Is My Cat Overweight?

Clare Hemington DipCAPBT

It’s so easy for us to give in to the irresistible appeals of our cats by letting them have treats or an extra portion of food.  However, doing this regularly can increase the risks of obesity which is a life-limiting (and sometimes life threatening) condition.
According to the last report of the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA 2014) three out of four vets (77%) believed the pet obesity problem had worsened over the previous five years, while two in three owners (63%) felt more important problems faced their pets – perhaps unaware of the consequences obesity can have.

However 93% of pet owners said they would be concerned to discover that their pet is overweight and we hope this means that as cat owners we are willing to take positive action!

Almost all veterinary practices now run weight clinics and there is also lots of useful information available on the PFMA website where you can read their full obesity report. To help you determine whether your cat is a healthy size the PFMA have developed this really useful chart:

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