How to Put Weight on Cats

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Putting weight on cats is generally not hard to do, as many indoor cats are already overweight, but giving thin cats a special diet can help put a little extra meat on their bones. Help a thin or malnourished cat gain weight with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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Video Transcript

Let's talk about how to put weight on cats. Now this generally in veterinarian medicine is not something that we have to do because a lot of indoor cats actually are overweight and so that is generally the norm. But if we have a cat that is thin and that we're trying to get weight on them, you can use special diets and things like that. Always check with your veterinary clinic first. If the cat is losing weight, there could be some underlining cause such as hyperthyroidism which is an over active thyroid or kidney disease or internal parasites or something like that. And so if we have a thin animal that has one of these diseases that's being managed, you need to talk to your clinic because there are certain diets that would bother the kidneys and certain ones that won't. What you're trying to do essentially is get a cat up to it's normal weight and that can vary because cats vary with their genetic in bone structure obviously. Some cats are much larger than others. And so check with your clinic because the other problem we have, especially in indoor cats is when they start gaining some weight it's hard to get them to stop because their metabolism slows down so much and so when you're trying to get weight on a cat using specific can foods or kitten foods for adult cats, that sort of thing, you've got to know what weight and when to stop or they're just going to keep gaining weight and they're going to have problems associated with that too.


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