How to Check Your Cat’s Weight and Body Condition

How to Tell if Your Cat is Overweight, in Ideal Body Condition or Too Thin

Here are 3 simple ways to tell if your cat’s diet needs an adjustment.

  • Rib Check: Place both of your thumbs on your cat’s backbone and spread both hands across her rib cage. You want to be able to feel her ribs. Actually feeling your cat is important, as the coat of many cats will make a visual check difficult.
  • Profile Check: Examine your cat’s profile – it’s best if you are level with your cat. Look for the abdomen to be tucked up behind her rib cage – this is ideal.
  • Overhead Check: Looking at your cat from overhead, identify whether you can see a waist behind her ribs.

If you find that your cat’s ribs and waistline aren’t where they’re supposed to be, adjust your cat’s food accordingly.