Check your C.A.T.S. (coat, appetite, temperament, and size) to know if your cat is healthy.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CAT IS HEALTHY?

To help keep them independent and wonderfully uncooperative, remember to check your C.A.T.S.


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SIGNS OF A HEALTHY SIZE OR WEIGHT

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Padding

When you hold your cat, you should be able to feel a healthy little layer of padding over their ribs.

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Fit

The padding around your cat should feel similar to what's on the back of your hand: a little elastic, but close to your cat's muscles.

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Fluctuation

Just like their owners, your cat's size may change a bit with age or as seasons change. A little variation is normal, as long as the changes aren't rapid.


Checking Your C.A.T.S.?

Watch your cat’s pillow explain signs of a healthy size.


"Cats have what's called a primordial pouch, but there should still be some differentiation between their chest and waist."

— Angela Hughes, Science Advocacy Senior Manager at Mars Petcare

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YOUR CAT’S SIZE IS UNIQUE

Depending on their breed, life stage and lifestyle, your cat's size is part of what makes them the amazing little animal they are.

5-8 lbs 

Petite breeds like Siamese, Devon Rex and Singapura have smaller bones and tend to be at a healthy weight between 5 – 8 lbs.

10-15 lbs. 

Most cats fall into a middle-sized category, including Persian, Burmese and American Shorthair cats of a healthy size tend to be between 10 – 15 lbs.

15-20 lbs. 

Larger cat breeds like Maine Coon, Ragamuffin and Siberian cats at a healthy weight regularly reach the upper teens, between 15 – 20 lbs.

Angela Hughes

Information provided by Dr. Angela Hughes, Science Advocacy Senior Manager at Mars Petcare

As a professional researcher and veterinary geneticist, Dr. Hughes has spent her career sharing her expertise on pet health. Her work has been featured in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, PLOS One, PLOS Genetics and Large Animal Internal Medicine.


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