How do I know if my cat is overweight?
It can be hard to tell if your beloved feline friend is overweight, but there are some tell-tale signs that may indicate that they need to cut down on the kitty treats. Here are some things to look out for:
1. Check your cat’s body shape
If your cat’s belly is unusually large compared to their back and sides, then it may indicate that your cat may be carrying a few extra pounds. You should also be able to feel your cat’s ribs – if they cannot be felt easily then it could be a sign that your cat is carrying extra weight.
2. Monitor your cat’s appetite
If your cat seems particularly fond of their food and always asking for more, then this could be a sign of overeating. Speak to your vet for advice about portion sizes and any specialised diets for cats with weight issues.
3. Look at your cat’s activity levels
If your cat seems a little sluggish and tends to struggle climbing up the stairs or even jumping onto your lap, then this could be a sign that they are carrying too much weight. Try and encourage more active play and make sure there is a good balance between rest and activity.
4. Monitor changes in weight
Keep an eye on your cat’s weight over a period of two months or so. If they are steadily putting on weight then this could be something to talk to your vet about.
Your Cat’s Health is Essential
The key to keeping your cat healthy is to monitor their lifestyle, food intake and activity levels and to make small changes when required. Speak to your vet to find the best options for you and your feline friend.