One of the most common questions we get asked is “Is my cat the right weight?”
All cats have an ideal weight, depending on their size and breed. Most animals that gain weight are overfed, which results in an intake of too many calories combined with insufficient physical activity.
Factors that can affect your cats weight:
- Is your cat kept indoors or do they have access to the outdoors?
- Is he/she fed dry food exclusively, or are they offered wet food too?
- Is your cat neutered?
If you make an appointment for a nursing weight clinic, we can discuss your cat’s weight and go through their history. If there is any indication that there may be an underlying medical condition causing your cat to gain weight, we would be happy to carry out the appropriate laboratory tests and investigate your cat’s health further with one of our vets..
Equally if you have noticed that your cat has lost weight, this may be a sign of an underlying disease that needs further investigation.
As your cat gets older, their metabolism changes and activity levels may also reduce so it is important to be aware of any weight increase or loss.
If we find that your cat is overweight, there are many options to us – from cutting back on the amount you are feeding your pet to beginning a diet food that we can prescribe. It may even be as simple as changing any treats you give to healthier versions.
We offer regular weight checks and are always happy to advise you on any health issues for your cat.