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Is my Matilda too skinny?
I\'m starting to be considered about whether or not my cat is too skinny. I\'ve been following the rule of thumb for dogs...1) you should be able to see their waist and 2) be able to feel their ribcage without probing for it but not see their ribs.
Following this rule of thumb Matilda is just right. Then I spent the weekend at my friends house. She has 5 cats and they are all much bigger than Matilda. My friends 8-month old cat is twice Matilda\'s size. I\'ve been scoping all the pet stores adoption areas and all their cats Matilda\'s age are much bigger than her.
Matilda stopped gaining weight at 7 months. She was 7 pounds then and 5 months later is still 7 pounds. She\'s grown longer in 5 months but hasn\'t put on more weight.
While she was a kitten I did free feed her. Often Matilda would rarely finish all of her food. I thought she was going to be a finichy eater. Once she turned one I stopped free feeding. Now, every time I step in the kitchen she runs to me begging for food. Just figured she was still getting use to not having food always available.
It wasn\'t until I started comparing her other cats that I\'ve been wondering if she is too skinny. She\'s very small compared to the other year old kitties.
I know without actually seeing Matilda it would be hard to tell if she is too skinny or not. But I was wondering what guidelines other follow to determine if their cat is the right size. And wondering if I should go back to free feeding. Matilda usually eats all her food now that I\'ve stopped free feeding. I also hid a handful of kibble around the house for her to find daily.