Healthy weight starts with healthy habits

A healthy weight is key to your cat's general health and wellbeing. Here are four simple ways to help maintain a healthy weight and shape for your cat.

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Healthy weight isn't only measured on a scale

Weighing your cat is not the only way to check if they're overweight. You can find out if your cat's a healthy weight and shape, by asking your vet about Body Condition Scoring.

Healthy Shape
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Healthy activity requires play

Playtime is key to keeping your cat mentally stimulated, active and at a healthy weight. The amount of exercise they need will vary depending upon their age, weight and breed.

Healthy Activity
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Healthy portions are smaller than you think

Many pet owners think their cat needs more food than they really do. This means that many cats are overfed; this contributes to weight gain, which in turn, may lead to other health issues.

Healthy Portioning
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Healthy growth lasts a lifetime

Losing weight is more challenging than maintaining a healthy weight in the first place, so it's important that healthy habits and behaviours are introduced from day one.

Healthy Growth
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Body Condition Score

Body Condition Scoring is a tool to help you understand what is an ideal shape for your pet. Your pet’s health is in your hands and we’re here to help with our interactive tool.

Body Condition Score Tool
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A word from Alexander German, Professor of Small Animal Medicine

Success should be viewed less in terms of reaching a 'perfect weight', than in permanently maintaining weight lost. Unless bad habits are permanently changed, long term weight management will fail.
— Alexander J. German, Royal Canin Professor of Small Animal Medicine; Head of the Royal Canin Weight Management Clinic, University of Liverpool, UK

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If you have concerns about your cat's weight, get in touch with a vet for professional, specialist advice.

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