How Much Should An Adult Male Cat Weigh

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If you are concerned about your cat’s weight or diet, or if you want to know if your cat is healthy, tell your vet.

How Much Should An Adult Male Cat Weigh

How Much Should An Adult Male Cat Weigh

Many cats are overweight or obese. A review published in the journal Medicine and Surgery by Catherine Michel and Margie Sherk summarizes the problem and steps to help cats lose weight.

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Their book begins by addressing the serious health problems caused by overweight and obesity: Obese cats are four times more likely to develop diabetes than normal weight cats, and are more likely to suffer from other problems such as urinary tract infections and senility.

They found that just ten pieces of chewing gum a day is more than a cat needs and can gain 12% of its weight in a year.

How much should a cat weigh? Many owners are not very good at recognizing when their cat is overweight. A typical cat should weigh around 4.5 kg (10 lbs).

Michel and Sherk adapted data from the Pet Obesity Prevention Association to measure cat weight relative to human proportions. For example, a cat that weighs 6.8 kg – about 50% more – equates to 98.9 kg (218 lbs) for a 5’4″ female, or 115.2 kg (254 lbs) for a 5’9″ male.

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In addition to using a regular scale, you should also consider the shape of the cat. The waist should look like a belly, and you should feel the cat’s bones.

So what should you do if your cat is overweight or obese? Portion control is obviously part of the solution.

Portion Control for Overweight and Obese Cats Overweight cats should have a regular diet, but overweight cats and cats should be given a special weight loss diet to ensure they are getting enough nutrition. Ask your veterinarian for advice.

How Much Should An Adult Male Cat Weigh

Most people use approximate measurements for food, and standard cup sizes or serving sizes are best. When the scientists asked dog owners to measure portions of crabs using a 1-cup food scoop, 2-cup food scoop, or 2-cup liquid container, they found that the amount of food they produced varied very little (Coe et al 2019). Additionally, while 1 in 5 participants had a scale at home that they used for their food, only 1 in 50 used it to measure dog food. However, after seeing their measurement errors, most said they would probably use the scale in the future.

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Because cats eat less food than most dogs, they can be affected by insufficient food. Using a bowl or measuring cup that’s not too big, but the right size for the portion you need will help with accuracy. But measuring their food with a scale is the best way to measure cat food.

Keeping a diary of everything your cat eats will help you stick to your plan. Don’t forget to have products designed for dental health as they contain calories.

Michelle and Sherksay You can continue to give cat treats because it makes the cat happy, but to account for the calories in the treat, you need to reduce the amount of cat treats.

“Ten extra chews a day can cause a cat to gain 12% more weight in a year than it needs.”

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Don’t give up on helping your cat, cats need about 60-70% of the calories they need to lose weight. Losing weight below normal has health benefits, so owners of overweight cats shouldn’t despair—they can still make a difference.

It may help to know that weight loss slows down after a while (AAHA 2014). This is normal and does not mean you have failed.

If you want to help your cat lose weight, talk to your vet for help. Don’t forget to celebrate small successes along the way.

How Much Should An Adult Male Cat Weigh

How to Feed Cats Michelle and Sherk also suggest other steps that can make a difference in weight loss, such as feeding your cat with a device that requires some work: food puzzle toys for cats.

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There are many perforated containers on the market designed just for this purpose, or you can make your own using plastic beverage bottles. My favorite is the Egg-Cersizer

Cardboard tubes – like toilet paper, can be tied together with food inside so the cat can reach it.

Another good idea is to keep a portion of the cat’s daily food in a small tray or cake box around the house so that the cat has to hunt for some of its food.

Playing with your cat can help her maintain a healthy weight. Photo: Tony Campbell/Shutterstock

Ideal Cat Weight

These methods are considered environmental enrichment for the cat, and other enrichment activities help the cat to exercise.

The American Feline Medical Association guidelines provide several recommendations for feeding cats that are appropriate for cats of normal weight and overweight or obese cats. Recommendations on how to feed cats include giving cats regular, small meals, using food toys, and keeping food and water separate.

Cat Exercise and Stimulation For example, play interactive games with your cat, such as chasing a toy or laser beam (always recommend putting a light on the toy at the end so the cat gets something and doesn’t get frustrated).

How Much Should An Adult Male Cat Weigh

Cats can also be encouraged to use walkers, or wear harnesses and harnesses like this cat harness for walks.

Average Cat Weight

There is some evidence that cat owners are more likely to be overweight than humans. This comes from a survey of 120 cat owners by German Cat and Bergler (2006). This study looked at cats that did not roam free (ie indoors or had access to an enclosed balcony/garden). A queen weighing less than 4kg or a tom weighing less than 5kg and weighing more than 5kg or 6kg respectively.

Overweight cat owners may say that they have a close relationship with their cat and that it comforts and inspires them. They may also say that the cat is like a child to them. When both owners talk to their cats, overweight cat owners are more likely to talk to their cats about topics related to friends, family, or work.

Owners of overweight cats see their cats eating more, which suggests that food plays a big role in their relationship. Owners of normal weight cats play more with their cats.

Michelle and Sherk concluded that it is important to consider the cat owner when discussing a cat weight loss program.

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The value of encouraging other ‘minds’ – things that make people feel good about their interactions with cats, such as playing with toys and a sense of pride in achieving weight loss goals – cannot be understated. Positive feedback from the elderly population (external community) and self-generated is critical to the success of a weight loss program. “Monitor Your Cat’s Weight Michelle and Sherk’s best book is aimed at animals, but it has lots of advice on how to help the general pet. If you’re concerned about your cat’s weight or diet, talk to your vet.

Do you care about your cat’s weight? And, do you have any tips for losing weight in cats?

If you enjoyed this post, check out my book Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. Modern Cat Magazine calls it “the indispensable guide to improving your cat’s life.”

How Much Should An Adult Male Cat Weigh

Zazie Todd, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of: Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Smelling: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. He is the founder of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, and has a column in Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC with her husband, one dog and two cats.

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