Werre and Shepherd publish in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
October 15, 2021
Lauren E. Dodd, Stephen R. Werre, and Megan L. Shepherd have published "Effect of food toys on owner-perceived quality of life of cats during a prescribed weight loss plan" in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
A total of 44 adult cats, 1 to 10 years of age with a body condition score (BCS) ≥ 7/9, were randomly assigned to the food toy or food bowl group. Cat owners completed an initial questionnaire and received a prescribed weight loss plan, bag of dry veterinary therapeutic cat food formulated for weight loss, measuring cup, and food bowl or ball-type food toy. Body weight and BCS were checked monthly. Owners completed a monthly questionnaire to assess their cat’s quality of life (QOL). Low-calorie vegetables were offered to 32 cats whose owners reported disruptive food-seeking behavior.
Learn more about the "fat cats" in this 2019 story from the veterinary college, "Feline weight-loss study."
Dodd earned both a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science from the college and is a former research associate in epidemiology in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Werre is assistant professor of research in the Department of Population Health Sciences, and Shepherd is a former assistant professor of clinical nutrition in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.