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Cat Tips

Try to determine your cat's breed (or breeds), as certain health conditions have genetic links. For example, Persians and Abyssinians tend to be at risk for kidney problems, which are manageable if diagnosed early.

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Expert Q&A

We have a 5-month-old female lynx cat that seems to be very healthy, but we can feel her ribs and backbone. Is this normal?

You mention "lynx" cat, but this word refers to a few different breeds. There are the desert lynx and the highland lynx, for example. A "domestic lynx" refers to a cross between a small bobcat and Canadian lynx with domestic cats. They are gorgeous, fascinating felines, so congratulations on bringing such a beauty into your home. Ideally, you should be able to feel your cat's ribs, but there should be a slight covering of fat over them. In other words, you shouldn't just feel skin and bones. You should be able to observe a waist behind its ribs too. As kittens grow, they generally follow certain weight patterns. At eleven weeks, a normal kitten ideally weighs about 2.5 pounds. This jumps to about 4.5 pounds at 20 weeks, given the body changes that occur. By 50 weeks, your cat should weigh around 7 pounds. It's normal to feel a cat's ribs and backbone, but something else about your cat's appearance might be triggering your concern. We often hear about problems associated with overweight cats, but being underweight can be a symptom of underlying health issues, too. Get your cat checked out by a veterinarian to rule out such problems.

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