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How can I measure the weight of my cat?

Do you have a (preferably digital) bathroom scale? If so, weigh yourself. Now get off the scale and let it reset. Pick up the cat and weigh yourself holding the cat. Subtract.
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How can I measure the weight of my cat?

If you're concerned about healthy weight (not medication), the cat's weight in pounds or kilograms is less important than the amount of fat they're carrying. According to Pets.WebMD, and the image ...
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How can I measure the weight of my cat?

I use a pet carrier and a digital fish scale. With the cat, small dog, rabbit, etc in the pet carrier weigh with a digital fish scale. Hang the carrier by the handle on the fish scale hook. Let ...
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Can a cat be naturally skinny?

Yes. Just like us, cats vary in size and shape and weight. And like us, some of that is diet, some is health, some is genetics, some is age. One of my lady's cats was the runt of the litter; it wasn'...
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How can I measure the weight of my cat?

When we had a failing cat that we needed to put weight on, we actually bought a digital deli meat scale on eBay and that way we could accurately track his weight gain/loss. It works really well as ...
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Dextrose powder for puppies

If your puppy is truly too thin, I urge you to feed it with a well balanced diet (with “diet” = “the way the food is composed” not “diet” = “ less food to become slimmer”!). Months 3-6 are the time ...
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Why can I feel my 12 lb cat's spine?

If your cat's spine seems bonier than normal, but his weight is the same, he may be dehydrated. If he is dehydrated, his subcutaneous fat layer is thinner than normal. The best way to know if there ...
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Is it normal for a kitten to have a big belly?

Yes and No. It depends what you mean by "big." Normally a well fed kitten will have what I refer to as "a fat belly," reflecting their stomach being full of food. One of their main jobs at this stage ...
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How can I measure the weight of my cat?

Locate a bathroom scale that is continuous reading (either mechanical, medical or externally powered type) and place it under the litter box. If your cat is happy with you snooping when doing its ...
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Switching from set times for feeding to free feeding of a cat

Feline Obesity Free feeding is never advised as most cats will eat more than they should, cats who are bored are also prone to consider eating an activity and will indulge way more than they should. ...
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How do I help my dog adjust after moving?

I had this same issue with our dog. It sounds like separation anxiety. We solved the issue by using counter conditioning. Basically, you want to make the thing she fears (your leaving) associated ...
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How to get 19 pound cat to lose weight

First of all the 1 cup should be reduced to 3 quarters or 1 half, you should try to exercise her more by playing with her even if she wouldn't play along you shouldn't give up. Try to tease her with ...
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Why is my cat not losing weight?

Like humans cats will come in a range of natural weights - being 2kg over the "recommended" is quite a lot though. When my boy needed to lose weight (~1kg) I had better success with swapping his food ...
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How to fatten up a Maine Coon kitten?

The best advice I can give you is feeding special "kitten" food, because it's designed to have more calories than general "adult" cat food. An alternative is food formulated for &...
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Why does my female cat stomach area hang so low?

The loose, hanging skin on a cat's belly is simply a natural part of a cat's anatomy, sometimes called the apron, or as in the following article, the primordial pouch. This is more prominent on some ...
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How to get 19 pound cat to lose weight

You should try to decrease the amount of food she gets in every meal and not let her choose when to eat because as you say, she's a little overweight. So you should choose her meal times and the ...
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Dextrose powder for puppies

Puppies need more energy and different nutrients than adult dogs. They play and are very active, which burns many calories Their bones must grow, which requires calcium and other minerals Their ...
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My dog is not eating her food

Since you need a brief answer, I'll make this quick. There are some types of wet food (like Freshpet, which comes in a tube, get it here This is made with mostly human food that is modified for dogs. ...
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Is my Norwegian forest cat too heavy?

The best way to check if your cat is overweight is to compare to something like this: (Source) and talk to a veterinarian specializing in cats, preferably cats with weight problems. If you are ...
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Will my cat lose her extra skin (from losing weight)?

Great job on helping your cat lose some of those extra pounds! I bet she feels much better. Unfortunately, your cat's skin will not likely tighten around her new body. PEOPLE: For, people, it ...
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Cat diet success vs unhealthy weight loss, how do I determine a healthy target weight?

Well obviously you have been taking good care of you cat as he is now a senior citizen (76 in human years) and in good health. Cats' builds vary: Some are stockier and some are really lean. I have ...
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How do I help my older cat maintain weight?

At 16 years old I highly recommend doing blood work as hyperthyroidism and kidney disease are ridiculously common in our senior cats. Once she is clear then talk to your vet about a diet, most senior ...
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Why can I feel my 12 lb cat's spine?

Indeed, like humans, cats can have fat distribution change, or even lose some weight just due to age. Maybe even more so with cats than with people, because cats tend to get a little hyperthyroidism ...
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Overweight lazy cat won't play

Seeing as your cat isn't into traditional cat toys, you might consider an interactive feeding toy. This has the benefit of forcing the cat to work for his food, this will both cut down on eating out ...
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My 12 year old cat is very sick

Your cat is still eating and drinking and this is a good sign, but it still needs to go to a vet Several of the things you mention in your question are signs of possible serious illness. For example, ...
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Is my cat fat or does she just have saggy breasts?

Per the Wikihow article that trond hanson posted, #5: Do not be overly concerned about a saggy belly. Many cats have a saggy bit of flesh that hangs down between their back legs. If your cat is ...
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Is my cat fat or does she just have saggy breasts?

If your cat looks like this, it is normal. This is Trine. She is 13 years old and weighs 4,5 kilos. You can see the loose part of skin in front of her hind leg. I know she looks a little bulky on ...
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Is my cat healthy, ill, or just getting older?

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 ...
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Is it possible preview my dog adult size?

It's difficult to guess, how we usually estimate their adult size is by looking at both parents. Another way is from paws, large paws tend to mean big dogs (though there are some exceptions I.e cocker ...
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How can I tell the difference between a pregnant or overweight cat?

The average cat's gestation period is 64 days. How long has this been an issue, and how rapidly has it been changing? If in doubt, you should get the cat to a vet for a checkup. The cat might be ...
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