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

Although a plump cat might appear cute and cuddly, even a slight increase in weight can harm your feline friend's long-term health. In this article, our veterinarians in La Pine will examine several signs that may indicate your cat is carrying extra weight. 

Is my cat overweight?

As a cat owner, you may underestimate your cat's weight's critical role in their overall health and lifespan. Nevertheless, extra weight can elevate your furry friend's susceptibility to severe and potentially life-threatening conditions. Even a minor increase in weight can have a profound impact on your cat's well-being. Therefore, it's essential to actively monitor your cat's weight and maintain a healthy weight to safeguard their well-being.

Diseases Linked to Obesity in Cats

Overweight cats have a higher risk of developing several serious conditions, such as:

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

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight

At La Pine, our veterinarians offer valuable tips for identifying signs of your cat's overweight condition. To maintain your cat's healthy weight, it's crucial to schedule regular wellness checkups, where your vet can personally examine your cat and provide appropriate guidance.

Check Out the Overweight Cat Chart:

Overweight Cat Chart

The 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, position yourself directly above them. Look for a slight indentation just above their hips, which should indicate their waist (although this may be challenging with long-haired cats). If you cannot spot their waistline or their sides appear bulge, your cat is likely carrying excess 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 your cat's ideal weight depends on factors such as breed, age, and overall size. It's a good idea to consult with your veterinarian if you suspect your cat is overweight. Your vet can evaluate your cat's current weight, advise you on the ideal weight for your furry friend, and guide you on achieving a healthier size. 

If your cat is only slightly overweight, reducing their portion sizes or limiting treats may be all that is needed to help them shed some pounds. For cats who need to lose a significant amount of weight, your veterinarian may suggest switching to a prescription diet that is specifically designed to aid in feline weight loss.

Gaining Weight for No Apparent Reason

If you've observed your cat gaining weight unexpectedly, immediately take them to the vet to determine the underlying cause. Unexplained weight gain may signal a serious health issue that requires prompt attention. Ensure your furry friend receives the necessary care without delay.

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 La Pine to set up a wellness exam for your feline companion. 

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