No Worries: Cats Naturally Eat Less in Summer

Take Appetite Swings in Stride




A study from the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science has found that cats naturally eat less during the summer, indicating that owners can take such appetite swings in stride.

The researchers studied 38 cats for four years. Their collars were implanted with a microchip that recorded the amount as they ate as much as they wanted from a dispenser. The team found that cats ate an average of 15 percent less in hot weather. Their eating decreased from June through August and increased from October to February. Eating levels were intermediate in the spring and fall.

Study author Dr. Alex German observed, “Cats are more inclined to comfort eat when it’s cold outside, likely to be due to the extra energy they need to keep warm when out and about.”

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Yoga Guide 2018

Natural Awakenings Celebrates Yoga Month

Deeper in to Qi With Jeff Primack

Qi Revolution comes to North Texas October 20th-22nd.

DFW Solar Tour Among Nation’s Largest

As part of the 20th annual National Solar Tour, the world's largest grassroots solar event, the DFW tour is among the largest in the nation. In total, more than 165,000 participants are expected to visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.

Yoga Can Help with Lyme Disease

One breathing technique to raise the immune system is called ujjayi pranayama.

Farm Conference Celebrates Robust Food and Farm Community

Small-scale farmers, local food producers, and fans of their products will gather in McKinney from October 14 through 16 for the 12th annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference on the state of the local food movement.

Add your comment: