Effect of ovariohysterectomy on maintenance energy requirement in cats.

  title={Effect of ovariohysterectomy on maintenance energy requirement in cats.},
  author={M F Flynn and Elizabeth M. Hardie and Peter J Armstrong},
  journal={Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association},
  volume={209 9},
OBJECTIVE To determine whether maintenance energy requirement (MER) to maintain stable body weight (BW) is substantially lower for spayed female cats than for sexually intact female cats and to assess whether an equation commonly used to estimate MER would accurately predict caloric need in spayed cats. DESIGN Prospective study. ANIMALS 10 spayed and 5 sham-operated young adult female cats. PROCEDURE During an acclimatization period, initial daily food allowance was determined by… CONTINUE READING

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