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How Can You Tell If Your Pet Is Overweight?

Is your pet a little (a lot) overweight? Here are some tips to help you and your little one out...


"How can you tell if your pet is overweight? There are a few little things us vets look at to assess their body condition score, which you can do at home as well.

First of all see if you can feel their ribs, now I can feel Teddy’s ribs, just. See if you can feel his spine, I can feel his spine in there. There is a little bit of a fat layer that shouldn’t be there but I can feel it. There’s a bit of fat at the base of his tail and that probably shouldn’t be there as much as it is.

The easiest thing to do for a dog is when they are having a bath and they are wet because their fur does add a little bit of width onto them but not heaps. Just look at them from the top. So when you’re looking at Teddy from the top if you’re having a look at him now, he’s a little bit of barrel shape so he kind of just goes straight down. He doesn’t have much of a waist. Us humans want a waist; dogs need one as well to look slim and fit. This is how he should look, so he should have a little waist. It should be out at the ribs and go in at the waist.

With cats look at the tummy, fat cats will have a pendulous tummy and that’s a really good indicator that they are eating too much food. But when you are as cute as Teddy it’s really hard to say no, so maybe he just needs more walks."

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.