The following article is courtesy of our partner, Banfield Pet Hospital. Used with permission.
Q: “I just adopted a new adult cat that seems to eat all day long. Is that normal, and how do you tell if he is fat?”
A: Some of them really like their food! Some cats must be fed in measured portions at meals times only or they will eat too much. Free feeding leads to obesity for some heavy eaters.
Normal body weights can vary for cats. Some small cats are normal at 6 lbs, while some large males are normal at 15 lbs. It requires a veterinary exam to determine what weight is good for an individual pet. There are some medical causes for weight gain as well. Check into a veterinary exam for your pet.