Cat health: how to tell if your cat is ‘overweight’

August 3, 2018

It’s important to monitor a cat’s body weight to keep them in top condition and feeling fit and healthy. 

The most widely accepted and practical method that veterinary practices use to score the body condition of a cat is by using visual assessment and palpation. Here’s a handy tool to help you assess your own cat at home:

The S.H.A.P.ETM Guide (Size, Health And Physical Evaluation) is a body composition measuring system designed by WALTHAM® that asks a series of questions that help you to perform examinations ultimately leading through a flow chart to a score that corresponds to a description of the pet (as shown in diagrams). Here's a handy guide to help you calculate how many calories your cat needs.

Waltham Shape Guide


Obesity happens when cats consume more calories than are required to fulfil their daily energy requirements. The size of the cat in a healthy body weight condition determines how many calories it needs to consume each day.  All WHISKAS® products contain the number of calories per kg on the packaging to help owners feed responsibly across dry and snack & treat products. Here’s a handy guide to help you calculate how many calories your cat needs:

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