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Normal weight for adult domestic shorthairs?

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What is the normal weight for adult domestic shorthair male and female cats between the ages of 3-8?
post #2 of 14
quote unqutoe average wt is 8-10lbs for a female cat ... having said that I have never owned one that was at proper wt in the ave range... Kandie is a 12-14lb normal wt ... Zoey should be about 10-11 but she is 9 a bit lean..

males usually weigh a lb or so more..

the vet is the best wt monitor..

small frame cats weigh 4-8 on ave

medium frame cats 8-12

large frame 12-16
post #3 of 14
well, mine are all different, too! Pixel, at 11 pounds, is just a bit pudgy, but she's also now a senior cat [8 years] so that's understandable. Java at 10 pounds & Cable at 8 pounds are just right - Cable's just a daintier cat than Java!
post #4 of 14
Depends on genetics,and activity level just like people

I have one thats 13 pounds (f), a 12 pounder (m), 10.5 pounds (m), 8.5 pounds (m)
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Bone structure makes a big difference - just like with people. PJ is kind of short and stumpy (not really, but her frame is smaller) - she's 11-12 years old and is 10-11 pounds. Teddy is going to be 9, and he is a big cat in terms of his bones - he has long, lanky limbs. He's 13 pounds, but doesn't look it.
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My Mama cat is over a year old and is a comfortable 7-7.5 pounds. She was the runt of the litter so I guess she'll always be small. Otis and Baby Girl are 7 months old and Otis is 6.5 pounds and Baby Girl hasn't been weighed in a while but she's heavy so she's probably about 7.5-8 pounds.
post #7 of 14
I go more by the body type and boning and what they really look like. An oriental type with finer bones would average 6/7 lbs of solid muscle. An American SH type would average 10-12 lbs. A larger boned cat like Maine Coon type would go 13-16 lbs.

My cornish rex was a solid 7 lbs of muscle - he would be very fat at 10-12 lbs if he was going by "average" weight.
post #8 of 14
I have a 6 year old female that weighs 15 lbs. She should probably weigh about 13 lbs. So a little overweight.

My male is 5 years old and weighs in at a perfect 11 lbs.
post #9 of 14
My crew are all between 8 and 15 pounds and are basically in your age range...
post #10 of 14
Each cat is different. My female, who happens to have a shorter body, is perfect at about 7-8 pounds. My male, who has a longer body, would be perfect at 10-12 pounds if he would ever eat enought (he's below 9 pounds right now). My boyfriend's family has 5 cats, three of which are hugely overweight and are between 16 and 20 pounds. One is underweight at about 5 pounds (she should be 6 pounds, but she's very petite), and the other has lost weight due to illness.

Basically, it depends on the cat.
post #11 of 14
Harley is 7 months and he's at a healthy 9lbs - he's not fat or overweight at all - he's just built as a big kitty! The vet said he's perfectly healthy and at a good weight for his build

More cuddling that way!
post #12 of 14
My 4 year old tuxedo cat Prince is 15 pounds!! I thought he was big, but the vet said for his bone size,he is about normal.He doesn't have a huge belly,just a little pudge. he pretty solid all over. Smokey Joe,is a 2year old Maine Coon,and he is 11 pounds.I think he someday will get bigger than Prince! Have read that Maine Coons can get pretty big.
Misty sue,the 3 year old "woman" of the house is a dainty 9 pounds.
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My cat I do not believe is a domestic short hair. but is possibly part Main Coon and he weighs 15 pounds and in estimated at 2 years of age. Rex is a straycat and picked me to be owned by him,. He lives partly indoors but is actually an outdoor cat and unfortunately is a fighter. Prior to my having him he lost one of his eyes in a fight with either another cat or racoon.


The reason I think he is a Maine Coon is there was a pedigreed Main Coon at this apartment complex and considering Rex's size and the fact that his coat is way longer than a domestic shorthair I've concluded that he is not an ordinary cat.


Rex is independent but is also the most loving cat I've ever encountered. What upsets me is the fact that obviously Rex was a "throw away" since otherwise he would have been feral!


Anyway for his size and possible Main Coon connections I think his weight is "normal" and is likely to increase with age!

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When i got my cat she was  a bit over 3 years old and 18 pounds. I have had her nine months, adjusted her diet to all wet and she is now 14 lbs 8 oz ( j ust went to vet yesterday! My goal is 12 pounds for her .But she is so much more active now She will be 4 Sept 12. 

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