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do cats get bigger/fatter/heavier in Winter

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catwoman0815 Sun 18-Dec-16 16:28:14

I am only having a cat since April this year. 5 year old gorgeous rescue tiger.

He was slimmer when we got him - 4kg bang on. He now is about 4.35 kg.

is this normal winter weight gain or shall I consider cutting down on food for him?

catwoman0815 Sun 18-Dec-16 16:31:27

he is on a largely raw diet - about 100gr/daily, i.e.~2.5% of his body weight.

LanaorAna1 Sun 18-Dec-16 16:37:41

He sounds lovely. That is a fine weight. Cats move much less in winter, and they do also grow thicker winter fur, so weight gain is normal.

Relax and keep up the snacks!

MrsChrisPratt Sun 18-Dec-16 16:40:03

My cat always turns into a little fatty in the winter. She doesn't like to go outside in the cold/wet and gets a little paunch. Loses it every summer. I wouldn't worry too much.

catwoman0815 Sun 18-Dec-16 16:40:04

thanks. He is definitely more of a home boy since it got colder.

RatOnnaStick Sun 18-Dec-16 16:45:10

The Snowshoe is a racing snake in summer and we don't see him from dawn til dusk but he's a lazy fatso in the winter. Definitely a layer of blubber goes on in autumn.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 18-Dec-16 17:23:41

Yes, mines 6.5kg now.

IfartInYourGeneralDirection Sun 18-Dec-16 17:25:27

Yep mine gets her 'winter padding'
She's very slinky and skinny usually but will stay chunky till the end of Feb and then she quickly loses it

PurpleMcPants Sun 18-Dec-16 17:28:28

Yes, my black cat is a right old tubster at the moment, although most of it seems to be extra fur! She's not eating any more, in fact is eating a lot less as the number of hunts has gone down a lot but is spending much longer dozing in front of the fire or on a bed. Cats really have the right idea, don't they?

MinceForBrains Sun 18-Dec-16 17:29:21

Mine is a year round lardarse but more so in winter. Not helped by his (already dense) coat thickening and adding visual bulk. He spends more time inside, loafing around.

catwoman0815 Sun 18-Dec-16 17:36:30

his fur is so thick and shiny. I was crediting myself for because of the raw diet but it seems it is a winter thing after all grin

Weedsnseeds1 Sun 18-Dec-16 17:40:41

Yes, they do seem to. Their winter coat also comes in. Mine has his winter ruff and you can hardly see his face when he snuggles into it!

roseteapot101 Sun 18-Dec-16 17:42:07

yeah normal for winter just wait for the post winter shed i recommend a slicker brush

EagleIsland Sun 18-Dec-16 17:43:22

Yes cats do, all animals naturally put on weight in the Autumn to see them through winter Then loose it in the spring.......humans do too

MinceForBrains Sun 18-Dec-16 17:46:01

Love weedspuss' polo neck grin

RubbishMantra Sun 18-Dec-16 18:17:56

I call it their "Winterskin".

Toddlerteaplease Tue 20-Dec-16 09:29:27

@weedsneeds. How cute is that!!

Clankboing Tue 20-Dec-16 09:31:04

Yes mine does. She sleeps more instead of prowling about.

WhoKn0wsWhereTheMistletoes Tue 20-Dec-16 09:37:03

One of mine does (she's a bit overweight normally and has very thick fur) the other, who is naturally slim doesn't seem to.

Toddlerteaplease Tue 20-Dec-16 10:55:10

Both of my long haired girls get a winter coat as well. Was panicking a bit the other day as they'd had a really good groom and I could feel fattycat's shoulder blades. I was worried she'd lost weight instead of fur! Both a bit chunky.

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