The Healthy Hug™ Test is a quick and simple way to find out whether your kitten’s body mass is too little, too much, or just right. It’s important for you to know your feline’s body mass, as it will affect how much you should feed her.
To do a Healthy Hug™ Test:
1. Place your thumbs on your kitten’s backbone and spread both hands across her rib cage. Can you feel her ribs easily through her fur? If not, your kitten might need to lose a few pounds. On the other hand, if your kitten’s ribs protrude abnormally, she could be too thin.
2. Examine your kitten’s profile from the side. Does she have a clearly defined abdomen that’s slightly tucked up behind her rib cage? If her belly is overly rounded, she may be eating too much.
3. Look at your kitten from overhead. Can you see a “waist” behind her ribs? If your kitten is at a healthy weight, she should have an appealing “hourglass figure.”