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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.

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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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