Cats vary in size among individuals and breeds. Observing and feeling a cat’s body are useful tools in assessing the body condition.
IS YOUR CAT IN IDEAL BODY CONDITION?
- A cat’s body condition is considered ideal when they have a well-proportioned figure.
- You should be able to observe a “waist” behind the ribs when the cat is viewed from above.
Any loss in muscle mass may diminish physical strength, motor coordination and result in a weakened immune system.
UNDERFEDRibs are highly visible. Increase the amount you’re feeding. After 2 or 3 weeks compare again. Adjust until your cat exhibits an ideal body condition.
IDEAL BODY CONDITIONYou can feel and see the outline of the ribs. Cat has a waist when viewed from above. Belly is tucked up when viewed from side. Maintain current feeding.