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Table 1 Body weight and body composition measurements in lean and obese cats before and after weight loss

From: Bacterial fecal microbiota is only minimally affected by a standardized weight loss plan in obese cats

Mean ± SDMean ± SDMean ± SD
BW (kg)4.49 ± 0.22a,c6.95 ± 1.32a,b6.30 ± 1.13b,c
BMI (kg/m2)41.58 ± 4.67a,c60.45 ± 12.05a,b55.61 ± 11.02b,c
Girth (cm)38.38 ± 3.79a,c52.12 ± 4.89a,b48.25 ± 5.55b,c
 Median (Min-Max)Median (Min-Max)Median (Min-Max)
BCS (1–9/9)5 (4 to 5)a,c9 (8 to 9)a,b8 (6 to 9)b,c
  1. OBWL obese before weight loss, OAWL obese after weight loss, BW body weight, BMI body mass index, BCS body condition score, SD standard deviation, Min minimum, Max maximum
  2. The data presented here represent the BW and body composition measurements of healthy lean cats (LEAN, n = 13) and obese cats following a 4-week adaptation period with a veterinary therapeutic food intended for weight loss and adult maintenance (OBWL, n = 17), and obese cats after a 10-week weight loss period on the same food (OAWL, n = 16)
  3. aSignificant difference between LEAN to OBWL (P < 0.0001for BW, girth, BMI and BCS); Student T-test (BW, BMI and girth) or Wilcoxon Mann-Whitney (BCS)
  4. bSignificant difference between OBWL to OAWL (P < 0.0001 for BW, girth and BMI; P = 0.001 for BCS); Paired T-test (BW, BMI and girth) or Wilcoxon Signed-Rank (BCS)
  5. cSignificant difference between LEAN to OAWL (P < 0.0001 for BW, girth, and BCS; P < 0.0002 for BMI); Student T-test (BW, BMI and girth) or Wilcoxon Mann-Whitney (BCS)