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Body Condition Scoring


Body Condition Scoring

5... Obese Cat

  • Ribs and backbone not easily palpable under a heavy fat covering.
  • Abdomen rounded; waist barely visible to absent.
  • Prominent abdominal folds that sway from side to side when walking.

4... Overweight Cat

  • Slight increase in fat over ribs, but still easily palpable.
  • Abdomen slightly rounded, flanks concave.
  • Abdominal folds hang down with moderate amount of fat-jiggle noted when walking.

3... Ideal Cat

  • Ribs palpable but not visible.
  • Slight waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above.
  • Abdomen tucked, flank folds present.

2... Lean Cat

  • Backbone and ribs easily palpable.
  • Minimal fat covering.
  • Minimal waist when viewed from above
  • Slightly tucked abdomen.

1... Thin Cat

  • Ribs, vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible.
  • Thin neck and narrow waist. 
  • Obvious abdominal tuck.
  • No fat in abdominal folds, folds often absent.


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