Your adorable kitty may be big and cuddly, however even a few extra pounds can make a big impact in your cat's physical and long-term health. Read what our Tracy vets have to say about overweight cats and how to tell if your feline companion is carrying extra weight.
Why Your Cat's Weight Is Important
You are likely not worried about your cat's weight however, it is an important part and key player in your kitty's overall health.
When your cat is carrying extra pounds it increase their risk of getting a handful of serious and possibly life-threatening conditions. Just a few extra pounds can significantly impact your cat's overall health and vitality.
Health Risks For Overweight Cats
If your furry friend has excess weight on them they have an increased risk of developing one or more of the following serious conditions:
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin problems
- Joint pain
- Chronic inflammation
How To Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight
Struggling to Jump
- A cat's body is designed perfectly for jumping. If it takes your kitty multiple attempts to jump up onto their favorite piece of furniture, or if your cat gives up altogether, their weight might be the issue.
Check Your Cat's Waistline
- When your cat is standing, look down at them from directly above. Try to see a slight indent just above their hips where their waist should be (this can be a little tricky with long-haired cats). If you aren't able see their waist or if their sides are bulging out it means that your cat is probably carrying extra weight.
Feel for Your Cat's Ribs
- If your cat is at their proper 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 kitty might be overweight.
Use Our Overweight Cat Chart
- Review the overweight cat chart below to get a better understanding of your cat's weight category, and see if your cat is carrying an extra pound or two.
How to Get Your Kitty's Weight Under Control
Your pet's breed, age, and lifestyle all play a key part in their nutritional needs.
If you believe your cat is overweight book an appointment with your vet. Your veterinarian will examine your cat's current weight and let you know what your kitty's optimal weight is and how to help your cat achieve their weight loss goals.
For cats that are just a little overweight, keeping them on their regular food but reducing the size of each meal could get your cat's weight back within a healthy range.
If your kitty needs to lose a significant amount of weight, it might be best to switch your cat over to a specialized food that is formulated to help with feline weight loss.
Unexplained Weight Gain
If your cat has suddenly started gaining weight without a clear cause, it's time to see your vet! Unexplained weight gain can be a symptom of an underlying health condiiton.
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.