We've talked before about how to help your dog lose weight. However, dogs aren't the only pets that need to worry about putting on the pounds. Your feline friends can also get a little chunky if they pick up unhealthy habits. As a pet parent, it's up to you to maintain proper wellness for your cats. Part of that can be handled through a good cat wellness plan. However, you also have a responsibility to help your cat stay trim.

How Do I Tell If My Cat Is Overweight?

Do you want a sure fire way to tell if your cat is overweight? Easy - go ask a veterinarian! They'll have the best information on the optimal weight for your cat breed. But we do know something: it takes a while to get an appointment to see your Veterinarian.

If you’re still waiting a while until your next veterinarian visit, there are some quick and easy home tests you can do to see if your cat is a little bit overweight. The most common test you'll hear about online is the "rib rub." Simply run your hands along your cat's sides. You should feel only a thin layer of skin between your cat's ribs and fur. Think about how thick the skin on the back of your hand is. If you feel more than that, your cat might have too much extra padding.

You can also try a visual check. When viewed from above, most cats have an "indentation" around their waist. If you can't spot where their hips are, it could mean that they've gotten too round. Of course, this might be hard if you have a particularly furry cat!

Why is Being Overweight a Problem for Cats?

Being overweight implies a host of health issues for humans. Cats often have close to the same risks. Larger cats can be more prone to heart disease, skin conditions, urinary tract infections, arthritis, inflammation, or diabetes. A plump cat will simply be demanding more from your cat wellness plan.

There's also an overall reduction in happiness for the cat from being overweight. Larger cats can't play and exercise as easily as they like and may have more trouble grooming themselves. Being obese can reduce the life expectancy of a cat and their quality of life.

Why is My Cat Obese?

Cats became overweight for pretty straightforward reasons. They're either getting too much food or not enough exercise. In worst-case scenarios, both are true.

Sometimes you can keep your cat's food and exercise routine the same but still notice they are gaining weight. As cats go through the stages of their life, their requirements for nutrition and exercise can change. An older cat that is not as active likely won't need as many calories as a younger feline.

How Can I Help My Cat Shed The Pounds?

The best tactic to help your cat lose weight is to start with their food. By changing up their food type and quantity, you can enable them to drop the pounds. This will then encourage them to get more exercise. It's rarely a good idea to simply reduce the amount of food altogether. This could go too far and lead to malnutrition. You merely want to find a food that works better for your cat's current age and activity level.

Sounds complicated? With a Wagmo Pet Wellness Plan, you can get your regular vet check-ups covered. Your cat wellness plan will give you the confidence that you can rely on an expert opinion on feline dietary needs when you need it.