Setting Cats Up for Success: Effective Weight Loss Strategies for Shelters

Room: St Laurent 6

Dr. Jackie Parr, Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist / Scientific Affairs Manager, Royal Canin Canada

Do you struggle to get cats and dogs to achieve slow, steady weight loss? Are you interested in new ways to manage multi-cat rooms to allow individual feeding? Do you need strategies to manage the amount of food being given by volunteers? Then this lecture is for you! Dr. Parr will provide game-changing tools to make your weight loss plans a success! She will also focus on the key nutrients to consider when selecting a diet for weight loss and the 10% rule when it comes to treats. 


  1. Two research studies have shown measuring cups are highly inaccurate for measuring dry food. Dr. Parr will discuss her passion for #BanTheCup.  
  2. Individual feeding is absolutely necessary to achieve weight loss. Dr. Parr will focus on how to individually feed group housed cats.
  3. Using an adult maintenance diet for weight loss can result in nutrient deficiencies. Dr. Parr will explain why and how to overcome this by using diets specifically designed for weight loss.

Dr. Parr, an Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) 2009 graduate, is a veterinary clinical nutritionist with Royal Canin Canada and adjunct faculty at the OVC. Dr. Parr completed her internship and residency at Angell Animal Medical Centre in Boston and a Master’s in biochemical and molecular nutrition at Tufts University. During her internship, Dr. Parr was awarded the Dr. Sharon Drellich Memorial Award for professionalism, collegiality and compassion. Dr. Parr returned to OVC in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2015 and is one of five board-certified veterinary nutritionists in Canada. She was awarded the OVC Young Alumnus Award in 2016. She continues to offer nutrition case consultations at Royal Canin Canada and has begun volunteering for Community Veterinary Outreach. She rebuilt the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition’s website ( in 2017 as part of her volunteer work with the organization. Her passions are teaching and social media. Dr. Parr has given numerous continuing education lectures at conferences and veterinary schools across Canada. She is known as the Kibble Queen on social media and blogs for Dr. Andy Roark through her personal company On Parr Nutrition, Inc. Dr. Parr enjoys watching hockey, lifting weights and spending time with her beloved Boston Terrier.