How Heavy Should My Cat Be?

Cat weight control
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How much should my cat weigh?

More than half of all pets in the United States are overweight or obese!

Is it dangerous for a cat to be fat?

An overweight cat will struggle with day-to-day living, be more likely to suffer from certain health conditions, and will have a shorter life than if they were a healthy weight.

Is my cat too fat?

How heavy should my cat be to get pregnant?

Since there is so much individual variation in weight between cats, the best way to tell if a cat is a healthy weight is to use ‘Body Condition Scoring’ (BCS).

What to do if your cat is overweight

If your cat is found to be overweight or obese, you will need to start a weight loss program.

Final thoughts

  • FAQ

This will depend on the breed since different breeds will have a different range of healthy weights. For an average Domestic Shorthair (DSH) or moggy, 12lb (5.4kg) is overweight, since their normal range is considered around 8- 10lb (3.6-4.4kg). 

Body condition scoring is a good way to determine if your cat is a healthy weight, and you can ask your veterinary team for advice.

The exact number will vary depending on the individual cat and their breed. You should be able to feel their ribs easily, with a slight fat covering over the top, so the ribs aren’t sticking out. If you look at your cat from above and the side, you should be able to see a slight waist behind their ribs.

If you can’t easily feel their ribs, or they have no waist, then they are too heavy!

This varies between breeds, for example, a Maine Coon can weigh as much as 25lb! The average Domestic Shorthair (DSH) should weigh around 8.4 – 10lb (3.8-4.5kg).

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