CAT BODY SHAPE GUIDE: FAT OR NOT?Step 1: Move your hands along the side of your cat's body and to feel the ribs.
Step 2: If your cat is within ideal weight you will have no problem counting the number of ribs (there will be fat around the ribs, that is normal, but you should be able to feel them easily)
Tracking the Ideal Weight for Kittens
My sister just got two, 7-week-old kittens.What is their ideal weight? She wants to be sure they are growing OK...Also, what is the average size and weight of a small-size adult house cat? Thanks, B
At 7 weeks, the kittens should weigh anywhere from 1.2 to 2.3 pounds...now when they reach adulthood their ideal size & weight will vary depending on their gender and breed.
Even more so than gender, Breed is the most important factor in assessing your cat's ideal weight.
My sister and I recently got two, 6-week-old kittens. They seemed to like us and their new home, but my kitten got fatter while my sister's seemed skinny. Also, My sister's kitten started licking my kitten's paw making a slurping sound. What does it mean? And how much should 10 to 12-week-old kittens weigh and/or on what should we weigh them on. Thanks, Carla
Do not worry about the slurping, the kitten is exhibiting a behavior from her nursing days and it is all harmless (read more in Newborn Kitten Care).
The weight difference is a trickier situation. There are a couple of potential causes. It is possible that the your sister's kitten just has a larger frame than the other. Another cause could be that one kitten may be eating more and/or exercising less than the other. If they are fed together, observe what quantities each of them eat. Also, be sure that both you and your sister are carefully following your kitten food's directions.
Another cause may be general health. If you have not done so already, take the kittens to the vet for their shots (they are at the right age). Have your vet test each kitten for the normal ailments since it is always possible that the little kitten may have an illness. As for their ideal weight, it will vary by breed. Your vet should be able to tell you how the little guys are doing relative to where they should be. In any event, please use the Kitten Weight by Age Table to see how your kittens stack up. Simba