When Do Vets Consider a Cat Overweight?

A cat is overweight if he has more than 20% of his body mass index made up of fat. However, this is an abstract idea and finding the exact body mass index can be challenging. The healthy weight of a cat depends on his sex, size and breed. Usually males are 2 pounds heavier than females.

Determining if a Cat is Obese

The easiest way to say if your cat is overweight is to examine him thoroughly.

Look at your cat from one side and behind: you should notice a natural slimming at the back and the legs if the cat is of a normal size. Cats are known for their hour glass look. If you can't see this particular shape, your cat needs a bit of diet. The abdomen is rounded on an obese cat.

Look at your cat from above: the lumbar vertebrae should be slightly visible on a cat with an ideal weight. Fat cats have fat deposits on the lumbar region.

Palpate your cat: if you can feel his ribs, this means he has an ideal weight. If the ribs cannot be felt at all - that's an overweight cat. A normal cat should have a bit of abdominal fat. However, when the fat on the abs causes the lack of a waist, this means that the cat is obese.

Overweight cats have excess deposits of fat on the face and limbs.

You should examine your cat periodically to see if he is overweight. Weighing your cat can be challenging, so you should opt for the palpating and looking method.

Cat Weight Problems

Neutered cats are more susceptible to weight gain. Sedentary cats and cats that spend a lot of time indoors are more likely to become obese.

Overweight cats have health issues that are obesity related:

  • Arthritis
  • Heart Conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatic Lipidosis
  • Lower life expectancy

If your cat is obese, you should look for a weight loss program in order to prevent any obesity related heath issues.

Obese Cat Diet

The diet for an obese cat should be low in carbs, and you should control his calorie intake. He should eat less than the amount of energy he spends, so that he will be able to burn some fat deposits too.

Diet should always be combined with exercise to avoid health problems and depression. Exercising will give your cat more energy and will speed up the weight loss process.

Preventing Obesity in Cats

It is easier to prevent obesity than going on a diet. Preventing obesity can be done if you offer a sensible diet to your cat. Make sure that he doesn't eat more than the energy he needs for a day's activities. You may opt for light canned food, available in pet stores.

Also, engage your cat in different activities to make him work out. Unlike dogs, cats won't run or go for long walks with you. You need to find entertaining and interactive activities for your cat to stimulate him.

Fit cats are friendlier and healthier.