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A normal cat weight range can vary from 5-25 pounds with 10 being the average. It all depends on breed, bone structure, height, and more factors.
Many cat companions don't realize their furry friends are obese because we're desensitized to seeing heavy pets and people.
There's an easy way to check your pet's condition, though. Place your hand on your cat's ribs. If there is more padding there than on the back of your hand, your cat may be struggling with a weight control problem. In that case, it's time to consult a cat nutritionist or a veterinarian who specializes in cats. Avoid launching the animal on a weight-loss diet without having knowledgeable and conscientious oversight.
Unlike most people, pets can't open the refrigerator door and pull out a snack. They eat what their human companions give them, and they exercise on our timetable not their own. So why are our cats overweight?
Overweight cats cost their families in two ways - feline health and family finances.
Obesity in domestic pets can lead to an abbreviated lifespan. It is a factor in diseases like arthritis, bladder infections, and some cancers. Cats, in particular, are susceptible to diabetes, high blood pressure, and liver disease caused by weight gain. Many overweight household pets even suffer from a type of clinical depression. In fact, up to 20% of cat and dog health issues may be obesity related.
These conditions cost pet parents and insurance companies a staggering amount of money in veterinary bills each year.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention offers many valuable resources on preventing and reversing obesity in pets. The organization stands behind many of the activities happening on Pet Obesity Awareness Day (October 10, 2018).
It's also important to talk to your vet or nutritionist, avoid giving your pets excessive treats, and make sure everyone in the household - furry members, too - gets plenty of life-enriching exercises. We want our cats and their people to be healthy and happy, and we know a sensible diet and exercise program is one great way to get there. 🐈
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