You probably already know that keeping your cat at a healthy weight is essential for her overall health. A healthy weight helps reduce your feline companion’s chances of suffering from arthritis, heart disease, and other serious health issues. Below are three easy ways to keep an eye on your cat’s weight:
1. The Rib Check: This physical check is one of the most reliable because the fur makes visual methods a little more difficult. Place your thumbs on your cat’s backbone with your hands on her rib cage. You should be able to feel her ribs easily without excess padding between the skin and the ribs.
2. The Overhead Check: Look at your cat from above. Her waste shouldn’t extend too far out beyond her ribs.
3. The Profile Check: Get on your cat’s level and look at her body from the side. Ideally, her abdomen should be tucked behind her rib cage. For a more detailed explanation, see below:
Of course, breeds all differ in stature and no two cats are the same. Consult with a veterinarian to determine if your feline companion is overweight. Extra weight can be remedied with the right portions of a healthy cat food and plenty of exercise.