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How do I know if my cat is overweight?

Perhaps it’s time to accept the fact that your cat is overweight. After all, it’s estimated that more than 30% of cats in the country are (SOURCE FOR SWEDEN – INSERT INFO TO MATCH LOCAL COUNTRY WHEN TRANSLATED). But what does overweight mean when we talk about cats and what can you do about it?

OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE?

Overweight is defined as 10‒19% over ideal body weight, whereas obesity is defined as 20% or more over ideal body weight. So, in an eight-pound cat, a gain of only 13 ounces means she’s overweight. Just that little extra weight can put your cat at risk of the following diseases, as well as other problems:

Apart from just looking at the weight, a vet can also use a tool called The Body Score Index. The Body Score Index enables the vet to look at the cat in profile and from above as well as valuing the fat deposits and muscle mass in selected areas, by feeling through the body. This method does not take into account racial standards, but strictly observes what is healthy and not.  The BSC offers a nine-digit scale, where a number between 1 and 3 means that the pet is skinny, 4 to 5 is ideal, 6 is overweight and 7-9 is seen as obese. If the pet gets a body condition score of 6 or above, it should be put on a proper diet to help with weight loss.

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THE BIGGEST REASON IS YOU

The knowledge about various aspects of obesity is high. So why are so many animals overweight? Studies have shown that the problem in 98 percent of cases is caused by the the owner. Wrong choice of feed, too many goodies and too little activity and exercise. One of the biggest problems is that many people can’t or don’t want to recognize the problems of obesity in their pet. If you have trouble with determining whether your cat is healthy or not, ask a friend or a family member to take an extra look. Even better, take your cat to the vet to have it examined according to muscle and fat deposits according to the Body Condition Score.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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