A new study has revealed some new purring skills on cats and their nutritional needs.
A new study by animal nutritionists at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, found that cats that ate one large meal each day could be happier and beg for less food than cats fed several smaller meals.
The findings were published in the journal PLOS One Friday.
Cats that ate only one meal a day had higher levels of three appetite-regulating hormones, which the researchers said made the animals happier. They also burned their fat stores and had more protein to build muscle.
The study looked at only eight domestic cats that were fed once a day and then fed four times a day for 21
“These findings may surprise the veterinary community and many cat owners who have been told that their animals need several small feedings a day,” said Adroni Verbruge, a professor and veterinarian at the University of Ontario’s Veterinary College at Guelph.
Prof. Adroni Verbruge said the findings “could surprise the veterinary community and many cat owners.”
Previous studies have only looked at the effects of feeding frequency on cats’ behavior and have not looked at cats to the same level, according to Kate Shoveler, a professor in the university’s biological sciences department.
“There was no good study to support the multi-meal approach a day that many owners hear, so we wanted to put real data behind current feeding recommendations to make sure they were suitable for cats,” she said in a statement. the press.
Schoveler compared the findings to studies in humans that showed “positive health results with periodic starvation and improved satiety,” as well as large cats in the wild that feasted on killing and rushing to their next.
“Physiologically, it makes sense that eating only once a day would be beneficial,” she said.
Verbrugghe said they plan to do more research, noting that “this approach may be useful in promoting satiety in some cats, [but] may not help another. “