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I love and take good care of my cat, but until recently I didn’t know how to tell if my cat has a healthy body condition. I mean, I can look at her, and she looks happy and healthy, but I had no idea there was an easy way for me to check her body condition until I partnered with Purina ONE® for launch of their new Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken and learned more about the Whole Body Health Project.
Have you considered your cat’s whole body health? If you are like me, you have thought about it but weren’t sure where to start. Thankfully, expert behaviorists and nutritionists from Purina ONE created the Whole Body Health Project to provide cat owners like you and me with daily routines we can create for our cat to promote their lifelong health and happiness.
It’s important to know whether or not your cat has a healthy body condition, which is easier to keep track of than you might think.
How Can You Tell If Your Cat Has a Healthy Body Condition?
Creating a baseline for your cat’s body condition can help you identify potential problems that may occur in the future. Signs of a healthy body condition include moderate temperature, punk gums, and tongue, lean muscle, and ribs that can be felt but are not protruding.
Once you establish a baseline, it’s important to routinely check your cat’s body condition to ensure they are maintaining a healthy weight that contributes to their Whole Body Health for a lifetime. Since my idea of what healthy ribs should feel like and what they are supposed to feel like might be two different things, I am glad Purina ONE taught me how to perform the Knuckle test. The Knuckle test is an excellent way to ensure your cat’s body condition is healthy? Don’t worry it’s super easy.
How to use the knuckle test to check your cat’s body condition:
Conduct a knuckle test by following the below steps:
1.) First, you will want to put your hand out parallel to the floor and make a fist.
2.) Run your hand over your knuckles. Be sure to pay attention to how it feels.
3.) Now, feel your cat’s ribs. If your cat is healthy, their ribs should feel similar to the way your knuckles felt in Step 1.
As we have discussed in the past, it’s important to pay attention to your cat’s Whole Body Health, which consists of their appetite, behavior, and physical condition. To learn more about Purina ONE’s Whole Body Health Project click here.
Now try the Knuckle Test with your kitty and let us know what you learned about your cat in the comments sections below.