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Do I Have A Fat Cat?

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In this day and age, where everything is getting super-sized, when countries like New Zealand’s population is 50% overweight, while we are super-sizing our waist lines, it’s just as easy to supersize our pets. So how can you tell if you have a fat cat?

Cats should be lean, well oiled hunting machines, but sometimes due to disease, illness or just plain laziness, your slinky cat can turn into a fat cat in the blink of an eye it seems.

A normal healthy female cat should weigh approximately 3 – 5 kilos on average and a healthy male adult cat should weigh approximately 4 – 6 kilos on average. Of course this is very hard to go by as pure bred cats are increasingly popular and are bred for specific purposes so weight can hugely vary in bred such as a small devon rex up to the big main coon.

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In the veterinary world, they have devised a scale from 1 to 5 much like a human BMI but on a smaller basis, to measure how emaciated or obese the cat is. The body scoring system is as follows.

1. Emaciated or anorexic. Ribs, spine and flank or pelvis bones are visible through the skin from a distance and with a very distinctive waist when views from above. The cat lacks muscle mass and will have little or no body fat.

2. Thin. The Ribs, spine and flank or pelvis bones are visible and can easily be felt through the skin eg; clench your fist and rub a finger across your knuckles. The cat will have little body fat and will have an obvious waist when viewed from above.

3. Ideal weight for every cat. This is where the ribs and spine can be felt and possibly the last few ribs may be visible eg; open your hand and rub your finger across the palm of your hand just below where your fingers join your hand. The cat should have a good muscle mass and will have a nice hour glass waist when views from above.

4. Overweight. The ribs and spine will not be visible but can be felt. The cat will have a rounded appearance and you will not be able to see a waist when viewed from above. There will be a flank fold under the belly that will clearly be visible and will wobble when the cat moves.

5. Obese. The ribs and spine on this type of cat will be not visible to the eye, and will even be difficult to feel eg; open your hand and run your finger across the palm pad of your hand just above your wrist. Even the tail will look fat on this fat cat! When viewed from above the cat will have no waist and the back will look very broad. The flank fold under the belly of your cat will sway as he walks.

So check your cat to see where about on the scale you can place him. If you have a fat cat, the best advise is to take him to a veterinarian where she or he will be able to help put your cat onto a special diet to reduce his calorie intake and get him back into the ideal weight range. Never diet your cat without the advise of your veterinarian as cats are sensitive, and need their food reduced gradually.

The maximum weight a cat should loose is 1% of their weight per week so this can be a long process. This ensures they still get all the nutrients they need, and ensures that they keep the weight off for good!

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