If your kitty is cuddlier than they should be your cat may be facing an increased risk of health issues. Carrying just a few extra ounces can make a big difference to your cat's overall health and longevity. Today our Clemmons vets explain how you can tell if you have an overweight cat.
Why does it matter if my cat is overweight?
Your cat's weight is likely not something you worry about, but weight is an important element of your cat's overall health.
Much like people, when your cat is carrying extra weight their risk of developing some serious and potentially life-threatening conditions increases dramatically. As little as a few excess ounces can have a significant effect on your cat's vitality and overall health.
What health risks are there for overweight cats?
If your feline friend is carrying extra weight they face an increased risk of developing one or more of the serious conditions listed below:
- Urinary tract infections
- Joint pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Skin problems
Is my cat overweight?
If you are wondering whether your cat might be overweight below are a few ways that you can tell.
Use Our Overweight Cat Chart
- Check out the illustrations on our overweight cat chart below to get a better understanding of your kitty's weight category, and whether your cat may be carrying an extra pound or two.
- A cat's body is perfectly designed for jumping. If it takes multiple tries for your cat to jump up onto their favorite piece of furniture, or if your cat gives up altogether, their weight could be the issue.
- While your cat is standing, look down at them from directly above. Try to spot a slight indent just above your cat's hips where their waist should be (this can be a bit tricky with long-haired cats). If you can't see their waist or if their sides are bulging it means that your kitty is probably carrying excess weight.
Can't Feel Your Cat's Ribs
- If your feline friend is at their correct weight you should be able to feel their ribs by running your hand along their chest. If you can't feel your cat's ribs, your cat may be overweight.
How can I help my cat to lose weight?
Your kitty's breed, age, and lifestyle all make a significant difference to their nutritional needs.
If you think that your cat may be overweight make an appointment to see your vet. Your veterinarian will assess your cat's current weight then let you know what your kitty's optimal weight is and how to help your cat reach their weight loss goals.
For cats that are just a little overweight, sticking to their regular food but reducing the size of each meal could get your pet's weight back within healthy parameters.
If your cat needs to lose a significant amount of weight, it may be best to switch your kitty over to a specialized food that is formulated to help with feline weight loss.
My cat is gaining weight for no reason. What should I do?
Has your cat has suddenly started to gain weight without cause? Then it's time to see your vet! Unexplained weight gain can be a symptom of an underlying health issue.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.
Is your cat overweight? Our Clemmons vets can help you to get your cat back to a healthier weight. Contact Animal Hospital of Clemmons today to book an examination for your feline friend.
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