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7 pudgy pets that should lay off the kibble

By: Catie Leary on Feb. 23, 2011, 11:55 a.m.
Giuly, a plushy British shorthair cat, rolls onto her back and snoozes on a blanket.

Photo: bagonville chiara/Flickr

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Let fat felines lie

Giuly, a plushy British shorthair cat that lives in Florence, Italy, snoozes against a pillow. This breed of cat is naturally stocky and muscular, but it's always good to keep an eye on the pounds.

Indoor cats areĀ susceptible to unhealthy weight gain. In fact, it's estimated nearly one third of all indoor cats are obese due to lack of activity and high consumption of calories brought on by free-feeding.

One of the best ways to determine if your cat is overweight or obese is to feel along its sides. You should be able to feel each individual rib with only a moderate layer of fat on top.