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 ismore padding there than on the back of your hand, your cat may be struggling with a weightcontrol 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 conscientiousoversight.
Five reasons our pets are overweight.
Unlike most people, pets can't open the refrigerator door and pull out a snack. They eat what their humancompanions give them, and they exercise on our timetable not their own. So why are our cats overweight?
The relationship between people and pets. We may eat healthy and get pumped at the gym regularly, but we often manage our own diets and exercise programs differently from the way we treat our pets. Puppy dog eyes and sweet kitty meows earn treats for our pets to gobble down in excess.
High calorie foods. It's important to talk to a cat nutritionist or feline veterinarian about your cat's diet. Many commercial cat foods are packed with calories while offering little nutrition.
Inadequate exercise. If inactivity is an issue for dogs who can run around the yard and take walks on a leash, think about how critical it is for cats. Our kitties need plenty of active toys and one-on-one time with their humans to get in all that good cardio.
The human-animal bond. The dog and cat used to be just the dog and cat, not short, furry children with four legs. Today, however, that relationship is much stronger. Some people who suffer from loneliness may begin to treat their animals as surrogate companions, feeding them far too much human food in the process.
Feline diseases.Some cats are overweight due to having a disease such as hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, or bloat. Parasites can also cause weight gain. If you suspect ill health is behind your pet's obesity issues, contact your vet at once.
The high cost of cat obesity.
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, bladderinfections, and some cancers. Cats, in particular, are susceptible to diabetes, high blood pressure, and liverdisease caused by weight gain. Many overweight household pets even suffer from a type of clinicaldepression. 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 veterinarybills each year.
Pet obesity prevention.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention offers many valuable resources on preventing and reversingobesity in pets. The organization stands behind many of the activities happening on Pet Obesity AwarenessDay (October 10, 2018).
It's also important to talk to your vet or nutritionist, avoid giving your pets excessive treats, and make sureeveryone in the household - furry members, too - gets plenty of life-enriching exercises. We want our catsand their people to be healthy and happy, and we know a sensible diet and exercise program is one greatway to get there. 🐈