By: Iram Sharma
In order to keep your cat at the right weight, we have to determine what a cat’s healthy weight is. The average weight of a domestic cat is 10 pounds, which is around 4.5 kg. Cats that weigh more or less than their ideal weight may face serious health issues.
A cat with an ideal weight should have an hourglass figure when looking down from above. The ribs should not be visible or easily felt, as this may mean that the cat weighs less than she should.
Critically underweight cats are often stray cats seen on the street, or cats that have been neglected. It’s very easy to see that they are malnourished as they have visible ribs, as well as other prominent bones such as the tail because there’s no fat that usually covers the cat’s tail.
A cat with ideal weight shouldn’t have issues related to its weight, so such cats are normally very energetic.Their fur is shiny because they have strength for grooming, and they’re extremely playful.
Overweight cats aren’t necessarily visibly fat, but when petting them you will need to press a bit harder if you want to feel the cat’s ribs. Moreover the fat may be felt all around the cat’s body, and since the cat is overweight, it doesn’t have an hourglass body shape anymore.
For cats, being overweight is just as serious as being underweight. It can badly affect the cat’s everyday life and it may even lead to certain health problems. Overweight cats too, require special care. First of all they should be taken to the vet for a check-up. The vet will treat any medical issues and give you advice on taking care of your cat.
A proper feeding schedule and a special diet with additional supplements, such as weight management food, are very important when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight for your cat.
Don’t forget to keep your feline physically active with playtime and toys. If you follow this advice, your cat should be able to maintain an ideal weight and won’t be overweight or underweight.