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Default Why is my cat considered obese at 13 lbs? She is 2-1/2 years old. She was spayed earl

I am assuming your cat was found to be obese by your veterinarian. This should be based on her "body condition score" and an obese cat has a body condition score of greater than 7 out of 9. When looking at an obese cat, we would note that they have a thicker layer of fat over their ribs, their spine may not be easily palpated, and we may not see a discernible waist. It is really important to remember that the number in pounds is not the only criteria. While one cat may be obese at 13 pounds if she is of small stature, another cat may be too thin at 13 pounds, if he is a larger breed or larger boned. Studies have found that spaying at an early age does not predispose a cat to being overweight. In most cases, they are just being fed too much food. Its great she is still so active but to help her lose weight you will need to make some changes in her feeding. Your veterinarian can help determine how much food your cat should be getting to help her attain a more normal weight. Once you know how much she needs, you will need to measure her food out and do controlled feedings. It is easy to underplay the problem of obesity in our cats, and justify it by saying they are happy or still active etc. but an obese cat is more prone to diabetes, skin disease and joint problems. This was a great question and one a lot of our cats struggle with. Good luck with getting your cat to a healthier weight.

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