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Is My Cat Too Fat?

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It's true of everyone - some are naturally trim, while others struggle to keep the weight off.

"Your cat should not look like a rectangle," the experts of the Companion Animals department at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) told The Dodo.

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What, exactly, constitutes a cat rectangle?

"When looking at your cat from above or from the side, you should be able to see a waist."

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If it's hard to tell just by looking, you can examine your cat with your petting mechanisms (hands).

"While obviously a cat should not be bony," the people at HSUS advised, "you should be able to feel the bones under a layer of fat, for example the spine, ribs, shoulders and hips."

Sarah V. Schweig

Check with your veterinarian to determine if your big, beautiful kitty needs to go on a diet - especially since being overweight can cause long-term health problems, like liver disease, diabetes and arthritis. Plus, being too heavy can affect your cat's quality of life.

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In the meantime, as with everyone, more playtime and exercise probably couldn't hurt.

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If you're ready to add a loving and furry family member to your home, check out Adopt-a-Pet.com.