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Is my cat overweight?

You might not think your cat's weight is a problem, but even a few extra ounces can make a big difference in his or her overall health and longevity. Our Port Jefferson veterinarians offer advice on how to tell if your cat is overweight today.

Your Cat's Weight & Health

Even if you don't realize it, your cat's weight affects their overall health. When your cat is overweight, like people, its risk of developing serious and potentially fatal conditions increases dramatically. Even a few extra ounces can significantly improve your cat's overall health and vitality.

Health Risks Faced by Overweight Cats

If your feline friend is carrying excess weight they face an increased risk of developing these serious conditions: 

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

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight

To determine whether your kitty is overweight try the tips below.

Look for Your Cat's Waistline

  • Look down at your cat from above while he or she is standing. Look for a small indentation above your cat's hips, where the waist should be. If you can't see their waist or their sides are bulging, your cat is most likely overweight.

Feel for Your Cat's Ribs

  • When your cat is at a healthy weight you should be able to slightly feel their ribs by gently running your hand along their chest. If you can't feel your cat's ribs, your cat may be overweight. 

Struggling to Jump

  • Cats are born with the ability to run and jump quickly. If your cat takes several tries to jump up onto their favorite piece of furniture, or if they give up entirely, their weight could be the issue.

Use Our Overweight Cat Chart

  • Look over the illustration 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, Thomasville Vet

Getting Your Cat's Weight Back On-track

Your cat's breed, age, and lifestyle all make a significant difference to their nutritional needs.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you believe your cat is overweight. Your veterinarian will determine your cat's current weight, ideal weight, and how to help them reach their weight loss goals.

If your cat is just a little overweight, you may be able to continue feeding them their regular food but at reduced portion sizes. 

If, on the other hand, your cat needs to lose a significant amount of weight, it may be best to switch your kitty over to a specialized food that is formulated to help cats lose weight.

Unexplained Weight Gain

If your cat has suddenly begun to put on weight without cause, it's time to see your vet. 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.

Is your feline pal chubby? Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an examination for them. Our veterinarians can calculate your cat's nutritional requirements and assist you in regaining control of your cat's weight.

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Jefferson Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Port Jefferson companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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