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Is Your Cat Overweight? Signs & Symptoms

Is Your Cat Overweight? Signs & Symptoms

Sometimes when our cats gain weight we view it as cute, but that extra weight can have a huge impact on your cat's health. Our Richmond vets will talk about how to tell the signs and symptoms of an overweight cat. 

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: 

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • 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.

Overweight cat chart, Tuscon vet

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.

Have you noticed a sudden increase in your cat's weight? Contact our Broad Street Veterinary Hospital vets to book a wellness exam for your feline friend. 

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