Is My Cat Too Fat?
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.
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."
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."
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.
In the meantime, as with everyone, more playtime and exercise probably couldn't hurt.
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