Suddenly Appears Huge Without Weight Gain???
We have had Rocky, a 7 or 8 year old spayed female, for 4 years or so. She has always been an indoor/outdoor cat, and like all such cats, she appears to gain some volume in winter due to fluffier fur. At the last vet check, she weighed 11.6, and he said she was fine but we would have to watch the weight a little. In the last few months, she has started to look like a garfield cat. Basically, since our 17 year old cat died. We have been feeding less, or trying too, and the 17 year old didnt eat all that much anyway, but this is what we thought might be different. (They didnt play much, so activity levels are obviously not really impacted.)
Today, we decided that "enough is enough, we need to know how bad this has gotten" and stepped on our digital scale with and without the cat. The digital scale is obviously not super reliable in terms of tenths of a pound, but we have done this several times, and it does more or less check with vet results. We expected 13+. The result? 11.2.
She looks a lot different. She isnt due for a vet check up for months.
I'm confused. Any thoughts? The only thing I can come up with is that I'm some how misremembering how fluffy she gets in winter. But it sure doesnt seem like just fluff.