Is my cat overweight?

  1. yenajeon profile image81
    yenajeonposted 7 years ago

    Is my cat overweight?

    My domestic, short-haired kitty is 11 months old now. She is currently 10 lbs, which seems very heavy to me. Do I need to put her on some special diet? Any ideas? Thanks!

  2. michifus profile image81
    michifusposted 7 years ago

    It depends on the cat and the breed. My cat is 16lbs and whilst it doesn't look fat, it is certainly solid. Its quite happy. It likes to eat like a dog.

    If you are concerned about the weight, try low fat cat food for a spell, but good luck trying to get it to eat it. If your cat is anything like mine, it will resent having to curb its calories. Anyway, 10lbs doesn't really seem excessive

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    loriamooreposted 7 years ago

    I agree with Michifus, 10 lbs doesn't seem that bad, even if she is just 11 months old.

    My 3 cats are all domestic short-haired cats, but they're each built differently and therefore each weigh differently.  My oldest cat is 17 years old and weighs probably 9 pounds, my middle child is 15 year old and weighs 23 lbs, and my youngest child is 5 year old and weighs 10-12 lbs.  The two that weigh less are very active, while the obese one is very dormant.

    Cats are better than dogs . . . they'll only eat as much as they want instead of eating everything you put out.

    But there is Diet Cat Food such as Iams or Science Diet that you could try if you or your veterinarian are concerned.

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