How Fat is Your Cat?
An online pet weight translator will help you determine whether your pet is eating healthy or is in danger to develop potentially serious medical conditions
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has created an online pet weight translator, including weight tables of the most common breeds, to calculate and compare the weight of your pet. This helpful tool is designed to not just indicate the weight of the animal, but to also educate owners about the dangers of pet obesity and the necessity to provide a well-balanced diet.
APOP Founder and President Dr. Ernie Ward commend the measuring tool, saying “As a veterinarian I’m always looking for ways to demonstrate how serious even a few extra pounds can be on a pet . These tables and calculations put pet weights in human terms, making it easier to understand. For example, if I tell a client their female Lab is 20 pounds overweight, that doesn’t sound too bad. Owners think ‘It’s a big dog.’ If I tell them it’s the same as them weighing almost 190 pounds, suddenly the light bulb goes on. ‘My dog is fat.’”
The pet weight translator could prevent many diseases and disorders in animals, which often lead to serious medical complications. For example, arthritis and diabetes are conditions that can be easily prevented by following basic weight guidelines to avoid excess pounds simply through providing a balanced diet.
The calculations using this tool are performed in a fairly traditional way, and is actually very simple to use. As the starting point for calculation, the system uses the upper range of ‘normal’ weights for women and men, plus the upper weight range for different breeds of animal.
Some data examples taken from the APOP database are:
90 pound female Labrador retriever is equal to a 186 pound 5′ 4″ human female or 217 pound 5′ 9″ male. Every excess pound on a female Lab is equal to 4 to 5 pounds on a 5′ 4″ female or 5′ 9″ male.
15 pound average cat is equal to a 218 pound 5′ 4″ female or 254 pound 5′ 9″ male. Every excess pound on an average cat is equal to 14 to 15 pounds on a 5′ 4″ female or 17 pounds on a 5′ 9″ male.
Visit the web page of the Pet Obesity Prevention Association to check out this unique tool.
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