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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 11:13 PM
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Maybe parasites? They can cause swollen abdomen. Since she goes out, she could eat something and get infested with something.

That would be my first thought.
I guess vet check is in order. They will also palpate her abdomen and should be able to tell if gut and intestines feel not right.


Fingers crossed it's something minor. Keep us updated.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 11:17 PM
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My cat has so much fur that it is hard to get her actual weight.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Ugh. Vet confirmed 11.6 in June, and both my wife and I got 11.4 by the "with the cat then without the cat" method on the digital scale.

I feel kind of stupid spending the money on a vet visit. Seems pretty much like it has to be nothing -- dont think parasites could cause the full Garfield look.

Still, we are just so sure that she looks much heavier. The vet described it as a thing to watch in June, and it sure looks like more then that now.
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I kinda think parasites might cause gas and you'd notice it. Otherwise I think it's her winter coat has come in and she looks bigger than in June. Well, why not? Your own clothes are bigger than in June!
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I kinda think parasites might cause gas and you'd notice it. Otherwise I think it's her winter coat has come in and she looks bigger than in June. Well, why not? Your own clothes are bigger than in June!
Yeah, I think its just the winter coat. I think we got fooled because she is also a lot less active because she is still uncomfortable with the new kitten and the combination of looking bigger and being more torpid had us really noticing that she is somewhat overweight. But on really feeling her closely, things dont seem so different.
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Well, keep an eye on it. Weigh her around Christmas and see what's up then. If she's *way* different, then you can figure out what to do. Of course by then she may be tearing around with the kitten and lose weight... it's never as easy as it looks! Also, you may be comparing her (subconsciously) to the kitten, so of course she looks *big*.
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