How Much Weight Should A Cat Lose Per Month
If you’ve ever said, “My cat could stand to lose a few pounds…”, then you’re not alone. Obesity is a huge problem in kitties these days, just like it is with people. (Check out our guide to weight loss for cats if you need more info on feline obesity and why it’s bad.)
Thankfully, there are things you can do to help your overweight cat shed some pounds. You’ll have to work together with your veterinarian and be patient (after all, no one wants their kitty to be unhealthy or unhappy), but it is possible that your fat cat will become fit through diet and exercise! But let’s say that you’ve been able to get your cat on the right track for losing weight. Now what? Let’s take a look at what a healthy target weight loss might be from month-to-month so that you can keep up the good work and get your cat nice and trim.
If you or your vet thinks your cat needs to shed a few pounds, you should fill out a body condition score chart together.
If you or your vet thinks your cat needs to shed a few pounds, you should fill out a body condition score chart together. With this simple tool, you can assess the health and weight of your furry friend and decide what steps need to be taken next.
To get started, simply find a blank body condition score chart online (there are many available) or print one out from our website. You can then give yourself or your vet a copy so that each party has information on hand when discussing nutrition or exercise programs with one another.
The first step in filling out the chart is determining how much of an issue it is for your cat’s weight issues whether he/she is overweight or underweight . If you’re not sure where to start, ask yourself these questions: Does my pet look like it has too much fat? Or does he/she have too little muscle mass? The answers may help give some indication as to whether we are dealing with an overweight animal or underweight one. After determining which category applies most accurately here’s what we do next – we take measurements around certain key areas including chest (between ribs), belly (over hip bones), back legs (thighs), neck collarbone area and tail base area.”
What You Need to Know About Weight Loss in Cats
When it comes to cats, weight loss can be tricky. Unlike humans, cats have a higher level of lean muscle mass, which means they’re more efficient at burning calories than we are. Additionally, their metabolism is faster than ours so they burn more energy even when resting. All this means that if your cat has gained weight over time and you’ve tried to help them lose it by restricting their food intake or exercising them with an activity tracker (like our favorite FitBark), you’re probably feeling frustrated with the amount of progress you’ve made thus far!
A simple way to monitor your cat’s body condition score (BCS) is by using a 1-10 scale: generally speaking:
- A BCS between 5 and 6 indicates that your feline friend is overweight
- A BCS between 7 and 8 indicates obesity
Make Sure Your Cat is Healthy First
As mentioned above, it is crucial that your cat is healthy before you begin any weight loss regimen. If your cat has been diagnosed with a disease or illness, talk to your vet about how much weight they should lose per month. You may need to put the weight loss on hold until they are healthy again.
How Quickly Should Your Cat Lose Weight?
- If your cat’s current body weight is between 4 and 7 pounds, they can lose 1% of their body weight per week.
- If your cat’s current body weight is between 7 and 12 pounds, they can lose 0.5% of their body weight per week.
- If your cat’s current body weight is between 12 and 15 pounds, they can lose 0.25% of their body weight per week.
Managing Your Cat’s Obesity
- Ensure your cat is getting enough nutrition. While it’s possible for your cat to lose weight without slowing down his or her metabolism, he or she will need to eat fewer calories in order to do so. This can be done by giving smaller portions of food. If you have a large breed cat, you may need to cut back on the portions even more than if you had a small breed because they have larger bodies and thus require more food overall.
- Make sure your cat has regular access to water throughout the day. One way of ensuring this happens is by putting water bowls throughout the house so that your cat doesn’t have far to go when he or she wants some liquid refreshment! And remember: it’s not just about keeping hydrated; water also helps cats feel full faster—so try mixing in some wet food with dry kibble if it’ll help slow down mealtime!
- Keep an eye on how much exercise he/she gets each day/weekend (or whatever time frame fits bests), as well as how much activity there is at home during those times too – especially around dinnertime since cats usually sleep longer after eating which means more calories burned than usual!
Weight loss needs to be controlled and careful, but it’s possible to get your plump cat down to a more healthy weight.
The secret to losing weight safely and healthily is to keep your cat on a strict diet of only soft, wet food. These foods will have all the nutrients she needs, but won’t provide any unnecessary calories. This can be done by buying a special diet for cats that are overweight, or making sure that you only give her wet food from now on. Another way to make sure your cat loses weight in this manner is to limit her intake of treats (if you give them at all).
As far as exercise goes, cats don’t need much! They’re naturally active animals who don’t require any extra motivation when it comes to moving around or playing with toys. You might want to help them get some extra exercise by encouraging them outside every few days during the warmer months so they can run around and hunt birds or small rodents—the more activity they get outside, the more calories they’ll burn up!
What Is Weight Loss In A Cat?
Many house cats are relatively sedentary and perhaps a little overweight making fluctuations in weight unnoticeable. Moreover, you may be thrilled that your cat is finally losing some of that belly fat your veterinarian is always talking about. Pets that go in and out of the house may lose weight; It escapes notice because of a heavy fur coat.
Know When Enough Is Enough
If your cat is losing weight and you do not have her on a diet, you should immediately take notice. While weight loss in cats is not always serious, you must start thinking about it analytically.
- Start tracking your cat’s weight with a scale; Schedule regular weekly weight checks with your veterinarian if necessary.
- Monitor your cat’s appetite. Did he stop eating? Is he eating less than usual? Is he perhaps eating more than normal? If your cat feeds free choice, you may not immediately notice changes in appetite.
- Have you experienced any major changes such as moving, having a baby, or other events that might be stressful for your kitty?
- Has your cat’s behavior changed? Does he seem more lethargic, dull, or hyper? Has his voice changed?
Once you begin monitoring your pet, you can assess if your cat is displaying symptoms of a disease process. You can also objectively determine how much weight your cat is losing and how significant or serious it is.
A twenty percent loss in body mass may not be much for a huge Maine Coon. On the other hand, if your diminutive six-pound Devon Rex loses ten percent of his weight, it might be devastating.
Develop Skills To Assess Body Condition
Even without immediate access to a scale, you can become adept at checking your cat’s body condition score. If you think your cat is losing too much weight, you can confirm or deny it. Maybe you want your cat to slim down. You can assess her progress without always having to weigh her.
A scale gives you an objective way to measure weight loss, but body condition allows you to be aware of subtle changes more quickly.
Find a quiet place to evaluate your cat. Perform all steps systematically although they do not have to be in a particular order.
- Look down at your cat – This is the best way to assess your cat’s waist
- Look at your cat from the side
- Pet your cat – Feel for the prominence of ribs and spine
- Get a feel for how much muscle and fat your cat has and make a mental note
The ideal body condition of a cat is straightforward once you conduct your assessment.
- The waist is obvious but not extreme – Slight hourglass shape or subtle indentation from the ribs to where abdomen prepares to join hips
- Slight abdominal tuck – Abdomen rises minimally from the end of ribs to the hips; Nothing approaching the abdominal tuck on some deep-chested dogs
- Spine and pelvic bones are not easily visualized, even on a hairless cat
- Ribs should be easy to feel under a thin layer of muscle but never visible, even on short-haired cats
- A small amount of abdominal fat is ideal
If your cat’s ribs are visible or seem prominent as you pass your hands down your cat’s sides, she is too thin. If you can see every vertebra or the hip bones stick out too much, your cat may be experiencing severe weight loss.
Experts use a standard numerical grading system. According to the VCA, there are two acceptable scoring systems. One uses nine classifications and the other only five.
Nine Point Body Score System
- BS1 – Emaciated, severely underweight
- BS2 – Extremely thin
- BS3 – Too thin
- BS4 – Underweight; some sources rate BS4/9 as ideal, others put ideal as starting at BS4.5/9
- BS5 – Ideal
- BS6 – Overweight
- BS7 – Heavy
- BS8 – Obese
- BS9 – Severe obesity
The five-point system is very similar with a smaller range for the categories. As cats become underweight, their ribs become more easily felt and then increasingly visible. Likewise, the spine and pelvic bones become more and more visible as animals lose condition and correspondingly, fat and muscle.
It’s possible for your chubby cat to safely lose weight, but you need to be careful about how much and how quickly they shed the pounds. Depending on their age and health, you may want to consult a veterinarian before putting them on a diet. If you’re concerned about your cat’s weight, get your vet to fill out a body condition score chart with you so that they can help guide you through the proper steps towards getting their weight under control—before it becomes an even bigger issue. Keep in mind that this isn’t just something that humans need to worry about, because cats can also have high blood pressure or diabetes as well!