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How do I know if my cat is overweight?

Is My Cat Overweight?

Cats are notorious for packing on the pounds, so it’s important to keep an eye on your furry friend’s weight to make sure they stay healthy. Here are some helpful tips on how to tell if your cat has crossed the line into overweight territory:

Physical Features

  • Visible waist and “tummy tuck”: A cat’s waist should be slightly visible when viewed from the top and side. From the side, the abdomen should be tucked up from the rib cage.
  • Running Hands Test: Gently run your hands up and down your cats body, feeling for any extra fat. If you feel a layer of extra fat covering the ribs, your cat is probably overweight.
  • Difficult Movement: Overweight cats have more difficulty moving around and may appear clumsy. They will also tend to tire quickly when exercising.

Behavioural Changes

  • Lethargy: Cats that are overweight tend to get out of breath easily and tire quickly. This can lead to them becoming less active and less playful than usual.
  • Reduced Appetite: Despite the extra weight, overweight cats may actually eat less than normal due to a reduced metabolic rate.

If your cat is showing signs of being overweight, it’s important to take action quickly. Speak to your vet to find out the best way to get your feline friend slim and back to their healthy best!

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