My cat is 5 years old. She is a very friendly cat, playful, and seems very normal, but she is very skinny. She eats and drinks regularly, goes to the bathroom normally, and gets plenty of fresh air. She has never had kittens.

Is my cat healthy and just a small cat, or is she just getting older, or should I take her to a vet?

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    your cat is probably not ill but it is best to visit the vet to be sure,and get your cat dewormed and vaccsinated at the same time.to be sure your cat gets a long and happy life take your cat to the vet once a year for a regular check up. Jun 9, 2019 at 8:51
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    5 is young for a cat. My cat is 17. When you say skinny...are her ribs visible? If you offer your cat more food, will she eat it? Also, what is her activity level? The formula for how much a cat should eat is partially based on that. Do you know the brand/calories/grams of food she eats? Maybe we can calculate it. Jun 17, 2019 at 21:29

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A five year old cat is middle aged, so you should not see signs of advanced age in her yet, like the cat being less active or starting to sleep more.

If your cat changes behavior, starts to hide more than normal, changes her eating/drinking habits, or changes the use of the litterbox, you need to take her to the vet to find the reason for it.

The normal weight of a healthy cat is about 4,5 kilos, but this will vary by the size of your cat breed; just as it is in people, some cats are naturally skinny and others are not.

If your cat starts to lose weight, you need to take her to a vet to find the reason. One of the most common causes for a cat to lose weight is intestinal parasites/worms, but this is easy to fix with medication that you can give your cat yourself (or let your vet do it).

If your cat lives outside for part of its life you need to deworm her twice a year or more.

Any cat needs to be vaccinated to avoid the most common and often deadly diseases, and if your cat roams free outside this is doubly important.

To avoid your female cat getting ovarian or breast cancer, you should get her spayed. Vets often have weeks where they offer this service at a reduced cost.

Here in the a guide on cathealth.com on checking if your cat is at good weight.

You need to take this with a grain of salt. A cat's body changes depending on how old it is (the skin gets looser on older cats), so to be sure it is best to weigh your cat from time to time.

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