Feline obesity : consequences and nutritional management

Appleton, Delisa J (2004). Feline obesity : consequences and nutritional management PhD Thesis, School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Appleton, Delisa J
Thesis Title Feline obesity : consequences and nutritional management
School, Centre or Institute School of Veterinary Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr. Jacquie Rand
Total pages 279
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subjects L
300403 Animal Nutrition
780105 Biological sciences
Formatted abstract

The studies in this thesis have fulfilled the aims of providing significant new information in the area of feline obesity. Firstly, suitable metabolic tests were standardised, and then used to assess the health implications of feline obesity for cats and secondly, areas of potential nutritional management were investigated. New information includes standardization of test protocols and establishment of reference values for cats, development of a simple method for clinicians to assess the insulin sensitivity status of cats, identification of risk factors for the development of glucose intolerance in cats, outlining the consequences of obesity on glucose and insulin homeostasis, plasma leptin concentrations, haematological and serum biochemical parameters and finally, analysis of the effects of certain nutritional manipulations in normal and obese cats. It is hoped that these studies will be of clinical benefit to veterinarians and cat owners, and most importantly, improve the health and well-being of cats. 

Keyword Obesity in animals
Obesity in animals -- Prevention
Nutritionally induced disorders in animals
Cats -- Nutrition
Cats -- Diseases -- Diet therapy

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