Overweight cats: prevalence and risk factors

Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1994 Jun:18 Suppl 1:S22-8.


Body condition was assessed by owners and veterinarians for over 2000 cats presented to 31 private veterinary hospitals in the Northeastern United States. Each owner completed a questionnaire querying potential factors associated with his/her cat's body condition. Veterinarians reported twenty-five percent of cats were overweight (heavy or obese), while owners estimated 29% of their pets were overweight. Apartment dwelling, inactivity, middle age, being male, neutered, of mixed breeding, and certain dietary factors were associated with being overweight.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animal Feed
  • Animals
  • Breeding
  • Castration / veterinary
  • Cat Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cats
  • Cattle
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • New England / epidemiology
  • Nutritional Status
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Obesity / veterinary*
  • Prevalence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires