Are some cats just naturally fat?

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
July 30, 2007 11:45am CST
Last week, I took Waffles, one of my cats, to the vet for a check-up. Basically, the cat is healthy, although she gained two pounds, according to the vet. Also, the vet did not say anything about Waffles' weight gain as being unhealthy. Waffles, after all, is rather a big girl, a neutered calico cat, whom I adopted from a shelter last October. I also took my Columbus cat to the vet and learned that the cat also gained some weight, though not as much as Waffles. Columbus is a big cat who doesn't appear to have a weight problem. So all of this led me to wonder if some cats are just naturally fat. What do you think? And have you had any experience in caring for fat (overweight?) cats?
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@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Aug 07
Wilby - Fat cat - Wilby before he lost weight
Yes I think they can - just like people! Some are genetically likely to be bigger boned and generally larger than others. To be honest - I don't see a problem unless they are so clinically obese that it might affect their hearts. A big cat is far healthier than a poor, thin, emaciated stray one:-(( And the fact that your cats are slightly overweight obviously means they are happy and contented which is a good thing. As for what you can do - well here in the UK we can buy special low-fat cat food, just as you can buy low fat food for humans, and more exercise always helps. One of my older cats, Wilby, was vastly overweight for a while, because he was a sray, and once he found a loving home, he never wanted to go out - all he did was slept and ate all day!!! But when we got Lily, she is so energetic, that she was continually bouncing round him trying to make himm play with her - and he has lost some weight since her arrival. Good luck!
• United States
3 Aug 07
I think some may. I have two cats that I adopted. One is a male, fixed, 16 pounds, but not a bit of fat. Very large. Then we got a tortie, she is fixed too. She is so stocky and fat. She is hyper active, and I don't over feed her, she is 12 pounds. Too much for her.
@naadia (830)
• India
31 Jul 07
i think so..i never see a slim cat! may be because cats always got food from anywhere!i love cats very much...but i dont have any pets...my mom dont like cats...in my colony there are many cats and i watched many time they playing with other...i love to watch!
• United States
31 Jul 07
i dont think that the wight is a problem. after all my wife and i's cat chipper is what a vet would call a little overweight. but then he is ten years old also so i guess he has earned the right to eat as much as he wants. besides he still acts like a little kitten
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
31 Jul 07
E.B. with bad "red eye" - This was taken not too long after we got her, she filled out more later.
I've got fat cats, I've got thin cats. I've got long, lean orientals & I've got "cobbies."A "cobby" is a cat that is kind of short & round, even when they are not overwight. They have short bodies, short legs, short tails & round heads. They do tend to become easily overweight because of their natural body shape. If your Waffles was actually overwieght, I'm sure your vet would've mentioned something - I know mine does. A cat can continue filling out, putting on muscle mass (that weighs more than fat) well into what is otherwise considered adulthood. Like a fat person that starts exercising, they might only lose 20 lbs, but since its muscle, they might've lost 10-12 inches in the waist. A cat that's been stuck in a shelter cage is now getting more exercise, so she's putting on some weight, but its muscle. We took in a cat in Jan of 2006. She was 14 months old. Because of her breed, she continued to grow, she gained 5 lbs, but it was all muscle. She's rampage thru the house, up and down cat trees, into the eyebrow window & then, back again. And nothing breakable had better be in her way, because she scattered cats & stuff behind her as she went! We found her a new home & she went early this month. Now she has a new cat friend & new cat parents that can love her & give her more attention than we ever could.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
30 Jul 07
We have 2 domestic short hairs, the male - Sigil - weighs 11 lbs (even with the typical male hanging pot belly), the female - Vanessa - weighs 9. My husband has a cat that lives at his moms house that is a domestic short hair and he weighs 25 lbs but has the stature for it. His is wide shouldered and has large paws. He is not on a diet. All cats are different, just like people.
@dbhattji (2507)
• India
30 Jul 07
Cats have the same metabolism and very diseases like humans so I suppose just like some people are naturally fat, some cats also must be. I haven't seen any naturally fat cats but my brothers dog is naturally fat - he is a Besant Hound.
@luvcatzzz (208)
• United States
30 Jul 07
in my experience having a houseful of 'em since i do rescue work and such... they all eat the same thing... and i have a couple who are just MONSTERS and i have some who are little things. and in between too. so i'm thinking it's not so much about the food, but the cat! :-D