How Your Cat's Weight Can Affect Their Health
The risk of your cat possibly developing a serious or life-threatening condition is greatly increased if they happen to be overweight. It could only take as little as a few excess ounces to have a crucial impact on your cat's vitality and overall health.
Increased Health Risks Faced by Overweight Cats
Your cat has a greatly increased risk of developing the following conditions if they become overweight:
- Urinary tract infections
- Joint pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Skin problems
How To Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight
Inspect Your Cat's Waistline
You should be able to see a slight indent just above your cat's hips where their waist should be when you look down at them from above. No clear waist or bulging sides means that your kitty may be carrying a few extra ounces
Feel for Your Cat's Ribs
If your cat is at an appropriate weight then you should be able to feel their ribs by running your hand along their chest. If you can't feel your cat's ribs, there's a good chance that your cat is overweight.
Difficulties Jumping Up On To Furniture
Cats are by nature graceful creatures and capable of making incredible leaps. If it takes more than one attempt for your cat to jump up to its usual place on the furniture, or if your cat gives up altogether, their weight may be making it more difficult.
Overweight Cat Chart
Take a look at our chart below to get a better understanding of your cat's weight category, and whether your cat may or may not be overweight.
How to Get Your Feline Friend's Weight Back On-track
The nutritional needs of your cat, along with your cat's age, breed, and lifestyle all contribute to their weight and how to manage it.
If you are concerned about your cat's weight then it might be time to book a wellness exam with your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to look over your cat and diagnose whether it is overweight.
If your vet recommends that your cat should lose some weight they will provide you with their recommendations on how to safely assist your cat with the necessary weight loss.
When it comes to cats that are just slightly overweight it is most common that something as simple as adjusting the size of their meals is enough to help them get to a healthy weight.
In the cases where your cat needs to lose a significant amount of weight, it may be best to change to a specialized food that is formulated to help with feline weight loss.
Unexplained Weight Gain
Unexplained weight gain can be a symptom of underlying health issues, if you notice a sudden increase in your cat's weight then it is best to book an appointment with your Richmond vet.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.