Studies have shown that both underweight and obesity shorten the life of cats. You may think it’s hard to see if your cat is normal weight, but it’s actually relatively simple. How to check your cat’s hole quickly and easily.
Obesity and obesity in cats
Overweight and obesity are a major problem among Western cats today. This is usually due to too much food in combination with too little exercise. In other words: the cat eats more calories than it consumes, and the excess energy is therefore stored as fat. As you may know, obesity carries an increased risk of, among other things, diabetes and joint problems.
Neutered and older cats are usually most at risk of becoming overweight. A neutered cat has an easier time gaining weight because its metabolism decreases, which means that it needs less energy than before. Cats therefore need an adapted feeding after they have been neutered in order not to develop obesity.
How to assess if your cat is obese
Of course, you can weigh the cat, but it is not always the best way to examine your cat’s physical shape.
When it comes to a cat’s weight, there are several factors that come into play, such as breed and age, and there is an easier way to assess the cat’s hole than to weigh it. It’s not difficult – here we tell you how to do it!
Start by making sure the cat is relaxed and comfortable. Stroke it gently along the body a few times and cuddle a little with it.
- Now check the cat’s ribs. Feel over the chest with a gentle but firm grip. You should be able to feel the ribs if you press a little lightly. If the ribs protrude, it may mean that your cat is underweight. If it is difficult to feel the ribs, the cat is probably overweight.
- Then slowly and gently move your hands towards the cat’s waist. When you pull your hands back towards your hips, it should feel like an hourglass shape. Obese cats usually do not have this form.
- Now it’s time to take a look at its stomach. Some cats do not like this, so be careful and observe the cat’s body language carefully. When touching the underside of the abdomen, it should be in line with the hips. It is normal for cats to have a little belly fat, but if it is a larger ball that is hanging down, your cat is probably overweight.
With this procedure, it is easy to control the cat at home where it feels safe. It’s also a great way to spend some extra time with your fur coat. If you are unsure or worried about anything, always contact your veterinarian.