Another "Fact O' the Day" borrowed from Dr. Pierson's magnificent catinfo.org site.
Takeaway? Dry kibble "light diets" are not the answer for a fat cat!
"Carbohydrates are minimally used for energy and those that are not used are converted to and stored as fat. The so called 'light' diets that are on the market have targeted the fat content as the nutrient to be decreased, but in doing so, the pet food manufacturers have increased the grain fraction, leading to a higher level of carbohydrates.
Hence, many overweight cats eating these diets are still obese. These 'light' diets are among the most species-inappropriate, unhealthy diets available to cat caretakers. Many caretakers feed very small amounts of these diets hoping that their cat will lose weight but feeding a small amount of a diet that is inappropriate for the species is NOT the answer! The caretaker simply ends up with a crabby, overweight cat."
Thanks, Doc Lisa.
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