Keeping your cat a healthy weight
Overweight cats are defined as being greater than 15% over their ideal body weight, while obese cats are generally 30% above their ideal weight. Younger cats are more likely to be overweight, while older cats are likely to have a tendency to be underweight as they often eat less as they get older.
While it might be tempting to spoil your cat with treats, many overweight and obese cats have a poor quality of life. Their weight can restrict their ability to groom properly and they often suffer with joint problems. There is also the possibility that they may develop weight-related diseases, like diabetes and urinary tract infections.
The best way to ensure you keep your cat a healthy weight is to feed them a balanced diet. Like humans, cats need the right amount of nutrients to keep them healthy, so it's best to keep to a reputable pet food which includes everything cats need. For more information, look at our guide on feeding cats