Cats are very popular pets. Many people share their lives with their cats on the Internet and get a lot of traffic. These cats have different shapes and breeds, but they are all very cute. But in the sharing of some cat owners, many very obese cats appeared. Taking obesity as beauty has become one of the aesthetic standards of many people for cats, but this is wrong.
Many cats have symptoms of obesity. More than 50% of pet cats have varying degrees of obesity, and many cats have physical problems due to obesity. Cat obesity has become one of the issues that many owners must pay attention to. The owners began to pay attention to the food that can help cats lose weight, hoping to use weight-loss cat food to help cats lose weight.
This article will introduce you to the weight ranges of 10 common breeds of cats, teach you how to observe whether cats are obese, and provide knowledge about three ways to help cats lose weight.
The weight range of 10 common breeds of cats
Body shape: big cat, larger than normal cats
Adult weight: 6-10kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 3kg
2.American shorthair cat
Body shape: slim, medium and large cat
Adult weight: 5-7kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 3kg
3.British shorthair cat
Body shape: fat body, medium body shape
Adult weight: 3.5-5.5kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 2-2.2kg
4.Meeks cat (Chinese pastoral cat)
Body shape: Slender body, medium body type
Adult weight: 3-5.5kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 1.7-2kg
Body shape: Big cat
Adult weight: 7kg-12kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 2.2-3kg
6.Berman cat (Maine Coon cat)
Body shape: medium to large cats, longer body shape
Adult weight: 5-8kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 2.7-3kg
Body shape: Petite, the smallest cat
Adult weight: 1.7-2.7kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 300-800g
8.Russian blue cat
Body shape: slender and elegant, small cats
Adult weight: 3-5.5kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 0.5-1kg
Body shape: medium
Adult weight: 3.5-6kg
Weight of 4-month-old kitten:1.2-2kg
Body shape: large cat with sturdy limbs
Adult weight: 5-10kg
4-month-old kitten weight: 1.5-2kg
How to check if the cat’s weight is normal
1.Observe the cat’s body shape
The body shape of a cat with short hair can be seen by the naked eye. If the cat’s pelvic bones and ribs can be clearly seen, and the belly has obvious depressions, it means that the cat is very thin. If the belly has a slight depression, then the cat is thinner at this time. If the cat’s belly is prominent, and you can see from the top of the cat that the cat’s body is narrow on both sides and wide in the middle, then the cat is already overweight.
The body of a normal-weight cat is seen from the top, the body is symmetrical, and the belly will not have obvious protrusion or depression from the side.
2.Touch the cat’s ribs and pelvis with your hands
If the cat’s hair is relatively long, it is difficult to observe the cat’s body shape with the naked eye. At this time, we can gently touch the cat’s pelvis and ribs. If the cat’s pelvis and ribs feel thick to the touch, but can easily feel the outline of the skeleton, then the cat’s weight is considered normal.
Weighing can accurately know whether the cat is overweight. If the cat’s body shape looks normal, but the weight exceeds the standard value, it does not matter. This may be because the cat likes sports very much and has more muscles.
Disadvantages of obese cats
If cats are overweight and look obese, you have to pay special attention, because obesity can cause cats to get diabetes, high blood pressure, organ diseases and other related diseases, and it will put more stress on the cat’s skeleton.
What should I do if the cat’s weight is abnormal?
1.The cat is overweight
- Breathing faster than normal cats
- Don’t like activities
- Lack of vitality
- The fed cat food has high energy content and poor satiety
- Bad eating habits, such as eating too much at once
- After sterilization, energy consumption suddenly decreases
- The cat is very lazy and does not like to exercise or interact
- The body’s metabolism slows down with age
- Replace cat food with weight management prescription food
- Guide the cat to exercise more
- Feed regularly and reduce the amount of feed
2.The cat is underweight
- The body is thin and the skeleton is visible to the naked eye
- Drowsy and grumpy
- The amount of cat’s eat and drink become less
- Picky eat
- Body diseases cause cats to refuse to eat
- Not sterilized and not mating for a long time
- Take the cat to the hospital for sterilization
- Replace the food with cat food that is high in nutrients and that cats like to eat
- Take the cat to the hospital for physical examination
3.Cat weight changes greatly in a short period of time
- Bad mental state
- Suddenly become lethargic
- Weight loss very fast
Diseases like acute renal failure can make the cat very uncomfortable and make its mental state poor. Acute renal failure can cause cats to have symptoms such as refusal to eat, diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, which will eventually lead to the cat’s weight loss rapidly.
You should send the cat to the hospital for diagnosis in time. If the cat is dehydrated, also should give it an intravenous injection to help it rehydrate. In short, early detection and early treatment will have a higher cure rate.