We often think which is better frontline or advantage for cats. Okay, it’s time to determine your cat’s body condition score. And remember, once we know that, we can determine his ideal weight. You’ll almost never see the ribs on your cat, unless he’s not only very emaciated but also has a really short-haired coat. But you should definitely be able to feel them, and you shouldn’t have to dig through excessive layers of fat to do so. Ideally, your cat should be standing for this evaluation. Position yourself behind your cat, but in such a way that you’re still able to place one hand on each side of his chest. Using your fingers, gently press inward until you feel the ribs. You should readily feel each one, as well as the indentation between the ribs. If you have to dig deep through a lot of layers of fat or if you’re starting to worry that you’re making your cat uncomfortable, or if you can’t feel any ribs at all, your cat is probably too heavy.
Now that we’ve assessed the rib area, let’s concentrate on the second area of the body: the view from the back from the top. A dog that has a healthy weight will have a noticeable waist that curves gently inward just behind the last rib and goes all the way to the hips. However, a cat with an easily noticeable waist or a spine that protrudes too much upward or hipbones that protrude out, is likely too thin. When viewing your cat from the top, as he is standing, you should just see a quick dip behind the last rib and then again in front of the rear legs. Between these two reference points, you shouldn’t notice that the body protrudes out too much from either side. The lack of either of these dips, along with especially obvious out pouching in the abdominal region when viewed from above, likely means your cat is too heavy. Also, a normal cat will have a covering of skin and a moderate layer of fat along both sides of the spine and hips, so that the bones don’t poke out.
The last step in assessing your cat’s body condition, after assessing the chest and the back, is weighing-in on the amount of abdominal fat that he has. And this one is something that you’re going to feel more than see. Cats have a fat pad on their abdomen, just in front of their rear legs. You should be able to feel this with your hand. Now if you can’t, your cat’s too thin. An appropriate fat pad feels about the size of a lemon or a small orange. More than this and your cat is too heavy.
So a lot of people ask me, “When should Is tart anti-aging therapies? Should I start now?” And what I always tell patients when they come to the office is, “First we need to talk about what aging is. ” And that’s exactly what we’re going to do in today’s video. So a lot of people might find this a controversial, but aging is a disease. It’s not a disease like a cancer or an infection, of course not. But aging is what I would consider a degenerative disease. The sort of thing that happens just from living life and wear and tear over time. People don’t really think about it, but your face is an organ, just like your heart or your lungs, it has a function; and that function is to convey to the world what you are feeling- happiness, love, sadness sometimes, anger.
But the purpose of the face is to let the world know how you feel. When you look into the eyes of your lover, you want him to feel appreciated, adored. But if your child has done something unsafe or put herself in harm’s way, she needs to know that you are worried and concerned. If you show worry when you’re concerned, and love when you’re worried, no one knows what you’re feeling, and that’s confusing to everyone. I call this emotional mismatch. Emotional mismatch is when you are wearing emotions that you don’t feel on the inside. It’s like wearing a mask of someone who is not you, all the time. So emotional mismatch is what happens when certain emotions become etchedonto our faces over time; emotions that we are not feeling.