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The Thai Journal of Veterinary Medicine

Abstract

A cross-sectional study aimed to estimate the prevalence and to investigate the characteristics of overweight/obese cats visiting an animal hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Electronic medical records of feline patient visiting the Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Chulalongkorn University between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 were reviewed. The cat’s information included age, breed, sex, neutering status and body condition score. Associated demographic factors and overweight/obesity using idealweight as a reference was performed by logistic regression. The prevalence of feline overweight/obesity was 8.1% (95%CI: 7.4% - 8.9%). From the multivariable logistic regression, age, sex, neutering status, breed and interaction of age and neutering status were significantly associated with being overweight/obese. Male (OR = 2.18, 95%CI: 1.72, 2.78), neutered cats had higher odds of being overweight. Among neutered cats, the odds of being over-weight increased with advancing age. The result of the study indicated that the overweight/obesity problem in cat is not uncommon. The risk factors identified from the study can help veterinarians in managing and preventing the risk of overweight/obesity in cats and educating owners of high-risk cat to aware of overweight/obesity-related disease.

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