than 50 percent of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. In a new paper on pet obesity in the Journal of Animal Science, University of Illinois professor of animal and nutritional sciences Kelly Swanson and his colleagues...

Cat Microbiomes Stem From Diet
2012-10-23 21:20:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online What grows in the gut, for animals and people, is affected by diet. Beginning at birth, gut microbial colonies, known as gut microbiome, start forming. The composition of these colonies plays a big part in how the immune system develops and is linked to the later onset of metabolic diseases such as obesity. Cats are carnivorous and common wisdom holds that the healthiest diet for them is one of high-protein. A new study from...

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2011-08-16 06:59:20

New parents have one more reason to pay attention to the oral health of their toothless babies. A recent University of Illinois study confirms the presence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries (ECC) in infant saliva. ECC is a virulent form of caries, more commonly known as tooth decay or a cavity. Cavities are the most prevalent infectious disease in U.S. children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "By the time a child reaches kindergarten, 40 percent...