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I am so glad I found this site, I hope you will be able to answer most of my questions.

Sox is a 18 month old medium hair, domestic, tuxedo cat. She became ours after she was abandoned a couple of houses down from us after the people had moved out. Since then she had become feral, but took a liking to my husband. (I swear he has levels in druid. ) We just got her fixed last week and it has been crazy keeping her inactive for the last few days. She is very active and loves to chase the squirrels that live in the neighborhood.

The reason I was looking around here was because I am trying to figure out if she is the ideal weight for her age. When she was taken to the vet last week they said she weighed 7.2 lbs. Since looking on here though i've found its not so much the weight, but about her bone structure. Which brings me to my first question, I've never really had a cat, so where do I feel for her ribs and which way does she need to be laying or even does she need to be laying a certain way?

Another question I am wondering about is, i've heard that after they get "fixed" that cats tend to gain weight, is this true and if so, what can I do so that Sox doesn't gain weight? I think she is about the right weight just by looking at her, but i'm not really sure. Any advice that is given would be appreciated. I love my cat and want to do right by her. Thanks in advance for all the help.


post #2 of 12
Hello and Welcome to TCS!

Any questions you may have concerning Soxs' weight can be answered in our Health and Nutrition section.

Hope this helps!
post #3 of 12
Welcome to TCS!

Cats come in all shapes in sizes. My Teddy weighs about 13 pounds while my Milo is about 7-8 pounds. Teddy is also much visibly larger then Milo.

You would be able to feel Sox's ribs on her sides, below her neck. Not all cats gain weight after they get fixed. Just be sure not to overfeed her. Playing with her or finding an interactive toy will also help keep her fit. There is also a ton of other advice from people on the forum.
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Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

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See you on the forums!, Glad that you join us!

post #5 of 12
Hi and Welcome to TCS!

As someone before me said cats come in all shapes and sizes. I have 11 cats and they range from 9 pounds all the way up to 18 pounds.
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Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

All my kitties are neutered and their size really depends on their personality. Our RB kitty Tippy never had an "off button" when it came to food and would eat until she couldn't eat anymore. Our other kitties are self-regulating and only take what they need. It just depends on the kitty (and how many treats they can convince you to feed them)
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Welcome to our community Allisha.
You have come to the right place to learn all about the best ways to care for Sox.
Please make yourself at home.
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Hi, and welcome to TCS.
Like someone else said, the size of the cat, depends on the cat. I have had full grown cats weigh only 7 lbs at their heaviest, and one that was a whopping 22 lbs. I have never had one get fat after spaying or neutering. One of my girls has the little "spay sway pouch" and 2 of them do not.
Sox sounds like a little sweetheart, and we look forward to hearing much more about her, and maybe seeing some pics.
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Hello, and welcome to you and your new little girl to TCS. We are certainly glad you have joined us and hope you make yourself right at home
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Hi and welcome! Each cat is different, and spay does not have to automatically = weight gain.

I have three cats who all weigh between 9 and 10 pounds and yet they are each different shapes and sizes. Tolly is the heaviest cat, in weight, but much thinner than either of the girls. they both weigh less than he does, but tend to chub up if I am not careful to be sure they get enough exercise every day.

Hurray for you for rescuing Sox. You've let yourself in for years of love and joy!

It's good you want to keep her from getting too heavy. Feed her a high quality food on a scheduled feeding system see that she gets plenty of exercise with interactive play time with you every day.
post #11 of 12
If you're having trouble keeping her quiet it isn't likely she'll put on weight.
Of all the animals here, (15) only one dog has beefed up after his nueter, and he's a breed that tends to become barrel shaped anyhow.
My cats range in weight from six to eighteen pounds, all are at least a year old. I do have a few cats, male and female both with a pouch, but their body's are firm and muscular and I can feel the ribs, despite the pouch. I don't know what causes the pouch, but it doesn't seem to be related to body fat.
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Hello and Welcome to TCS neighborhood
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