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

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

A few extra ounces can significantly impact your cat's well-being and lifespan. Our vets in Brentwood will explain how you can determine whether your cat is overweight.

Why Your Cat's Weight Matters

Most cat owners don't typically fret over their cat's weight, but it's crucial to recognize that weight plays a significant role in their overall well-being.

Similar to humans, when cats carry excess weight, their chances of developing severe and potentially life-threatening conditions can skyrocket. Even a mere few extra ounces can profoundly impact your cat's energy levels and overall health.

Health Risks Faced by 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: 

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

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight

Struggling to Jump

  • Cat's are designed for jumping. If it takes multiple tries for your cat to jump up onto a piece of furniture, their weight could be the issue.

Check for Your Cat's Waistline

  • Whenever 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. If you can't see their waist or if their sides are bulging it means that your kitty is carrying excess weight.

Feel for Your Cat's Ribs

  • If you cat 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. 

Use Our Overweight Cat Chart

  • Look at the overweight cat chart below to get a better understanding of your cat's weight category and whether your cat may be carrying an extra pound or two.

Overweight cat chart, Brentwood Vet

How to Get Your Kitty's Weight Back On-track

The nutritional requirements of your cat are influenced by their breed, age, and lifestyle. If you suspect that your feline companion is overweight, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. During the visit, the vet will evaluate your cat's current weight and provide guidance on their ideal weight and strategies to achieve weight loss goals.

In cases where a cat is slightly overweight, maintaining their regular food but reducing portion sizes can bring their weight back within a healthy range. Contact your local vet and inquire about nutrition counselling if you are looking for more information on the subject.

For cats requiring significant weight loss, transitioning to a specialized food designed to support feline weight loss may be the most suitable option.

Unexplained Weight Gain

Has your cat has suddenly started to gain weight without cause? Then it's time to see your vet for an exam! 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.

Do you think that your cat may be overweight? Contact us to book an appointment today. Our trained vets in Brentwood are here to assist you and your pet.

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