Maintaining the ideal weight is essential for the health of the cat: here is the table of how much the cat must weigh based on breed and age.
Keeping a cat’s weight under control is essential for the well-being of our four-legged friend in the short and long term: the ideal weight, in fact, is one of the factors that keep the cat in shape and help it to live a long and long life. healthy.
The latest statistics, unfortunately, speak of a growing number of overweight or obese subjects among domestic cats and beyond: the cat is among the most at risk pets as regards the problems related to exceeding the ideal weight.
Why are cats at risk of obesity?
As detailed in this article dedicated to obesity in cats , the cat, unlike the dog, is not necessarily taken for a walk every day to do the needs, therefore it is difficult to control its daily physical activity : if a cat wants to stay all day in lounging on the sofa, we don’t always have the way to force him to do otherwise!
Then there are other factors that affect a cat’s weight gain, such as age (the elderly cat tends to put on weight), sterilization, the presence of pathologies.
Surely to help the cat, a healthy and balanced diet is essential , with quantities of food suitable for the breed and age of the cat, moreover it is a good habit to involve the cat in games that make it do some healthy movement.
Ideal cat weight: how to calculate it?
The ideal weight of a cat depends on two fundamental factors: the breed it belongs to and its age. Depending on the breed, in fact, cats can grow with more or less massive dimensions and therefore will have a different weight. Furthermore, a kitten and an elderly cat will certainly have a different ideal weight than an adult cat.
Table of the ideal weight of the cat according to age
A growing kitten must eat properly in order to grow up in perfect health, without risking being underweight or predisposing to certain diseases. In general, a kitten should gain 100 grams per week until the age of 6 months – check their weight regularly to make sure they are growing at the right rate.
The following table of ideal weight based on age refers to the cats commonly found in our homes, European cats, mixed-breed or tabby, and can be used as a general guide.
– Kitten weight at birth> 90 to 110 grams
– Kitten weight at 1 month> 490 to 510 grams
– Cat weight at 3 months> 1 to 1.5 kg
– Cat weight at 4 months> 1.8 to 2 , 4 kg
– Cat weight at 5 months> 2.5 to 3 kg
– Cat weight at 6 months> 2.9 to 3.1 kg
– Adult cat weight> 3.5 to 4.5 kg
Cat’s ideal weight chart based on breed
Breed is another discriminating factor in calculating a cat’s ideal weight – it’s easy to imagine how a large cat like the Maine Coon can certainly weigh more than another smaller breed, like the Siamese .
Below, we publish the table with the ideal weight range for some of the most popular cat breeds :
– European cat weight> 3.5 to 4.5 kg
– Persian cat weight> 4.5 to 5 kg
– Maine Coon cat weight> 7 to 9 kg
– Chartreux cat weight > 6 to 8 kg
– Cat weight Norwegian> 7 to 11 kg
– Siamese cat weight> 2.5 to 3.5 kg
– Abyssinian cat weight > 2 to 4 kg
How to weigh a cat?
To make sure that the weight of the house cat is adequate for its age and breed, it is essential to proceed regularly to weigh the cat : but how can we convince our feline friend to step on the scales at home and stay still?
What apparently would seem an impossible mission is actually solved with a simple and effective trick : just weigh yourself, then step on the bathroom scale with the cat in your arms, and finally subtract our weight without the cat. In this way we will get the amount we need quickly and without complications.