Fat companions: understanding the welfare effects of obesity in cats and dogs

Sandøe, P., Corr, S. and Palmer, C. (2014) Fat companions: understanding the welfare effects of obesity in cats and dogs. In: Dilemmas in Animal Welfare. CABI: Wallingford, pp. 28-45. ISBN 9781786390639 (doi: 10.1079/9781780642161.0028)

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Overfeeding is arguably the most significant feeding-related welfare problem for companion animals in developed countries. From an animal welfare perspective, the amount fed presents a dilemma between avoiding feelings of hunger and maximizing animal health. This chapter will not only focus on the effects of overfeeding on the welfare of the affected animals but also on how the problem is brought about via animals' companionship with humans. Based on studies of the relationship between humans and their companion animals, a number of social and psychological factors can be uncovered that contribute to dogs and cats becoming overweight or obese. These factors may be viewed as barriers to preventing dogs and cats from maintaining a body weight that does not compromise their health and welfare. In the final section of the chapter, the importance of overcoming these barriers is discussed and ways of tackling such barriers are suggested.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Corr, Sandra
Authors: Sandøe, P., Corr, S., and Palmer, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
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