A study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has found that a majority of both cats and dogs have a weight problem.

The study released this week found that 53 percent of cats and 55 percent of dogs were overweight or obese.

133 adult cats and 383 dogs were used in the study. Nearly a third of the cats were classified as overweight and almost 22 percent were deemed clinically obese. 35 percent of dogs were found to be overweight and just over 20 percent were obese.

This is the fourth year the APOP has conducted the study and researchers said they are seeing “a greater percentage of obese pets than ever before.”

Pets are deemed to be obese if their body weight is 30 percent greater than normal.

Click here for a Wall Street Journal article on the topic.

Photo Credit: Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital