Obesity is becoming an increasingly common problem for our cats.

Currently, in the United States, veterinarians estimate that about 60 percent of the feline patients seen are either overweight or obese. Even more alarming is the fact that many cat owners fail to recognize that their cats are overweight.

October 9th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, but obesity is a problem for our pets all year long. It’s important to learn the causes, the ways to spot the problem, and how to fight obesity to keep our cats healthy.

Here’s what you should know about feline obesity and what to do if your cat is overweight.

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight

Cats who are not overweight have an ideal body condition. These cats’ ribs can be felt without a pad of fat between the skin and ribcage, and they have a waist when viewed from above.

If you cannot feel your cat’s ribs or see your cat’s waist, your cat is likely overweight or obese.

If in doubt, your veterinarian can help you determine whether your cat is at the proper weight.

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