While there is no way to know exact figures, data suggests that around one third of all cats in Australia are overweight or obese. To compound the problem a recent survey revealed that around 90% of pet owners may not even realise it! If your cat is more than simply fluffy, it might be time to act.
There’s no ideal weight range for a cat since they come in all different shapes and sizes, however there are ways to know whether they’re getting more than their fair share of food.
Start by looking at them from above to see if you notice a waist between their rib cage and hips. If they appear round, they may be overweight. You can also run your hands down their spine and across their ribs to feel how much fat there is over the bones.
In general, a cat should be well-proportioned with a slight fat covering over the ribs, minimal abdominal fat, and a waist. They shouldn’t have big fat deposits over their lower back area, limbs, or face.
While it can be hard to come to terms with the fact your cat has extra padding, there are steps you can take to solve the problem. Hiding food around the house to help your cat ‘hunt’ for it or using food toys and encouraging playtime are all ways you can help your feline friend shed the kilos.
Sometimes, over-feeding is the sole problem, and serving smaller portions can see them slim down within a matter of months. We offer professional advice on appropriate serving sizes, the best food for their needs, and methods to help your cat work for their food.
Ask us for advice about your cat’s nutrition. There are many ways to help your cat slim down to improve their health and wellbeing.