Even cats that are at a healthy weight may have a protective layer of skin, fur and fat called a primordial pouch that hangs down on each side of the belly, but an overweight belly shouldn't be mistaken for a pouch, says AVMA President-elect Dr. José Arce. Cats may have developed the pouches to protect their internal organs, store food after a big meal, or to chase prey or evade predators faster, Dr. Arce says. Regardless, if an indentation is not visible at the cat's hips, the cat is probably overweight, he says.
What's the difference between belly fat and a primordial pouch?
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