All cats have the potential to pile on the pounds. Eating a generous serving of food each day and sleeping through most of the rest of it can be a one-way ticket to obesity. Too much fat on their little forms increases their risk of many conditions, including diabetes and arthritis.
Some breeds are more prone to obesity than others, and although chubby cats look cute, keeping yours within a healthy weight range is important.
When they have the right diet and adequate exercise, a Devon rex will adopt a lean and muscular appearance. However, high-fat diets and a lack of healthy protein can soon cause havoc with their physique. Devon rex cats are most likely to thrive when they eat food that contains L-carnitine—an enzyme that utilizes their fat reserves.
They may benefit from eating the same formulations that keep Siamese cats healthy, as pet food made for Siamese cats is often rich in L-carnitine. A typical Devon rex should reach 9 lbs maximum.
As medium-sized cats with adorable rolls throughout their body, Scottish folds may look cuter when they’re chubby, but it isn’t wise to let them go above their upper healthy body weight of 9 lbs for a female and 13 lbs for a male. These naturally curvy cats may look a little round even when they’re healthy. Therefore, it’s wise to check their weight periodically.
Himalayan cats are a glorious blend of dazzling eyes, a sullen face, and long, lustrous fur. Thanks to their abundance of fur, it’s sometimes hard to tell whether they’re putting on weight. While females weigh between 8 and 12 lbs, males can weigh even more.
As naturally laid-back cats, they’re not great lovers of exercise, so it’s essential to pay careful attention to how much they eat to avoid obesity.
With heavy muscles and heavy boning, American shorthairs often feel large when you scoop them up. They have a strong history of earning their keep by chasing and killing rodents. Unfortunately, as many don’t fulfill that role today, they don’t always get enough exercise.
American shorthairs can maintain a healthy weight through regular indoor play and a lean diet that’s high in protein. While females should weigh only 12 lbs, males shouldn’t weigh over 15.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking every sphynx is naturally svelte. However, although these cats are high-energy, they also have impressive appetites. When they’re left to satiate their own hunger, they’ll almost certainly eat to excess, so it's wise to avoid tools such as automatic feeders with a sphynx.
With their naturally round and thick appearance, British shorthair cats may look fat even when they’re not. They have cute roles that, when coupled with their affectionate nature, make them incredibly endearing. While some rolls are normal, know that females should way a maximum of 12 lbs while males can safely reach up to 17 lbs.
Ragdolls are a highly desirable breed of cats known for eagerly flopping into their owner's arms. One especially cute feature is the fat pad across their abdomen, which gives them an adorable round look. While a ragdoll’s fat pad is normal, it’s essential to not let it get out of control and to keep their weight to under 15 lbs for females and 20 lbs for males.
Siamese cats are always shown as naturally slender creatures, all throughout popularized by mainstream media—look at any film featuring a Siamese cat, and you’ll see an elegant and muscular feline. In reality, if you don’t closely monitor their diet and give them opportunities to exercise, they’ll pile on the pounds.
Persian cats have layer upon layer of fur that makes them appear naturally large. Although they enjoy occasional explosions of energetic play, they’re naturally docile animals. Many Persians love lounging with their owners or laying on sunny windowsills.
When they have unrestricted access to food, they’ll eat lavishly and grow chunky. Ideally, though, a male Persian cat should weigh no more than 18 lbs, and a female shouldn't exceed 12 lbs.
Maine coons are naturally large cats with a larger-than-life presence. They have the potential to reach an especially grand size as males, where their upper healthy weight can hit an impressive 25 lbs. When living as indoor cats, Maine coons benefit from pet trees that encourage them to leap around. Where possible, they’ll thrive in homes that allow them to run around a yard or an expansive cat pen.
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