All cat owners should know if their cat is obese, what problems are associated with obesity, what causes obesity, and how to fix the problem.
So how do I know if my cat is obese?
Obesity is commonly defined as being more than 20% above the ideal weight. How that ideal weight is determined, however, isn’t always cut and dried. Unlike humans, who have Body Mass Index and other various charts to guide them, there isn’t an established chart of acceptable weights for cats due to the large variations between the different breeds. A Maine Coon will be much heavier than a Siamese. For this reason, obesity in cats is determined using body condition scoring. Body condition scoring usually ranges from 1 to 9, with 5 being ideal and 9 being grossly overweight.
So how can you tell if your cat’s too fat? Feel his sides. Can you feel his