According to studies, overweight affects 52% of domestic cats worldwide. This is a figure that has almost doubled in the last 5 to 10 years. Yet only a quarter of owners describe their pet as overweight. But in cats, as in humans, obesity has serious health consequences.
Many owners express their affection by overfeeding their cat, which can easily cause them to consume more calories than they need. Unfortunately, these owners are not fully aware of the consequences of overfeeding their pet.
Why you shouldn’t let your cat be obese
Beyond aesthetic criteria, being overweight can lead to obesity. However, in cats as in humans, this is considered a pathology.
Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes, urinary stones, osteoarthritis, respiratory heart failure. In all cases, it decreases the quality and the life expectancy of the cat.
What weight is too fat for my cat
Weigh and observe to control your cat’s weight. 3 simple gestures can detect overweight in animals, knowing that 1 extra kilo in a 4 kg cat is equivalent to 16 extra kilos for a 65 kg human being!
Many people watch their own weight, but 40% don’t know how much their cat weighs. It is therefore important to learn to observe your animal to detect signs of overweight:
If the waist and the hollow of the belly are visible, the spine and the ribs are easy to feel, the cat has an ideal weight. It weighs on average between 3 and 5 kg (excluding the specificities of certain breeds).
If the waist is barely visible, the belly is distended, the spine and ribs are difficult to feel, the cat is overweight. He weighs 15% more than his ideal weight.
If the size is not visible, the belly is very distended, the spine and the ribs very difficult to feel, the cat is obese. He weighs 30% more than his ideal weight
How to know if my cat is overweight
As a result of our way of life, more than 1 in 2 cats live in urban areas. Many are sedentary and live in apartments, with a lack of activity contributing to weight gain.
Today, 80% of domestic cats are sterilized in France. however, sterilization promotes increased appetite: 45% are overweight.
48 hours after the intervention, his eating behavior will be modified. The cat will spontaneously eat more while at the same time expending less energy.
There is therefore a major risk of rapid weight gain that can lead to predisposition to certain diseases and a reduction in life expectancy. Without a suitable diet, the sterilized cat grows more easily.
Finally, with equal food intake, all cats do not experience the same feeling of satiety. We see that some spontaneously regulate their food intake, while others beg. 54% of owners give their cat food when they ask for it.1
Neutering therefore changes the feeding behavior of some cats, which may have difficulty regulating their food intake. It is therefore essential to provide them with a diet that contains a high level of specific fibers that satisfy the appetite of cats with a tendency to beg while helping to naturally reduce the feeling of hunger.
How to maintain your cat’s ideal weight
Weigh and respect the doses indicated on the back of the packaging, such as those offered by pet food company
Distribute a limited ration of kibble in free access and let the cat eat at his own pace during the day.
Complete your portion of kibble with wet food that takes up more volume in the stomach.
Encourage the cat to eat more gently by serving its meals in an anti-glutton bowl or via a kibble dispenser.
Take the time to make him play, jump, run… to fight a sedentary lifestyle.
Enrich your environment by installing a tunnel or a cat tree and freeing up spaces at height (shelf, beam, etc.) to create stimulating activity areas. Ask your veterinarian for advice.
How to maintain a good balance
Excessive weight gain during the growth period increases the risk of obesity in adulthood. Up to why it is important to feed the kitten with specialized food from 2 months.
Enriched with highly digestible proteins, the Kitten range (available in pet stores, garden centers and DIY stores) offers kibble and/or wet food that accompanies the kitten throughout its growth, up to 12 months.
The combination of a low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber formula and precise rationing helps cats with a tendency to overweight maintain their ideal weight. This process helps sterilized, gluttonous and/or overweight cats to spontaneously limit their food intake while respecting the nutritional intake they need.
Check quantities before giving food
The quantities also have a very important place in weight gain.
20% of cat owners measure the amount of food they give.
However, not controlling the quantities leads to giving more to the animal than it really needs.
87% of owners give their cat what they think is the right portion, but each food is different and does not provide the same nutritional responses.
It is therefore essential to respect the recommended daily amount in order to prevent weight gain.
The Optimal Formula is the only animal health insurance formula that reimburses you 20% of the amount of each of your therapeutic feeding bills for your cat. And those on the main brands of food purchased in veterinary clinics depending on your cat’s breed.
What is a healthy weight for a cat
Approximately 10 pounds, with an average weight of 7.9–9.9 pounds.
The average domestic cat should weigh around 10 pounds, though this varies depending on breed and frame. A Siamese cat can weigh as little as 5 pounds, whereas a healthy Maine Coon can weigh up to 25 pounds.
How do I tell if my cat is overweight
When your cat is standing, start by looking at them. Above the hips, there has to be a tiny dip that resembles a waist. Keep in mind that if your cat has lengthy fur, this may be tough. Your cat could be overweight if the waist area swells out instead.
What is a healthy weight for a domestic shorthair cat
between eight and ten pounds
A typical domestic shorthair will weigh about 8 and 10 pounds. There are other measures to determine his or her fitness: Squeeze the sides of your cat’s rib cage lightly. They are generally not overweight if you can easily feel their ribcage.
How heavy should my kitten be
What is the average weight of a newborn kitten? The weight of newborn kittens will be around 2 to 3% of its mother’s weight as a rule of thumb. For example, if the mother weights 4 kg, the kittens need to weigh between 80 and 120 grams.