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Open Access Body Composition of Growing and Adult Cats as Measured by Use of Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry

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Background and Purpose: Total body scans were performed on 89 domestic cats of various ages, using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to determine body composition, including fat, lean, and bone mineral content. Bone mineral density results from scans also are presented.

Methods: This cross sectional study included data for cats from a closed colony and from privately owned cats. Data were grouped by age and were analyzed by sex and reproductive status to provide information as to the rate of growth of the individual components of body composition.

Results: The results indicate that the rate of accretion of bone mineral, fat, and lean tissue differs throughout maturation and by sex. Regressions are provided to highlight age- and sex-related differences.

Conclusions: The results of this study emphasize the benefits of examining the growth of each component of body composition when studying the effects of nutrition, disease processes, or therapeutic interventions.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-04-01

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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