Is your cat overweight or do they just have a prominent primordial pouch?
That’s what the loose skin is called on the belly of most cats, just in front of their hind legs. You can see this clearly in Shorty’s picture above. But don’t go out and get your kitty a tummy tuck! It’s supposed to be there to protect their abdomen and it also allows easier stretching and longer running strides. It might also have allowed the stomachs of their wild ancestors to expand after eating a big kill. Now they just expand because they like eating and sleeping so much!
But on fluffy cats like Shorty, it can make it hard to determine if your cat is pudgy or just pouchy. It’s actually prized on some cat breeds like the Bengal, Egyptian Mau, and Pixie Bob. On cats like Kodi, it’s barely visible.
Overweight cats can store fat in the primordial pouch, so don’t write-off their possible weight issues as anatomy. When you feel their belly — well, if they allow you to feel their belly — does it feel like a half-empty water balloon or a full bean bag? If it’s the former, then that’s probably just the pouch. If it’s the latter, you may need to examine how much food and exercise they are getting and adjust as necessary. Ensure your cat is of a healthy weight by checking out this article and scheduling a check-up with your veterinarian.