How to prevent obesity in kittens
The change in the power plan is carried out gradually. Experts advise to extend the transition to a diet for 7-14 days. If the kitten does not receive the usual food for 3 days, and the new food does not suit his taste, the period of forced fasting can affect the liver. The best way to transfer an animal to a new food system is to gradually, in small portions, replace the usual food with a dietary one.
Important! To prevent the kitten from overeating, portions must be dosed, and feeding must be carried out strictly by the hour. If food is at the disposal of the animal all the time, it will be difficult for the owner to keep track of exactly how much the baby eats and at what time.
After filling the bowl with food, it is left for about 20 minutes, and then removed until the next meal. If the cat has already reached adulthood, it is recommended to give food 3-4 times a day during the first week, and 2-3 times a day during the second week. Ultimately, the daily dose is divided into 2 doses.
Serving sizes vary by feed and calorie content. The animal should receive the recommended daily dose corresponding to its weight (indicated on the package).
In the first week of life, the weight of a Bengal kitten can reach 250 g, and after another three weeks the baby will weigh from 400 to 500 g. A three-month-old teenager weighs about a kilogram.
Bengal kitten at 3 months reaches 1 kg
Bengalis are quite a weighty breed, but they are never fat. Kittens are very mobile and energetic, run a lot, are always in excellent physical shape, although they look plump and even overfed. They owe their appearance to natural muscularity.
Note! The weight of a Bengal kitten depends to the greatest extent on the development of its muscular system. We must not forget that Bengalis are large-boned animals.
On the 7-8th day of life, 70-gram babies already weigh 110-150 g. When they are two weeks old, their weight will increase to 210-420 g. The specific weight depends on gender, health status and the number of kittens in the litter.
How does a kitten’s weight change as it grows
If babies are healthy, they will gain weight daily. A day after birth (second weighing), the weight of newborns, if they are not sick, will increase by at least 8-10 g. By the second day of life, the strongest kittens gain 14 g in weight. If the baby, whose birth weight was correct, during the second day of life did not gain at least 7 g, this should alert the breeder.
A newborn baby should weigh up to 170 g
During the first week of life, a newborn’s weight can double.
Important! The kitten, which lived for 10 days and recovered by 168-174 g, passed the first critical line. The bulk of newborns die during this period. Lack of breast milk is almost always the cause of death.
Feeding kittens is carried out around the clock with an interval of two hours. When eating, the kitten should lie on its stomach. It is unacceptable to feed the baby with adult food, for example, cow’s or goat’s milk. This can cause diarrhea and, as a result, weight loss and life threatening. Also, the breeder should weigh the kittens daily and record the indicators.
Representatives of this species need high-calorie food to avoid hypothermia. The weight of females that have reached the age of 8-9 months can reach 3-4 kg. Males weigh 4 to 5 kg.
The Sphinx needs to be fed a special diet
Sphynx kittens are not weaned from their mother until they are one month old. During this period, they feed on her milk.
Kitten weighing rules
Weigh the kittens every day. If they look healthy, once is enough. Sick newborns, as well as those whose birth weight was less than 80 g, are weighed twice a day. The weakest and most susceptible to diseases babies are usually born in large litters (5 or more kittens).
Important! Experts recommend weighing in at the same time to get the best idea of how newborns are gaining weight. Without this, the breeder will not be able to determine the amount of additional food. Overfeeding kittens is just as difficult as underfeeding.
During the weighing session, the mother-cat must be kept near the kittens so that she can see what is happening with her children. Excessive excitement can negatively affect the quality of breast milk. To draw up the most accurate picture of the growing up of kittens, experts advise:
- to mark identical kittens with multi-colored food dyes. This will make it easier to identify them. The tags will have to be periodically updated, since the cat, licking the babies, will wash them off;
- use electronic kitchen scales as accurate as possible;
- record weighing results.
Siberian kittens are born with a weight of 60-130 g. Girls and the weakest newborns weigh less, boys, as well as kittens born at the beginning of the litter, have the greatest weight. During the first month of life, their weight daily increases by 12-15 g.
The weight of a 3-month-old male can reach 1.8 kg. The female at this age weighs about one and a half kilograms. When the kittens are six months old, the male will weigh approximately 2.9 kg, and the female 2.3 kg.
What determines the size and weight of a Chihuahua?
Buying a Chihuahua puppy, it looks impossible to understand what kind of adult he will become. There are too many factors on which the final result of the size and weight of dogs of this breed depends. Let us list the main ones and briefly describe the degree of influence on the size of an individual individual. The standards do not apply to the growth of adults, but the general indicators range from 18 to 25 centimeters. The weight of pets is controlled more strictly, for participation in exhibitions the maximum weight indicator is 3 kilograms, all dogs over this indicator are not allowed to participate.
There are general standard indicators that help owners determine the normal development of their puppies, but do not forget that each dog has its own individual characteristics, including the totality of genetics (up to five generations), food, and habitat. Mini Chihuahuas can give birth to mini and standard puppies, like a standard female.
- Puppy weight at birth. This indicator is one of the main ones by which you can preliminarily determine the weight of a puppy in adulthood. Below is a table by which you can present the approximate dimensions of your pet, if you know with what weight he was born (by type and weight).
|Puppy weight at birth||Puppy weight at birth||Puppy weight at birth||Puppy weight at birth|
|70. 80 grams||90. 120 grams||125. 130 grams||145. 170 grams|
|Type: dwarf||Type: small||Type: medium||Type: large|
|Adult dog weight: 1. 1.4 kg||Adult dog weight: 1.7. 1.9 kg||Adult dog weight: 2.1. 2.3 kg||Adult dog weight: 2.5. 3.0 kg|
There is an approximate table indicating the norms of weight by week:
- 1st week. from 100 to 270 grams;
- 3rd week. from 170 to 500 grams;
- 6th week. from 255 to 765 grams;
- 8th week. from 310 to 950 grams;
- 10th week. from 370 grams to 1.07 kilograms;
- 15th week. from 540 grams to 1.5 kilograms;
- 24th week. from 740 grams to 2.2 kilograms;
- 1 year and 6 months. from 908 grams to 3 kilograms.
It should be understood that the weight table has relative indicators, so you should not limit puppies from a balanced diet, trying to achieve a minimum weight. Perhaps a sneeze puppy is large to avoid disease. It is worthwhile to properly monitor the health of the puppies, they need normal nutrition for healthy growth.
- Weight by month. If there is no data on birth weight, but the date of birth of the puppy is known, then the following table will help, which determines the estimated type of size and weight of an adult animal, depending on its development (weight) by months after birth.
|Age||Type: dwarf||Type: small||Type: medium||Type: large|
|1 month||200. 230 grams||270. 370 grams||455. 485 grams||540. 650 grams|
|2 months||315. 455 grams||550. 610 grams||680. 764 grams||825. 1050 grams|
|3 months||425. 540 grams||625. 855 grams||940. 1050 grams||1.17. 1.4 kg|
|4 months||570. 710 grams||855. 1110 grams||1.25. 1.39 kg||1.54. 1.82 kg|
|5 months||680. 855 grams||995. 1116 grams||1.48. 1.65 kg||1.82. 2.15 kg|
|6 months||745. 945 grams||1.11. 1.45 kg||1.65. 1.85 kg||2.02. 2.41 kg|
|Adult dog (1.5 years old)||1.0. 1.2 kg||1.4. 1.9 kg||2.1. 2.3 kg||2.5. 3.0 kg|
Referring to the data in the table, one should, of course, take into account that its indicators are standard requirements for the breed, but they cannot predict 100% how a dog will look at 18 months of age, when its growth and formation of the whole organism ends. from character before physical development. True, the breeders are sure that the growth of puppies of this breed stops already at 8 or 9 months, and after that it builds up muscle mass for several months in order to have its final adult appearance by the year after birth.
- The growth of a normally developed dog in adulthood is from 18 to 25 centimeters, and the best weight is considered to be 1.5-2 kg, although the breed standards allow for a weight of up to 3 kg. A weight over 3 kg indicates an obese dog.
- Pedigree indicators. An important factor that significantly determines the development of puppies from birth. This indicator can affect the offspring even after 5 generations. Therefore, when choosing a puppy to participate in various exhibitions, you should carefully study his pedigree.
- The number of puppies in the litter, among which your pupil was born. Here everything is inversely proportional. the larger the litter, the less the weight of each puppy, and vice versa. But with good care and proper feeding, puppies will begin to develop fully in accordance with the characteristics inherent in their genes. You can more reliably judge how puppies will grow up at the age of 3 months. Until that time, even the sickest puppies from a large litter should achieve good performance if they have excellent health and excellent pedigree.
- Care and feeding. The conditions of keeping and feeding significantly affect the health of puppies, determining their condition and development. Given the miniature size of Chihuahua dogs, it is necessary to create special. one might say, gentle. conditions for these babies. And organize feeding according to all the necessary norms, while carefully monitoring their development: control weight gain. every week in the first month of life, monthly. in other periods of their growth up to 18 months of life. According to experts, from 3 to 12 months of age, the weight gain of normally developing puppies should, on average, be at least 80-100 grams per month. After a year of life, weight gain drops sharply.
What to do if puppy development is lagging behind?
If there are deviations in the height and weight of the puppy from the breed standards, then in cases where the weight exceeds the norm, it is not worth doing anything before its 12 months of age. Even with a significant excess of weight, this is not scary, most likely, everything will return to normal when the puppy is fully formed like an adult dog. This is not uncommon in Chihuahuas.
If, on the contrary, the puppy lags behind in weight from the lowest thresholds of its type, then you should assess the situation and find the cause of the deviations with the help of a veterinarian. Common reasons for this are as follows:
- gastrointestinal diseases;
- intolerance to any food components;
- oppression of the pet by other puppies or animals;
- congenital diseases;
- lack of attention from the owner and other family members;
- the presence of worms and insects.
Having identified the cause, you should eliminate it, if this is possible, or reconcile and surround your pet even more with your attention and care.
Breed history and characteristics
Compared to other miniature dogs, Chihuahuas were born naturally rather than through selection. The roots of this breed stretch back to the time of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, where dogs were considered sacred, and only the nobility had the right to keep them. On the territory of modern Mexico, archaeological scientists constantly stumble upon ancient images of this breed and find the bones of miniature dogs. In those days they were called techichi.
After the destruction of ancient civilizations, poor dogs were considered a delicacy and hunted. The animals were forced to leave for the woods. And only a few centuries later, European sailors began to import this breed to Europe, after which breeders appeared with the further sale of puppies.
Due to the natural appearance of the Chihuahua breed, it does not have genetic pathologies and other abnormalities, it is distinguished by its resistance and good immunity. All thanks to natural selection and wild wandering life.
Despite the difficulty, imagine this situation, but Chihuahuas are tamed wild dogs.
Mini Chihuahuas at birth most often weigh about 80 grams, and standard type puppies weigh between 80 and 120 grams. Heavy-weight puppies are medium to large types of this breed. It may depend on the number of puppies in the litter. If a female has delivered between one and three puppies, then sneezes are likely to be medium to large. Larger litters mean less weight per puppy.
The growth and weight stop in puppies occurs at 8 months, and reliable predictions can be made when the brood is 3 months old. By this time, the puppies are gaining most of their weight. Chihuahua puppies have excess body fat, which helps to avoid many diseases.
Excessive weight in puppies is not a cause for concern, since over time, when they become stronger, the necessary harmony and the correct size ratio will appear.
Chihuahua weight by month
Chihuahua dogs are popular due to their small size and weight, they are considered companion dogs, which is not surprising. you can take them everywhere with you. Consider the characteristics of the breed, as well as the weight of puppies and adult dogs.
General characteristics of the breed
A striking distinctive feature of the breed is its large head, shaped like an apple. When buying this breed, you should pay attention to the strength of the back and neck, which is an indicator of a healthy and good pedigree.
The dogs have three color options. Solid color is common, but there is also double color and spots. Sometimes you can find puppies of merle color, which is an indicator of some kind of marriage. This color appeared during selection attempts. Puppies with this color are more likely to have pathologies and abnormalities.
The eyes of these decorative dogs are often dark, but there are exceptions, which is also considered natural. Depending on the color, the color of the nose changes. a lighter color means a lighter shade of the nose and vice versa.
Chihuahuas are short-haired and long-haired. However, both the first and the second are considered indicators of the breed.
There are two divisions within the breed itself.
- Cobby type. more stocky dogs with a snub-nosed muzzle.
- Deer type. dogs with thin long legs are more miniature; they are often confused with toy terriers.
It is impossible to unequivocally determine how much an adult chihuahua should weigh without taking into account the pedigree and individual characteristics. There are certain desirable standards, when calculating which it is impossible to sweep aside the individual indicators of dogs. Figures for adults range from 1.5 to 3 kilograms, and overweight dogs are more likely to be overweight.
In terms of size, two types of sneezes are distinguished:
Interesting fact: small males and large females are used for breeding Chihuahuas.
For the peculiarities of caring for this breed, see below.
What determines the weight?
The weight of an animal is determined by two main factors: breed and gender. But castration and sterilization, contrary to popular belief, in themselves do not lead to obesity, although they can provoke it, since after the operation the animals require fewer calories to maintain activity.
The average body weight of a cat varies from 3.5 to 5.5 kg. The size and structure of the skeleton is important. In addition, it is impossible to compare the miniature and graceful Siamese and Singaporean cats with much larger Maine Coons, British shorthairs, Norwegian forest and Persian purrs, in which sometimes individuals with 8 kg of “live weight” do not look fat.
Gender is also an indicator of how much a cat should weigh. Cats have 1-2 kg more body weight, as befits respectable men.
Known record giants with a weight of 21 kg and “skinny babies”, reaching no more than 2 kg.
How to determine how much a cat should weigh?
Nowadays, many domestic cats, however, like their owners, are very far from their natural environment. This is especially true for residents of large cities. The costs of civilization can be considered inactivity and low activity. At the same time, many people like to eat “from the heart.” This lifestyle often leads to overweight. How much should a cat weigh??
Does a cat need electronic scales??
If you need to know the exact indicators (for example, if a pet is sent with you on a flight or needs dosage treatment), then you cannot do without weighing. For this, ordinary bathroom scales are suitable, and for kittens, electronic kitchen scales. There are also special devices for determining the weight of animals, but at home they are unlikely to be needed.
How to tell if your cat is overweight? It’s simple enough. With normal weight, the ribs are easily palpable, the waist is well defined, there is a small layer of fat on the sides, back and in the abdomen. If the animal is large, then its weight can be quite large, but the body is muscular, with pronounced muscle relief and without a hint of excess fat.
Obesity is clearly visible visually. It is impossible to feel the ribs in the animal, but the belly stands out. A cat that is too plump can hardly move, cannot completely lick itself, is prone to heart disease and arthritis.
Thus, knowing how much the cat should weigh, the owners can control its weight themselves. If it exceeds the norm, then you need to help your pet to lose weight. You should not overfeed it, but restrictions, on the contrary, are useful. In addition, the pet must move more. For “naturalists” (adherents of natural nutrition), the veterinarian will suggest a suitable diet. It is worth noting that it is easier for a cat to lose weight than for a person, because she is completely dependent on the owner, and she does not have much choice. You just need to be patient and persevere, acting in the interests of the animal itself.
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Dependence of weight on gender, lifestyle
Cats are usually 1-2 kg larger than cats of the same breed. If the mother cat is large, then her kittens are likely to be large.
Pets that are sedentary and have no difficulty in getting food, unlike stray cats, are more likely to gain weight.
Determination of normal weight without weighing
The normal weight of an adult cat is an individual concept. It is possible to determine the presence of obesity or underweight in your pet in a simple way, without resorting to weighing. You need to run your hand over the cat’s back. If the spine is practically not palpable, then the animal is overweight. With a palpable palpation of the vertebrae (like on a washboard) or visual inspection, we can conclude that the cat weighs little.
Weight of different breeds
The normal weight of a cat of different breeds ranges from 2 (Nibelung, Singaporean) to 10 kg (Maine Coon). The average weight is 3-5 kg. There are special tables with weight norms for each breed and age category. Although among the felines of the same breed, both large and small animals can be found.
Kittens grow up until they are one year old, but actively gain weight up to 6 months of age. Newborn kittens of medium-sized breeds (British, Abessinian, Siamese, Bengal) weigh on average 80-120 g, one month old. 320-520 g, at 2 months. 450-780 g, at 3 months. 800-1100 g, 5 months old. 2-2.7 kg, at 7 months. 2.5-3.2 kg, at 8. 3.3-4.5 kg. A one-year-old cat has a mass of 4.5-5.5 kg, a mature cat is 4.6-5.6 kg.
The average weight of newborn large cats of such breeds as Savannah, Maine Coon is 120-160 g, one-month-500-800 g, two-month. 800-1200 g, in 3. 1.4-1.9 kg, in 5. 2. 8-3.6 kg, at 7. 4.5-5.6 kg, at 8 months. 6-7 kg. A cat at 1 year old has a proper weight of 7.5-8.5 kg, an adult cat should weigh 8.0-10.0 kg, sometimes 12 kg.
Newborn Scottish kittens weigh about 80-120 g, monthly. 240-520 g, 2-month-old kittens. 470-630 g, 3-month old. 930-1200 g, at 5 months. 1.7-2.5 kg. in 7. 3.0-3.5 kg, in 8. 3.5-4.5 kg. A Scottish cat at the age of one year can reach 5.0-6.7 kg, an adult cat can weigh 5.3-6.5 kg.
For non-pedigree pets, you can use the average weight for the British breed.
Effect of castration / sterilization on weight
Sterilization or castration itself does not affect weight gain, but after such a procedure, adult cats need to reduce the calorie content of the daily diet by a third, since their metabolism and hormonal background change.
How much does an adult cat weigh??
A cat’s body weight is more important for their normal development and health. Like humans, felines can also have weight problems (overweight or, less commonly, underweight). Obesity is a common problem among domestic cats. In addition, you need to know how much the cat weighs in order to calculate the required dose of medications, the amount of food portions, also for traveling with the animal. How to determine the weight of a cat? This article will help you answer this question.
Weight is determined by various factors:
- Sterilization / castration.
- General health.
- Lifestyle (activity, diet).
How to weigh a cat
To determine exactly how much an adult cat weighs, it must be weighed on a scale. This is difficult enough if the cat does not want to put on the scale. In this case, you can weigh yourself to the owner, then together with the cat in his arms. Then subtract the mass of the owner from the total mass with the cat, this will be the mass of the cat. It is better to weigh a small kitten not on a bathroom scale, but on a kitchen electronic.
How much does a cat weigh?
Three and a half kilograms is the normal weight for a domestic mongrel cat. But there are cats that weigh more. If the cat lambes at least once, its weight also increases, since the hormonal background changes in the feline body. Cats weigh one and a half to two kilograms more.
Different breeds and weights
The question of how much a cat should weigh cannot be answered unequivocally. For example, the heaviest cat in the world weighs 21 kg, and the lightest adult cat. only 1300 g. The weight of a cat depends on its age, breed, physical condition, temperament.
The smallest cats are animals belonging to the Singapore breed, their average weight is only about 2 kg. Siberian cats grow very large, for example, an adult cat can weigh up to 10 kg, and a cat. up to 6 kg. American Bobtails, Bengal cats, Ocicat weigh about the same. Ragdoll cats can reach a weight of 6-7.5 kg. Raccoon cats (Maine Coons), which resemble a lynx or a jungle cat, have long been considered the largest in the world: with a weight of 10-12 kg. they can reach a length of 120 cm. But recently it turned out that affectionate and sociable domestic cats of the Asher breed are larger than them. There are only about a hundred of these rare animals in the world, since they were bred quite recently by crossing a wild African serval and an Asiatic leopard cat. Asher cats weigh 14-15 kg, and reach one meter in length. Savannah cats, obtained in the United States in the 80s by crossing a domestic cat and an African serval, can also gain 15 kg by the age of three.
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Let’s find out how much a British cat weighs. An adult cat will pull 5-8 kg., A cat. 4-6 kg. Sterilized animals weigh much more due to hormonal disruption: cats. up to 12, cats. up to 8 kg. And if the British have a tendency to gain excess weight, then Maine Coon cats with an even greater weight (8-10 kg. In cats and 4-7 kg. In cats) are not prone to obesity. The bodies of cats of this breed are very elongated in length (up to 1 m) and have well-developed muscles and skeleton.
Experts believe that being overweight in felines has a detrimental effect on overall health. Obesity can provoke heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. It is difficult for such cats to move, they have shortness of breath, their lifespan is reduced by a third.
Why the different weight?
What determines how much a cat should weigh? The weight of cats depends on the physique, and on the appetite, and on the temperament. If the cat ate a bowl of porridge and fell asleep, and then went to eat again at a leisurely pace, be her fatty. The tummies of these pussies are almost dragged along the floor. But if the cat is mobile, then the calories in it do not linger for a long time. A petite cat will naturally weigh less.
The easiest way to find out how much a cat weighs. it is to weigh it either on a floor scale, or even with a steelyard (hand scale with a hook). The animal is carefully put into a strong bag with handles so as not to frighten it and weighed. If the weight is too small, then the cat has lost weight.
Cats lose weight when they are forced to starve or when they lose their appetite, and this happens with helminthic invasions or diseases of internal organs. Sometimes the appetite is lost in very fluffy creatures that lick their wool. Rolled wool clogs the intestines and looks like a cyst or tumor on an ultrasound scan. In such cases, surgery is indicated. In order not to repeat such troubles, the owners need to regularly carefully comb their furry pets with a thick brush.
How to determine the physical shape of a cat?
The condition of the cat can be assessed both by looking at it and by feeling the body. There are several types of physical fitness.
- With a lack of weight in a cat, the ribs, pelvic bones and ridge are clearly visible, there is little muscle mass. The fat layer on the chest is missing.
- At the lower limit of the normal weight in a cat, the pelvic bones, ribs, ridge and sterno-costal joints are visible, the waist is clearly visible. A thin layer of fat is felt on the chest, there is almost no fat on the belly.
- At ideal weight, the cat is well proportioned. Joints, ribs and ridge are invisible, but well felt. The waist is visible, there is a thin layer of fat on the chest and abdomen.
- With excess weight, the ribs and spine of a cat are difficult to feel, and the waist is hardly noticeable. Fat on the back, chest and abdomen is easily felt.
- With obesity, bones are not palpable; on the chest, back and abdomen, the layer of fat is very well felt, the abdomen is quite enlarged.
A heavily overweight cat is put on a diet, but this must be approached very carefully so as not to harm the animal, and it is better to consult a veterinarian to be sure that obesity does not indicate some kind of disease. Kittens, on the other hand, do not need diets, and they should not be limited in nutrition. they grow!
How much should a cat weigh
The average weight of female adults varies from 2.5 kg to 7 kg. But you need to understand that this is a large spread, and more specific numbers depend on a number of indicators. The main one is the breed. The rest include:
- Whether the cat is neuter or not.
- Physique, according to this parameter, cats are divided into small, medium and large.
Sterilized cats are always heavier than their brethren. The difference in weight in the direction of increasing from normal values can range from 0.5 to 1 kg.
The cat reaches its stable weight by 1 year. And, with normal development, she maintains this weight throughout her life. Veterinarians have developed tables of weight categories for pets, taking into account the above indicators. Here are just the main figures:
- At 1 year old, the cat reaches sexual maturity. The weight of a pet with an average build is 3.2. 5 kg;
- At 2 years old, a healthy pet maintains this weight. Small pets have an average of 2.5. 3.8 kg;
- At 3 years old, the normal weight for cats of the heaviest Maine Coon breed is considered a good indicator of 6. 7.3 kg;
- At 4 years old, a healthy adult cat of large dimensions (with the exception of Maine Coons) should weigh 4.3. 6 kg;
- At 5 years of age, the weight should remain unchanged. Focus on the average, taking into account the constructive physique of the pet.
How much should an adult cat weigh from 1 to 5 years?
Cats are special pets, capable of combining two opposite qualities. laziness and hyperactivity. But, in order to be sure that your pet is in a normal weight category, it is advisable to have an idea of how much an adult cat should weigh. This indicator is important for her health.
What determines the weight of a cat: why know it in advance
As in any living organism, the weight characteristic of an animal is directly related to the metabolic processes occurring in the body. In healthy cats, it is ideal. In addition, there are several main indicators on which the cat’s body weight depends:
- Animal gender:
- Pet breed;
- Lifestyle activity;
- Health status.
All these factors and deduce the average normal weight for pets. Of course, initially small cats will be much lighter than large Maine Coons.
Knowing the body weight of a pet is necessary in a number of life situations that you have to deal with:
- Determination of the dosage of drugs;
- Calculation of the volume of the daily diet;
- Tracking the development of the pet, and its compliance with breed standards.
Adult cat. how to determine weight
There are two simple ways to get to know all the pet, or at least understand if everything is normal with its body weight. You should not go into the wilds and calculate the fat index. Everything is much simpler:
- Visual inspection. Pet the cat on the back. His skeletal system will tell about the normal degree of fatness. The spine of the cat is spaced from the vertebrae. they are felt on palpation, but at the same time they do not bulge outward.
- Weigh the cat. Try putting it on a bathroom scale. Or stand on them with her, taking her in your arms. The difference between the two numbers is your weight with and without her and will be her mass.
How much should a cat and a cat weigh, depending on age and breed
In this article I will consider the topic of how much healthy kittens and adult cats of the most popular breeds should weigh. The article will focus on Siamese, British Shorthair, Persian, Maine Coon, and yard cat breeds. I will tell you what to feed your pet, so as not to provoke obesity and how to help the animal lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
How to tell if your cat is in normal weight
Please note that a cat that is overweight cannot be attributed to neutering or neutering. Weight may increase quite a bit, but should remain within the normal range for the breed.
These pets require a special approach to their diet. Too high-calorie foods should be excluded from their diet. Peas, eggs, nuts, liver, processed cheese, seafood and tomatoes are not recommended.
How much should a cat weigh, depending on age and breed
With age, castrated and neutered pets gain weight in a short period of time. An obese animal has little movement, becomes less playful, has difficulty with normal cat activities such as jumping on the windowsill, and health problems.
It is impossible to determine the norm of the mass of an animal only by the figure when weighing, because cats, depending on the breed and according to age, weigh differently. The tables below show the average weight of a cat.
Optimal weight table for kittens up to a month:
|Kitten breed name||Newborn (gr.)||2 weeks (gr.)||1 month (gr.)|
Weight table for adults from 1 year old and older:
|Breed name||Adult weight||Mass of castrated cat / neutered cat|
How to maintain a healthy weight
The cat’s diet should include fish or meat and rice, wheat, oatmeal boiled in water. Boiled pumpkin, cauliflower, broccoli and beets, the cat also needs to be eaten on an ongoing basis.
Your pet may want to avoid eating grains and vegetables. In this case, when cooking rice, oatmeal and wheat, you can add a small amount of milk to the water, and mix vegetables with meat so that the animal cannot separate them.
To reduce the weight of the animal, you need to reduce the daily portion of feed, exclude high-calorie and fatty foods, and focus on healthy nutrition.
Get your animal checked regularly by your veterinarian. An increased amount of proteins, fats and vitamins is the key to a healthy weight and well-being of the cat. Showing love for an animal through caring for health will give your pet a happy, long life.
How much should a cat weigh?
Unlike dogs, most cat breeds are roughly the same size and a healthy adult cat should weigh about 4.5 kg, although of course this can vary depending on your cat type. Some breeds, such as Siamese cats, can weigh less, while large breeds, such as large Maine Coons, can weigh nearly half.
If your cat weighs more or less than it should, you may need to take a look at her diet or lifestyle to see where you can help her get better. Changes in your pet’s weight can also be a sign of underlying health issues, so it’s worth talking to your veterinarian if the changes you’re making don’t seem to be helping. In overweight cats, this can also be a sign that they are being fed elsewhere, so be careful not to try to break into your neighbor’s house, or attach a note to their collar asking your pet not to be given additional food.
How can I tell if my cat is overweight or obese?
It is fairly easy to tell if your cat is overweight or obese, and your veterinarian can take body measurements to see if she has gained pounds by comparing height, weight, and body fat. Generally speaking, your cat will be overweight if her body fat is over 25%, and will be diagnosed as obese if she is over 30%.
Your veterinarian will also consider a number of other factors when diagnosing your cat, including medical history, vital organ health, and an assessment of their diet. This allows you to find out what is causing your pet to gain weight and, in turn, helps you solve the problem in the best possible way.
Before you take your cat to the veterinarian, there are several things you can look at for yourself at home, including:
Weight gain. this can be easily determined by regular weighing
Excess body fat. especially around the abdomen and neck
Lethargy and unwillingness to play. your cat may find it too tedious or uncomfortable to move around
To check if your cat is overweight or underweight, there are several things you can do, including feeling their ribs and looking at their belly and overall shape. Your cat should have something that looks like an hourglass when you look at it from above, as well as a belly that doesn’t sag. You should also feel their ribs through the fur, but they shouldn’t protrude too much.
What causes obesity in cats?
Having an overweight cat is usually more common than having a too skinny cat, which can lead to a variety of health problems. Overfeeding. an obvious way to gain extra pounds, but certain illnesses, such as diabetes or thyroid problems, can also cause weight gain.
It is important to recognize that obesity is not always the result of overfeeding, as your cat could exercise less and still consume the same amount of food as it always does. You need to make sure that their food does not contain too many carbs and calories, as simply changing what you feed your cat can really help.
What are the dangers of obesity in cats?
Obesity is a common problem in cats as it is not always possible to tell exactly what your pet is eating or how much exercise they are getting if they are allowed to roam the street. This is something you should watch out for as there can be a number of undesirable consequences if you let your weight get out of control.
The excess fat from weight gain can have a big impact on your cat’s health and cause joint, heart, and digestive problems. Cats. naturally active creatures, so when they are obese and unable to move with the same level of agility, they can become restless and unhappy.
Joint pain and trouble breathing can also make movement uncomfortable, which you both clearly want to avoid.
The best way to keep your cat healthy. monitor her weight and note any changes in eating habits and general behavior. If you are unsure if your pet is at a healthy weight, it is best to talk to your veterinarian.
How much should a cat weigh?
Domestic cats are often prone to being overweight, as they lead a measured lifestyle and have constant access to food. Also, excessive overfeeding with tasty food plays an important role. To avoid weight problems, owners need to know the average weight of a cat, which depends on its age, sex and breed. This will be discussed in the article.
Weight deviation and its impact on health
You need to be aware of the negative health effects of both overweight and underweight pets. Excess weight above the norm can cause various diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases, arthritis) and reduce life expectancy. Obesity is especially dangerous for young cats. Underweight appears due to poor feeding of the cat or due to the presence of certain diseases (metabolic disorders, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, cancer) and can lead to the development of hypovitaminosis, exhaustion.
Weight allowance for some breeds
How much a cat of a certain breed should weigh is shown in the table. It should be understood that “normal weight” is a relative concept that depends on various factors. For example, a Maine Coon kitten at 3 months weighs almost 2 kilograms, and an adult Devon Rex can weigh as well. Both animals will be considered normal weight.
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You may not know the values of the normal weight for a cat in order to draw a conclusion about his health condition. Determining the normal weight of a pet is quite simple, without even resorting to using a bathroom scale. It is necessary to independently inspect the animal, and find out what weight category it can be attributed to.
Possible weight categories
- Underweight cat. The bones are clearly visible and prominent. There are no fat deposits on the chest.
- Normal weight of the cat. The body is in the shape of an hourglass when viewed from above (determined by the lumbar waist), muscular. On examination, the outline of the bones is slightly visible. The ridge and ribs are easily palpable, the belly is tucked up, there is a minimal fat layer on it.
- The increased weight of the cat. The waist is determined. There are small fat deposits on the face, back and abdomen, the ribs are not visible, but are difficult to feel. When viewed from the side, the abdomen is not pronounced.
- Average obesity. The waist is wide, poorly defined at the top. The bones are invisible and hardly palpable. Moderate body fat on the belly, chest and base of the tail. The side of the stomach is slightly enlarged.
- Obesity is severe. The waist is not visible from above. Bones are difficult to feel. There is a pronounced fatty layer on the back, at the base of the tail, chest and abdomen. The chest and abdomen are wide. The side of the stomach is noticeably enlarged.
Cats generally grow up to a year. A domestic cat at 1 year old weighs an average of 3-6 kg, cats are 1-3 kg less. If the weight is underweight or overweight (in one word. abnormal), you should definitely contact your veterinarian to determine the possible causes. The veterinarian will conduct an examination, the necessary research and prescribe medications or dietary adjustments. Even if the cat is in the normal weight category, it should be regularly seen by the veterinarian.
A fully formed adult animal that stops growing. Now you can transfer your pet to adult food.
Already an adult animal, which eats food for adult animals, is able to participate in mating and exhibitions.
Some breeds are fully mature by the age of two, such as Maine Coons.
Kittens are slightly smaller than an adult cat. At this age, they are transferred to three meals a day.
The presence of any irritants in the house can reduce appetite and lead to shortages.
How much does a cat weigh and developmental features
In cats and cats, the first molt and puberty begins. If a girl and a boy live together, then they become interested in each other, cats take care of females.
Kittens become less playful, although they like to drive toys around the house. They become like adult cats: they sleep more, go to the bowl less often, become calm and affectionate.
He is already playful and affectionate, accustomed to the owner and affection. Responds to a nickname, independently finds a tray, bowls of food and water.
By this age, boys surpass their sisters in size.
What should alert owners
This will allow you to cure possible diseases at an early stage or adjust the pet’s diet.
Playful, affectionate. Their outlines take on the outlines of an adult cat.
Two-month-old kittens are already being taught to comb, wash and trim their claws.
Lack of mobility in cats can lead to overweight