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Here's What a Healthy Cat's Ideal Weight Should Be

Pet obesity has reached epidemic levels in the US, with cats only somewhat worse off than dogs; overweight kitties are at risk for many serious diseases, along with a compromised quality of life and shortened lifespan.

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  • Pet obesity has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., with cats only somewhat worse off than dogs; overweight kitties are at risk for many serious diseases, along with a compromised quality of life and shortened lifespan
  • While the ideal weight of the average healthy cat is 8 to 12 pounds, it’s important to gauge your own pet’s weight based on body frame size and lean muscle mass, using the feline body condition chart as a reference
  • Most mainstream feline obesity studies and weight loss advice revolve around the use of dry diets; however, veterinary experts in feline nutrition agree kibble is biologically inappropriate food for cats at any weight
  • Moisture-rich diets help kitties lose weight naturally; my recommendation is a moisture-rich homemade fresh food diet of lean meats, healthy fats, and a few fibrous vegetables
  • Healthy weight loss involves meeting your cat's unique nutritional requirements through a balanced diet while practicing portion control; this approach will cause your pet’s body to burn fat stores

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