Body Condition Score

Cat

1 Too thin

  • Ribs, spine and pelvic bones easily visible on shorthaired cats
  • Very narrow waist
  • Small amount of muscle
  • No palpable fat on the rib cage
  • Severe abdominal tuck

Cat

2 Too thin

  • Ribs easily visible on shorthaired cats
  • Very narrow waist
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • No palpable fat on the rib cage
  • Very pronounced abdominal tuck

Cat

3 Too thin

  • Ribs visible on shorthaired cats
  • Obvious waist
  • Very small amount of abdominal fat
  • Marked abdominal tuck

Cat

4 Ideal

  • Ribs not visible but are easily palpable
  • Obvious waist
  • Minimal amount of abdominal fat

Cat

5 Ideal

  • Well proportioned
  • Ribs not visible but are easily palpable
  • Obvious waist
  • Small amount of abdominal fat
  • Slight abdominal tuck

Cat

6 Above ideal

  • Ribs not visible but palpable
  • Wasit not clearly defined when seen from above
  • Very slight abdominal tuck

Cat

7 Overweight

  • Ribs difficult to palpate under the fat
  • Waist barely visible
  • No abdominal tuck
  • Rounding of abdomen with moderate abdominal pad

Cat

8 Obese

  • Ribs not palpable under the fat
  • Waist not visible
  • Slight abdominal distension

Cat

9 Obese

  • Ribs not palpable under a thick layer of fat
  • Waist absent
  • Obvious abdominal distension
  • Extensive abdominal fat deposits
Much too thin
Too thin
Ideal weight
Above ideal
Overweight
Obese
Weight Tracker

The Royal Canin weight tracker allows you to track the weight of your pet. Simply select your pet, today’s date and your pet’s weight and track your pet’s progression on the graph.

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Body Condition Score guide

Look from above; how easily can you see the curve of their waist behind their ribs? What abdominal tuck can you see? Download a Body Condition Score chart to find out your pet’s shape.

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