Unlike in the wild, your cat relies on you to feed her a balanced diet to stay healthy. While it might be hard to resist her pleading, and treats may be a part of her playtime, do occasionally check her weight and do not over-indulge.
Get on the scale
Weigh yourself first. Then, step on the scales while holding your cat in your hands. The difference between the two weights will give you her weight.
Check her shape
Standing above her, look for a slight “waist”, behind the ribs. If you place your hands around her upper waist, you should be able to feel the ribs. Check for pouches of tubbiness in the groin area or under her belly. If you can feel her ribs when you place both hands on her sides, she’s okay. However, if the ribs are sticking out, she’s too thin.
If your cat is overweight
- Your vet will be able to recommend a diet plan.
- Let her eat little and often - give her four small meals a day instead of two big ones. Avoid giving her treats and table snacks.
- Give her plenty of exercise with short bursts of playful activity, while gradually extending her playtime.
If your cat is under-weight
Take her to the vet for a health check-up and to get recommendations on feeding and diet. If her health still doesn’t improve, take her to the vet for a follow-up.