The authors wish to thank all owners and their cats for participating in the study. The study was funded by Royal Canin. Royal Canin manufactured the diets used in the present study. V. B. is an employee of Royal Canin, while P. J. M. is an employee of Mars Petcare Inc. Royal Canin also financially supported the posts of A. J. G. and S. L. H., at the University of Liverpool. All of these authors were involved in the study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, in the writing of the manuscript, and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
The study was based upon a project conducted by G. D., as part of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science. A. J. G., P. J. M. and V. B. proposed the research questions; S. L. H. and A. J. G. recruited all cases; G. D. and S. L. H. conducted the follow-up for all cats; G. D. collated and analysed the data under supervision of A. J. G.; G. D. produced the first draft of the manuscript, which was subsequently edited by A. J. G., and then S. L. H., P. J. M. and V. B. This work was performed at School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston, Wirral CH64 7TE, UK.
This paper was published as part of the WALTHAM International Nutritional Sciences Symposium Proceedings 2013, publication of which was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Mars Incorporated. The papers included in these proceedings were invited by the Guest Editor and have undergone the standard journal formal review process. They may be cited.
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