Weight Management for Overweight Cats
One-bite weight facts:*
- Obesity is the #1 health risk
for pets in America
58% of catsin America
are overweight or obese
- 1 extra pound to a cat can
be equivalent to more than
20 pounds for a person
Overweight and obese cats have
an increased risk of:*
- Hypertension (High blood pressure)
- Shortened life expectancy
- Kidney disease
- Breathing problems
- Heart disease
helps keep cats healthy!
Talk with your veterinarian to determine your cat's ideal weight and get a recommended weight management plan.
How do cats become overweight or obese?
The main cause is over-feeding and over-treating. Just like in people, cats gain excess weight when they eat more calories than they use.
1 in 6 cat-owners don't even know their cat is overweight, which is why it's so important to ask your veterinarian - and don't be embarrassed to bring it up!*
What the ideal weight looks like
- Your cat's face should appear slim with a clear bone structure.
- You should see a clear definition between your cat's head and neck.
- Your cat's ribs should be easily felt when you gently pet their side.
- Your cat's abdomen should be slightly slimmer than the chest and hips.
See our breed information to find out the ideal weight for your cat's breed.
For a cat with an ideal weight of
10 pounds, each extra pound
is equivalent to about an
extra 15 pounds for a 5'9" man.*
For a cat who should weigh
5 pounds, these double to an
extra 30 pounds for a 5'9" man.*
Small and medium cats can be weighed at home by holding them with you on a scale, and then subtracting your weight from the total. Talk with your veterinarian to find out if your cat is overweight and get a recommended weight management plan.
* Association for Pet Obesity Prevention