Q. My spayed,indoor cat is 5 years old.She weighs 10.3 and eats a measured 210 calories of UR food daily. Does she sound over weight to you?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. 10.3 sounds very large for a domestic cat, unless she is specifically a giant breed such as a maine coone etc. There are some very good body condition score guides which help us assess weight issues in our patients (Royal Canin and Hills food companies both publish online resources for such). Main points of focus are a large abdominal fat pad hanging loose under a cats belly, whether the ribs can be felt easily, fat pockets either side of the tail and loss of an hourglass figure or 'waist' behind the ribs. Many veterinary clinics run free weight management checks and clinics. It may be that you can reduce her food intake or you may have to change to a lower calorie version, active playtime with treatballs, chasing food around the house or lazer pointer games can all help to increase activity levels. Excess weight risks complication similar to people with joint, diabetes, increased risk of tumors and cardiac/respiratory issues all being more common in overweight cats