Hands-On Guide to Checking if Your Cat Is at a Good Weight

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Do you think your cat should start the catkins diet? You can check if kitty has been carrying her holiday weight for a little too long in the comfort of your own home. In five minutes or less you can also gauge whether kitty is too thin, either from illness or not consuming enough calories (especially if a kitten). All you need is a keen eye and hands ready to pet.

Illustrations are of adult cats.

What you will see and feel if your cat is too thin:

  • Ribs: You can see bones protruding and do not feel a small amount of muscle/fat over them when you run your hands along your cat’s sides.
  • Base of Tail: When looking at the base of the tail, you see bones sticking out and do not feel a small layer of fat/muscle covering the base when you run your hands along it.
  • Spine: When looking at your cat from above, you see bones protruding and do not feel a small layer of fat/muscle covering the spine when you run your hands along your cat’s back.
  • Waist: When looking at your cat from above, you notice an extreme waist line and bones are visible.
  • Abdominal Tuck: When looking at your cat from the side, you see a severe tuck under the ribs.

Emaciated Cat

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Thin Cat

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What you will see and feel if your cat is at a healthy weight:

  • Ribs: When running your hands along your cat’s side, you can easily feel the ribs while also feeling a small amount of fat covering them.
  • Base of Tail: When feeling the base of your cat’s tail, you notice a small layer of fat and it is smooth to the touch.
  • Spine: When running your hands along your cat’s back you should be able to feel the spine and a small layer of muscle/fat covering it.
  • Waist: When looking at your cat from above, you see a visible waist line just behind the ribs.
  • Abdominal Tuck: When looking at your cat from the side, the area behind the ribs is visibly smaller than the chest.

Healthy-Weight Cat

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What you will see and feel if your cat is overweight:

  • Ribs: When running your hands along your cat’s ribs you cannot easily feel the ribs or feel them at all.
  • Base of Tail: When feeling the base of the tail, there is a large amount of fat covering it and no bones are felt.
  • Spine: When running your hands along your cat’s back, no bones are easily felt below a layer of fat.
  • Waist: When looking at your cat from above, no waist is seen or the area between the ribs and hips protrudes.
  • Abdominal Tuck: When looking at your cat from the side, there is no visible tuck behind the ribs or there is a layer of low hanging fat.

Fat Cat

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Obese Cat

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* Weight-loss diets for your cat should only be done under supervision of your veterinarian.

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