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Whats a healthy weight?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Rosie is 2 years old next month.

Does anyone know what her weight should be for her age?. When i took her for her check last june she was 7lb, which the vet said was fine.

She seems to be getting a bit 'podgy', but not that bad. I just don't want to get a lecture from the vet when i take her for her yearly check in june if she is a bit overweight!

post #2 of 12
Every cat is different, but 7 pounds strikes me as being a small cat. I think you need to judge by body frame to weight size and there are checkpoint areas that you can feel to see if there is too much accumulated body fat (ribs, base of tail, etc). Here's a web site that explains how to judge your cat's weight.

post #3 of 12
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I've looked on the link. She's either "Ideal" or "Heavy"?

I know for certain i cant see or 'hardly' feel her ribs.(She's between 5-7 on the chart)

I don't know if you saw her 'fur pictures', but the pictures there were taken when she was 1 Year old.

When you weigh cats, do you do them on kitchen scales or human scales?(Now i'm sounding like a numpty!!)

post #4 of 12
I just checked out that site too and according to it my Sam is "heavy". I weigh on human scales by holding him and weighing, then weighing myself alone and subtract the difference. He's at 12 pounds now and is a year old.
post #5 of 12
I weigh mine on human scales too. I have a digital scale. I weigh myself, them weigh myself again holding the cat. Depending on their size, you will get different weights. As long as their ribs are not showing or that they do not appear fat, you should be ok. Your vet can tell you if your cat is of the correct weight. I have 8 cats that range in weight from around 6 pounds to 19 pounds. Believe it or not, the 19 pounder is not Amber, it is our male Pixie Bob. The Pixie Bob is very heavy boned, so they weigh more than an average cat. Amber will however, exceed that 19 pound weight as she gets older.
post #6 of 12
I weigh mine on a human scale (weigh me, hold the cat and weigh again). I tried a kitchen scale but can't get them to sit on it long enough to get an accurate reading. Of course I always weight them at the vet's during their annual exam.
post #7 of 12
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Well i weighed Rosie last night, and she weighed in at 10lb!. I reckon she is getting a bit on the heavy side, but i'll see what the vet says it june .

I hope she's not overweight, she keeps me lovely and warm and i love the feeling when she throws herself down on me to go to sleep!!

Here's a tip on getting them to stand on the scales, Put a couple of treats on them!, it worked with Rosie anyway!!

JOHN: Ambers a beauty!, and i loved your site. I'd love to have her stretch out on me!!

post #8 of 12
I have an adult cat who weighs 9 pounds. I also have an 8 month old kitten who also weighs 9 pounds, should I be concerned about him weighing that much already?
post #9 of 12
I think it really depends on the type of cat, some are very large overall with a long body, and wide structure. My cat is 11 pounds, but she is a pretty big cat. I think that british shorthairs are compact and don't weigh a whole lot, but they may have a sturdy structure. Try looking up the breed and finding out the ideal sixe and weight. Cat Fancy does a special on one breed every issue and it says the height and weight.
post #10 of 12
Susan, Amber would keep you awake if she stretched out on you. She is big and weighs between 16-17 pounds. She does sleep with us on occasion, but usually at the foot of the bed.
post #11 of 12
It does somewhat depend on her breed/breeds she is as well as her body type and structure.

Some breeds - lke the Siberian, Maine Coon and Norwegian can weight between 12-25 pounds and the oriental breeds like the Siamese can weight between 4-9 pounds. Many will fall into the 6-9 pound range.

Sphinx weights 10 pounds but he needs to loose to 9 pounds but the vet just happy he's eating.

Kuce is 11 pounds and the vet isn't too worried about that only if she gets more than that.

Ask your vet weight she should be in and try to aim for the area.
post #12 of 12
If you have a carrier, weigh that first and then put Rosie in it and weigh them together. Then subtract one from the other and bingo - Rosies weight! As long as you keep to the same scales every time you weigh her you should be okay. 10lbs dont seem that bad to me who has cats ranging from 7lb - 20lb!
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