Obesity in cats

Do you love your cat
enough to know
their ideal shape?

  1. Look
  2. Feel
  3. Weigh

Love can be blind. Our Body Condition Scoring technique will help you remove the blinkers and determine your cat is an ideal shape.


What can you see?

Don’t be blinded by love.

Look from above; how easily can you see the curve of their waist behind their ribs? What abdominal tuck can you see? If the waist and tuck are not visible – or not there at all – your cat is not at his or her ideal shape. On the other hand, if the ribs, pelvic bone and vertebra are visible your cat could be underweight Download a Body Condition Score chart to find out your cat’s shape.

Graphic of two cats labelled Ideal and Obese


What Can You Feel?

The shape of your cat is in your hands.

With a light touch and flat hands feel all over your cat’s body. Start by placing your thumbs between the shoulder blades, just at the back of your cat’s head and move back, smoothing the fur as you go. You should be able to feel the ribs easily without too much fat covering them. Use the knuckles on your hand for comparison; hold out your hand flat and run your fingers over the knuckles on the back of your hand. This is how the ribs should feel. More prominent than this and your cat is underweight. Less prominent and they’re carrying excess weight. Download a Body Condition Score chart to find out your cat’s shape.

Graphic of cat with pair of hands


What portion size do you serve?

Love is not a guessing game.

Measuring aids, such as scoops and cups, are a highly inaccurate way of measuring out your pet’s meals, in particular for cats, as their typical feeding volumes are quite small. Without knowing it, you could be giving them 20%* more or less food with each serving. Using digital food scales to weigh out portions gives you greater control and provides your cat with the accurate daily calories they need.

In addition to weighing your cat’s food, it is important to keep a record of your cat’s weight too. Click here to download our helpful Weight Record Chart:

Graphic of cat with scales and bowl
*German et al. (2011) Journey of animal philosophy and animal nutrition measuring cups


Contact Your Vet

Contact your vet to have your cat weighed, Body Condition Scored and gain advice and guidance on pet nutrition.

Love Them Better

If your cat has scored six or more on the Body Condition Score charts, it would be a good idea to contact your vet and discuss a suitable shape management programme for their breed and age. You can also find out more about how to manage your pet’s shape with this handy guide.

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