Ideally, your cat should have a fit, well-proportioned, and muscular body. Checking her at home (to ascertain whether she's too thin, too fat, or just right) is quick and easy.
Checking Your Cat's Body Weight
1 Ribs visible on shorthaired cats; no palpable fat; severe abdominal tuck; lumbar vertebrae and wings of ilia easily palpated.
2 Ribs easily visible on shorthaired cats; lumbar vertebrae obvious with minimal muscle mass; pronounced abdominal tuck; no palpable fat.
3 Ribs easily palpable with minimal fat covering; lumbar vertebrae obvious; obvious waist behind ribs; minimal abdominal fat.
4 Ribs palpable with minimal fat covering; noticeable waist behind ribs; slight abdominal tuck; abdominal fat absent.
5 Well-proportioned; observe waist behind ribs; ribs palpable with slight fat covering; abdominal fat minimal.
6 Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering; waist and abdominal fat distinguishable but not obvious; abdominal tuck absent.
7 Ribs not easily palpated with moderate fat covering; waist poorly discernible; obvious rounding of abdomen; moderate abdominal fat.
8 Ribs not palpable with excess fat covering; waist absent; obvious rounding of abdomen with prominent abdominal fat pad; fat deposits present over lumbar area.
9 Ribs not palpable under heavy fat cover; heavy fat deposits over lumbar area, face and limbs; distension of abdomen with no waist; extensive abdominal fat deposits.
Obesity is the number one nutritional disorder among cats. Studies suggest that approximately 25% of cats presented to veterinary clinics are overweight. This extra weight puts them at risk for health problems involving the cardiovascular, respiratory, and skeletal systems.
Controlling your cat's weight
Owners can take several different steps to help control their cat's weight.
Switch a Cat's Diet Gradually
Whenever you change your cat's diet, it must be done gradually. This helps avoid the digestive upsets and food refusals that can occur if a diet is changed too quickly. The best method for switching foods is to mix an increasing amount of the new product in with the old, usually over some 7 to 10 days, until the switch is complete.
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