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Facts About Cat Obesity

Obesity is one of the TOP HEALTH RISKS in America*

58% of cats in America are overweight or obese*


Overweight and obese cats have an increased risk of:*
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing Problems
  • Osteoarthritis Pain
  • Shortened Life Expectancy
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Kidney Disease

1 extra pound to a cat can be the equivalent to more than 20 pounds for a person*

Why are our cats getting overweight?

Factors that cause obesity in pets:

  • Access to too much food
  • Poor quality food
  • Too many treats
  • Not enough exercise or play time

Healthy-weight pets can live up to 2.5 years longer than overweight pets

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For a cat with an ideal weight of 10 pounds, each extra pound is equivalent to about an extra 15 pounds for a 5'9" man.**

For a cat that would weigh 5 pounds, these double to an extra 30 pounds for a 5'9" man.**

What the ideal weight looks like

Ideal Cat Weight iconIdeal Cat Weight icon

  • Your cat's face should appear slim with a clear bone structure.
  • You should see a clear definition between your cat's head and neck.
  • Your cat's ribs should be easily felt when you gently pat their side.
  • Your cat's abdomen should be slightly slimmer than the chest and hips.
  • See our breed information to find out the ideal weight for your cat's breed.

Cats can be weighed at home by holding them with you on a scale, then subtracting your weight from the total. Talk with your veterinarian to find out if your cat is overweight and get a recommended weight management plan.

* Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
** "Obesity Facts & Risks" Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

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