Condition scoring

Updated: Mar 31


By far and away the best way to know whether you are feeding your pet the right amount of food is to check their condition score. Rather than simply weighing your pet, which gives a number but little context to know whether that number is right or not for your pet, condition scoring provides an accurate assessment of how much body fat any individual pet is carrying. And it’s really easy to do – simply take a look at your pet from the side and then run your hands over their flanks and hips and compare what you feel against this scale:




1. Very thin – the ribs and pelvis are prominent with very little fat cover and are very easy to feel as you run your hands over the body

2. Under-weight – the ribs and pelvis are visible but not prominent with little amount of fat covering the bones

3. Ideal – a thin layer of body fat covers the ribs and pelvic bones but they can still be easily felt

4. Over-weight – a thick layer of fat obscures the ribs and pelvis and it is hard to see any obvious waist

5. Obese – rolls of fat are obvious giving the animal a rotund look. Cats may have a large belly hanging low below their abdomen

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