Learn your cat’s Body Condition Score

January 14, 2018

As they get older cats, just like us, may become more prone to weight fluctuations. More often than not, like us, they are likely to put on a bit extra – especially if they prefer purring to prowling.

If a cat is overweight or underweight, it can lead to health problems, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on your cat’s body condition.

You spend a lot of time with your pet so it’s not always easy to spot if it is putting on or losing weight – so our nurses can offer body condition checks for your cat.

Book a Body Condition Score appointment

What to expect at your Body Condition Score appointment

Our Chelmsford Road vet nurses will assess your cat on a scale of one to five, ranging from very thin to obese, and outline the health problems that can come with those extremes.

Once you’ve had your assessment, you’ll have a better idea of how to keep it at a healthy weight; and our downloadable Body Condition Score Chart should help.

Tips for keeping cats a healthy weight

Meanwhile, here are a few tips on keeping your cat in great shape:

Feed the right diet

Take into account the age, lifestyle and health. A 12-year-old overweight cat with diabetes will need a different diet to a plump, 6-year-old.

Measure food

Work out how many calories are used in a day and feed just enough to allow your cat to burn up slightly more than it eats.

Encourage exercise and play

  • Get your cat to chase toys
  • Feed it in different locations to encourage it to forage
  • Provide climbing and scratching posts
  • Give it scrunched up paper balls to play with
  • Leave boxes and paper bags around the house for your cat to explore and hide in

At Edgewood Veterinary Group we are here to help, so why not call us today to book in for one of our nurse-led body condition checks?

Ask us for more details

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are required for our website to operate and include items such as whether or not to display this pop-up box or your session when logging in to the website. These cookies cannot be disabled.


We use 3rd party services such as Google Analytics to measure the performance of our website. This helps us tailor the site content to our visitors needs.


From time to time, we may use cookies to store key pieces of information to make our site easier for you to use. Examples of this are remembering selected form options to speed up future uses of them. These cookies are not necessary for the site to work, but may enhance the browsing experience.


We may use advertising services that include tracking beacons to allow us to target our visitors with specific adverts on other platforms such as search or social media. These cookies are not required but may improve the services we offer and promote.

Change Settings

Welcome. You can control how we use cookies and 3rd party services below

Change Settings Accept
Learn how we use cookies