Alice, an 8-year-old domestic cat, was given up because her owners could not combat the effects of the dangerous 24 pounds she had become, according to a news report . She received the much-needed care at the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA).
The RISPCA veterinary health care team members, along with Amy Karls, DVM, practice development veterinarian at Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc., helped Alice get on a successful weight management regimen. Her caloric intake was restricted, and she was fed Hill's Prescription Diet m/d Feline petfood. Now she is down to 14 pounds and has been adopted.
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