- Too Thin,Too Stout or Moderate, Meaning Just Right
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Next week I will be posing for the Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest photo shoot. As you know, I am not one to shy away from the camera, and in fact some of you have said that I am a ham. Meaning that I pose for the camera and not that I am the upper part of a hog’s hind leg.
The upcoming photo shoot got me to thinking about my body condition. From previous photos, some of you have commented that I look fat. Some of you have said that I look healthy, but no comments have been made that I look too thin. Some say the camera adds ten pounds, but for cats, it might only be one pound. So what is my body condition? Am I too thin, too stout or moderate, meaning just right?
My Aunt Barbara came to visit a week ago. She told my mom that I looked too thin. My mom immediately jumped to my defense and said that she thought I was just right. Later that night, my mom asked my dad if he thought I was too thin. Then both of my parents peered around the counter while I was trying to chomp my chow and studied my body condition. My mom ran her fingers along my sides feeling for my ribs and my dad was checking to see if my spine was protruding. They concluded that I was just right and my mom scooped me up and they both gave me a few kisses.
A few days went by and there was no mention of my body condition. ~phew~
Then on Saturday, Fr. Jim came by to chomp chow with us. During their dinner, I walked over to my feeding station to get a little snack. I heard Fr. Jim say. “Gracey sure is thin.” My parents shot each other a quick glance and then all three of their heads turned to look at me. My dad said, “Do you really think so?” And Fr. Jim, not wanting to incite panic said “ Well, maybe other cats are just overweight.” I could still feel my parents eyes upon me. Oh boy, here we go again.
The next morning at breakfast, my parents began discussing my body condition. Once again, they both leaned around the counter and began to study me. This time they went to the computer to consult The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Body Condition Scoring Chart.
They skipped over the Emaciated and the Obese body condition. They knew I did not fit into either one of the extreme conditions. So they compared me to the Thin, Stout and Moderate conditions.
The first image that they looked at is for the cat that is considered to be Thin. A thin cat’s ribs are easily felt with the fingers and might be visible with no palpable fat. The top of the lumbar vertebrae can be seen and the pelvic bones are slightly prominent. There is an obvious waist and abdominal tuck. It was concluded that I am not Thin. You can’t see my ribs and I have a bit of a belly.
The second image that they focused on is the cat with a Stout body condition. Stout must be the Veterinary term for chubby. Sounds nicer, doesn’t it? A stout cat will have an overall fleshy appearance. You can’t easily feel the ribs. There will be fat deposits over the lumbar spine and tail base. The abdomen will not be tucked up. My parents concluded that even though I have a bit of a belly, I did not have the other characteristics of a stout cat body condition. They moved on to the next image.
The next image was that of the Moderate Cat. A cat with a moderate body condition has ribs that can be felt without excess fat covering them. The abdomen appears tucked up when viewed from the side. After a few moments of careful study, my parents concluded that my body condition is moderate or just right. Then they began to discuss whether they were the best judge of my condition because they see me every day and might be in denial. ~sigh~
What I know is that I feel fine. I chomp chow, play, leap and sleep just fine. I don’t care to discuss my litter pan habits at this moment, but I will tell you there are no problems.