Took my cats to the vet for their annual checkup. Jessie who's at least 8 years old (we don't know how old she was when we got her from the shelter) weighs 9 pounds and the vet was very pleased with that. Oscar and Felix who are 2 year old brothers (gotten as kittens from a shelter) each weigh 13 pounds. Felix is part Maine Coon and Oscar is all black. The vet was not too pleased and said that was a "gigantic" weight for a cat. I'm just curious what the group thinks since there are many knowledgeable people here. Is 13 pounds too fat? They don't look fat... Well you can't tell with Felix, he's all full of fluffy fur, but Oscar is very sleek. Thanks Judy F
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Took my cats to the vet for their annual checkup. Jessie who's at least 8 years old (we don't know ... Oscar is all black. The vet was not too pleased and said that was a "gigantic" weight for a cat.

He doesn't see too many Norweigen (sp?) Forest cats, eh? They can hit 22 pounds.
I'm just curious what the group thinks since there are many knowledgeable people here. Is 13 pounds too fat? They don't look fat... Well you can't tell with Felix, he's all full of fluffy fur, but Oscar is very sleek. Thanks Judy F

You can't go by pounds. It varies by body type.
You should be able to feel the ribs, but not see them. You should be able to feel the hip bones, but not see them. (For long-hairs, wet the cat in the bath so the fur doesn't make him look bigger than he is.) You should be able to see a noticable waist when looking from above. You should be able to see a noticable abdomen (that is, it is supposed to tuck slightly, not bulge out) when he is standing.

My MC or Norweigen(sp?) mix (we think) was 18 pounds of solid muscle when he was young and healthy. (RIP Tommy boy) Biggest cat I ever had. My Mom has an MC-type cat (moggie; who the heck knows what's in him, but his body type is similar to an MC) that is 12 pounds and not a bit overweight.
My tabby male is 12 pounds and IS overweight. My girls are 8 pounds or so and are at their ideal weight. So, it really depends on the cat.

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Took my cats to the vet for their annual checkup. Jessie who's at least 8 years old (we don't know ... Well you can't tell with Felix, he's all full of fluffy fur, but Oscar is very sleek. Thanks Judy F

As with people, the weight itself doesn't mean much. One of our cats weighed in at 13 lbs. 6 oz. this morning and that's too fat for her we'd like to get her down to 12.8 but it's better than the 14 lbs she was at last spring. But if our 9 lb cat ever got to 12 lbs she'd be absolutely enormous she's already too fat, and on the other hand, our third cat is too thin at 7 and a half pounds I'd like to get her up to 8. My point is that it really all depends on the size and bone structure of the cat.
If your cats are are large, which they probably are if part Maine Coon, 13 lbs may be just right. Yes, it can be hard to tell on a fluffy cat, but feel how your "just right" cat feels and then run your hands over the other two. Can you feel more fat over the shoulders and hips? Can you feel the ribs or is there too much padding?
There are also visual guides but I haven't found those to be too useful with our cats. From above, our pudgy cat always looks like the slim picture because she has a broad rib cage. I can tell more by how prominent her shoulder blades feel (and of course, we weigh her twice a month now).
Took my cats to the vet for their annual checkup. Jessie who's at least 8 years old (we don't know ... Well you can't tell with Felix, he's all full of fluffy fur, but Oscar is very sleek. Thanks Judy F

That's about what Grant has always weighed since adulthood and he is not fat.
Karen
It really isn't the number of pounds, it's whether the cat is in proportion to its bone structure. I have a big-boned female who was just diagnosed as hyperthyroid, and my vet said she was "a bit thin". I have a slender male whom the vet said was "getting a bit chunky".
They each weigh the same 10.6 pounds.
Can you feel the cat's ribs if you press your hand against her side? If so, she's not overweight. If not, there may indeed be a problem. Daria
Timing is everything.
Thanks everyone for your comments. I can feel Oscar and Jessie's ribs, but not Felix's...he is a big boy...
Judy F
Took my cats to the vet for their annual checkup. Jessie who's at least 8 years old (we don't know ... Well you can't tell with Felix, he's all full of fluffy fur, but Oscar is very sleek. Thanks Judy F[/nq]Frankly your vet sounds like he's ignorant and that's a bit scary. There are some Maine Coon cats that weigh 20 lbs or more simply because they're big cats. There's a formal 1-10 scale used to assess whether a cat's weight is appropriate based upon the signs of body fat; for example, (I'm going from memory because I saw the scale at the vet, so the examples may not be exactly accurate) a "3" would be a cat with a protruding spine, ribs and shoulder blades; a "5" is a cat whose ribs are not visible but can be fairly easily felt through a small layer of fat, a "7" would be a cat which does not have a deliniated waist and whose ribs are a difficult to find without a little pressure, etc.

The "3" body is considered underweight, the "5" roughly the right weight, and the "7" a bit overweight.

Just as in people, the absolute weight of a cat doesn't determine by itself whether the cat is overweight; just like with people it's the percentage of body fat that really determines the issue.
Tiger, I believe, is at least part Maine Coon and at the last vet visit he weighed 19 pounds. His long hair makes him appear fat.
-MIKE
Tiger, I believe, is at least part Maine Coon and at the last vet visit he weighed 19 pounds. His long hair makes him appear fat.
-MIKE
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