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

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

Even if you see your cat as a big and cuddly friend, a few extra ounces can impact their health and lifespan. Our vets at Clearlake can help you identify if your cat is overweight.

Why Your Cat's Weight Matters

Although you may not think about your cat's weight, it's crucial for their overall health. Just like humans, carrying extra weight puts cats at risk of serious and life-threatening conditions.

Even a few extra ounces can significantly impact their vitality and health.

Health Risks Faced by Overweight Cats

If your feline friend is carrying extra weight, they face an increased risk of developing one or more of the serious conditions listed below: 

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

Is my cat overweight, how can you tell? 

Struggling to Jump

  • A cat's body is perfectly designed for jumping. If it takes multiple tries for your cat to jump up onto their favorite piece of furniture, or if your cat gives up altogether, their weight could be the issue.

Check for Your Cat's Waistline

  • To check if your cat is overweight, stand over them and look for a slight waist indentation above their hips. It may be difficult with long-haired cats. If you can't see their waist or if their sides are bulging, your cat likely has excess weight.

Feel for Your Cat's Ribs

  • By running your hand along your cat's chest, you should be able to feel their ribs if they're at a healthy weight. If you can't feel their ribs, it's likely that your cat is overweight.

Use Our Overweight Cat Chart

  • Look over the overweight cat chart below to get a better understanding of your cat's weight category, and whether your cat may be carrying an extra pound or two.

Overweight cat chart, Clearlake Vet

How to Get Your Kitty's Weight Back On-track

Your cat's nutritional needs depend on their breed, age, and lifestyle.

If you think your cat is overweight, schedule a vet appointment.

Your vet will assess your cat's weight and recommend an optimal weight and weight loss plan.

For slightly overweight cats, reducing meal size while sticking to their regular food may help. Cats needing to lose more weight may benefit from specialized weight loss food.

Unexplained Weight Gain

Has your cat has suddenly started to gain weight without cause? Then it's time to see your vet for an exam! Unexplained weight gain can be a symptom of an underlying health issue.

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.

Do you think that your cat may be overweight? Book an appointment today. Our experienced Clearlake vets can help you get your cat's weight back to a healthier level.

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