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The Effect of Feeding Frequency on Appetite-Regulating Hormones, Amino Acid Response, Activity, Energy Expenditure, and Respiratory Quotient in Cats

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dc.contributor.advisor Verbrugghe, Adronie
dc.contributor.advisor Shoveller, Anna Kate
dc.contributor.author Camara, Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-10T15:48:35Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-24T05:00:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2019-09
dc.date.created 2019-05-24
dc.date.issued 2019-09-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17412
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigated the effects of feeding frequency on plasma appetite-regulating hormones (ghrelin, GIP, GLP-1, leptin, and PYY), insulin, amino acids, and whole blood glucose in adult cats. In addition, activity, energy expenditure and respiratory quotient were assessed. Cats eating once daily had increased postprandial concentrations of amino acids, ghrelin, GIP, GLP-1, insulin, and PYY, whereas leptin and glucose did not differ. Activity was greater in cats consuming four meals. Fasting respiratory quotient was lower in cats eating one meal. Cats fed once daily consumed less food than cats fed more frequently. These results suggest feeding cats fewer meals over a longer period of time could cause weight loss as cats may be more satiated and are prone to consume less calories when fed fewer meals. Cats fed intermittently could have greater protein synthesis due to greater postprandial concentrations of amino acids and insulin. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject cats en_US
dc.subject feeding frequency en_US
dc.title The Effect of Feeding Frequency on Appetite-Regulating Hormones, Amino Acid Response, Activity, Energy Expenditure, and Respiratory Quotient in Cats en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Clinical Studies en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Clinical Studies en_US
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