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Understanding your cat’s weight is important, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Browse through the frequently asked questions below to shed some light on this heavy issue.

I’m not a veterinarian. How can I tell if my cat is overweight?

We know it can be hard to notice if your cat has gained weight, but you don’t have to be a veterinarian to do a quick assessment. Watch this video to get step-by-step instructions.

My cat knows when she’s full. Why can’t she eat however much she wants?

While it might seem like your cat knows when to stop eating, the truth is that it’s just as easy for a cat to overeat as it is for a person. And feeding a half a cup of extra kibble to your cat is like feeding two whole pizzas to yourself! So even seemingly harmless grazing can make a big difference when it comes to your cat’s weight. Instead of leaving food out all day for kitty to snack on, check the bag for detailed instructions on how much to feed them. Keeping your cat at a healthy weight is one way to prevent health issues and ensure a happy life together.

I make sure my cat has food in her bowl 24/7. Is there a better way to feed her?

Wanting to make sure that your cat is fed and happy at all times is just the sign of a good owner. But proper feeding habits are an important part of managing your cat’s weight, and therefore her health. Instead of leaving food in the bowl all the time, try following the feeding instructions on the bag of your cat’s favorite food. It might not seem like a lot in comparison to what you’re feeding her now, but these amounts provide all the balanced nutrition and calories your cat needs to be happy and healthy.

Why is my cat’s body shape important?

All cats are beautiful, but observing the shape of your cat’s body can help you keep tabs on their weight. Ideally, you should be able to see your cat’s waist, where the midsection tucks in between the rib cage and hips. For more information on assessing your cat’s weight, watch this short video.

Nobody likes diet food. Is that what Purina® Cat Chow® Healthy Weight is?

While Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight is lower in calories and high in fiber, cats love the satisfying flavor and hearty crunch. And since this formula is good for maintaining a healthy weight as well as achieving it, it’s a great choice for all the cats in your home. But don’t take it from us—read the many ratings and reviews and hear what other Cat People have to say.

My cat loves treats. How many is too many?

Rewarding your cat with a treat can be fun for both of you. But, as the name suggests, treats are often higher in fats and calories and can defeat the purpose of a weight management diet. You don’t have to cut them out entirely, but consider saving treats for special moments to help support a healthy weight.

Should I feed my cat a variety of foods to ensure a balanced diet during weight loss?

Giving your cat complete nutrition that tastes great is as easy as opening just one bag of Purina Cat Chow. Each of our foods is specially formulated to contain all the nutrition your cat needs to be healthy and happy.

I have more than one cat in my home, but only one of them is overweight. How do I make sure all their individual needs are met?

Feeding multiple cats more than one formula of food would be a real challenge. Luckily, Purina® Cat Chow® Healthy Weight contains completely balanced nutrition for all cats, not just the ones who are overweight. And since cats love the taste and satisfying crunch, this simple solution is a win-win.



Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our company, our products and caring for your cats. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Q: How can I email or talk with the Purina Pet Care team?

A: If you would like to talk with us, please contact us here or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Our Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST
Q: How are Purina Cat Chow products different from other healthy pet foods?

A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

Q: How can I be sure of the quality of the Purina Cat Chow products?

A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
  • Ingredient Testing
  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
  • Ingredient Tracking & Control
  • 99% of all Purina pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities and Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retail stores.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Q: Do you offer coupons?

A: We offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. We don't have a regular section on our website itself. We suggest you watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat.