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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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how much should my cat weigh

My cat is about 7 months old. It seems like he has put on abit of weight rather quickly. I was away for a few weeks and noticed it when i got back. He weights about 9 lbs. What is a normal weight for a cat that age?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 03:23 AM
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They gain weight pretty quickly...Thomas shot up to 12 lbs before he reached a year!

Here's another thread on this same topic:
http://www.catforum.com/viewtopic.php?t ... ght=weight

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I don't think there is an idea weight for cats. Just like people...it depends on there bone structure, height, etc. Kitty is 12.4 lbs and is BIG. She has a big saggy belly and is a slow mover. Thomas is 12.2 lbs and is almost perfect. He's just starting to get a little belly (vet says more excersize is in order).

You can tell if your cat is overweight by looking at them. Just follow the guidelines laid out here, Kitty is about an 8 and Thomas is about a 6:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm ... icleid=660
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 10:26 AM
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my kitten is 5 months old and is about 5 pounds. my 9 year old cat is 12 pounds. it depends on the cats genetics too. there are some cats that are only 5 pounds at full size, and others that are 20 pounds at full size and NOT overweight.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 02:32 PM
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I agree with Celeste, however it is very rare that a typical dsh/dlh cat weighs 20 lbs and is not overweight. I'm not saying it's NOT possible, but it's rare. Most cats that reach 20lbs ARE overweight.
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on another forum, this guy had a stray that he took in that weighed 19 pounds. i saw a pic of the cat and he was just a HUGE cat. he was a short hair, and he was NOT fat. he was about right, maybe with a TINY bit of flab on his tummy, but not too much. he was just a gigantic cat.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 02:36 PM
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I believe you. It's just not that common for a 20lbs domestic short/long hair cat to be within it's healthy weight range. I just don't want folks to read this and think, oh, okay, 20lbs is fine - for most cats - not all - it's not fine.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 07:37 PM
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Yep, cats come in all sizes. My girls are 8 and 9lbs, pretty petite. My parents have a DSH that's in the 20lb range and he is just a wall of solid muscle.

The chart that Kitty's Mom posted really helps.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 07:56 PM
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I didn't even notice that chart. That's great, it's just like the one they have at the vets office.
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