Determine your cat’s body shape and weight
Big cats, small cats—they all have a place in our hearts. But helping to keep them at a healthy weight is what keeps them in our lives! And more than 1 in 2 cats in the United States are overweight. So use the guidelines below to help determine if your cat’s body shape or weight could be cause for concern.
Understand what a healthy weight looks like
Compare your cat’s shape to our body condition chart.
Ribs can be felt easily (but aren’t visible)
Waist is defined behind ribcage when viewed from above
Stomach tucks in behind ribcage when viewed from the side
Can’t feel ribs without pressure
Belly is rounded when viewed from the side
Fat deposits visible at base of tail
Learn the average cat weight ranges*
Domestic Cat 8-10 lbs.
Persian 7-12 lbs.
Siamese 5-10 lbs.
Maine Coon 10-25 lbs.
* Source: Association for Pet Obesity Prevention