Is Your Cat Overweight?

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How do I know if my cat is overweight?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at

Humans aren’t the only ones living large. The obesity epidemic is affecting our cats, too. In fact, between twenty-five and forty percent of pet cats are obese or likely to become obese.

Unfortunately, cat owners don’t always realize that their once-trim tabby has become a fat feline. Without proper weight management, their cats continue to grow—and become at higher risk for diabetes, arthritis, and other conditions.

So keep an eye on your cat’s weight. When you pat her, gently press down. If you are unable to feel her ribs, consider taking her to the veterinarian for a proper exam. After ruling out any underlying medical causes, your veterinarian can help you develop an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan.

-Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM