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Is Your Cat Overweight? Signs, Symptoms & What to Do

Though a chubby cat may appear cute and cuddly, even a slight increase in weight can have negative effects on your cat's health in the future. In this article, our veterinarians in Somerset will discuss various signs indicating your cat is carrying too much weight.

Is my cat overweight?

As a cat owner, you may not be aware of how important your cat's weight is for their overall health and lifespan. Carrying extra weight can increase the risk of severe and life-threatening conditions for your furry friend. Even a few extra ounces can significantly impact your cat's well-being. Therefore, it is essential to monitor your cat's weight and keep them at a healthy weight to ensure their well-being.

Diseases Linked to Obesity in Cats

Cats that are overweight face an increased risk of developing a number of serious conditions, including: 

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Skin problems

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight

Our veterinarian in Somerset has shared some helpful tips to assist you in identifying whether your cat is overweight. It is essential to bring your cat for regular wellness checkups to ensure their good health. During these visits, our veterinarians can examine your cat thoroughly and offer advice on maintaining a healthy weight for your furry friend.

Check Out the Overweight Cat Chart:

Overweight Cat ChartThe illustrations in the overweight cat chart above can help you better understand your cat's weight category and whether your cat may be carrying an extra pound or two. Which illustration best represents the size of your cat?

Difficulties Jumping

Does your cat have trouble running or jumping? Cats are supposed to be agile and easily handle low jumps. If your cat struggles to jump onto low surfaces or gets tired easily, it might be because of their extra weight.

Look for Your Cat's Waist

When your cat stands, observe them directly from above. Try to identify a slight indentation just above their hips where their waist should be (although this may be challenging with long-haired cats). If you cannot see their waistline or if their sides appear to bulge, it's likely that your cat is carrying extra weight.

Your Cat's Ribs Should Be Easy to Feel

As a cat owner, you can check if your feline friend is at a healthy weight by feeling their ribs as you stroke their chest. If you have difficulty feeling their ribs, it could mean that your cat is carrying excess weight and may benefit from weight management measures.

How To Help Your Cat Achieve a Healthy Weight

Determining the ideal weight for your cat depends on their breed, age, and overall size. If you suspect that your cat is overweight, it's best to consult with your veterinarian. Your vet can assess your cat's current weight, advise you on the ideal weight for your furry friend, and help you achieve a healthier size. For cats who need to lose a significant amount of weight, your veterinarian may suggest switching to a prescription diet that is specially designed to aid in feline weight loss.

Gaining Weight for No Apparent Reason

If you've noticed your cat is gaining weight unexpectedly, it's important to take them to the vet to find out what might be causing it. Unexplained weight gain could be a sign of a health problem that must be considered. Please don't delay in getting your furry friend the care they need.

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.

Are you concerned about your cat's weight? Contact our vets in Somerset to set up a wellness exam for your feline companion. 

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