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When you hold your cat, you should be able to feel a healthy little layer of padding over their ribs.
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.
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.
— Angela Hughes, Science Advocacy Senior Manager at Mars Petcare
Depending on their breed, life stage and lifestyle, your cat's size is part of what makes them the amazing little animal they are.
Petite breeds like Siamese, Devon Rex and Singapura have smaller bones and tend to be at a healthy weight between 5 – 8 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.
Larger cat breeds like Maine Coon, Ragamuffin and Siberian cats at a healthy weight regularly reach the upper teens, between 15 – 20 lbs.
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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Interested in contacting a veterinarian or learning more about the health of your cat? Banfield Pet Hospital can help.
Checking your C.A.T.S. can help you discover the early warning signs of something that’s not quite right with your cat, in addition to yearly wellness exams for adult cats under 10 years old and twice a year for cats over 10.