Thursday, February 12, 2009

Weighing My Cat

My cat Simon seems to be thinner these days. I am concerned. Unexplained weight loss could be a symptom of hyperthyroidism. I started feeding him a bit more to see if I could bulk him up. He is the largest of the five, so more food makes sense. Now I need to weigh him every week or two, and monitor what I hope will be a weight gain.

To measure his weight, I need a decent scale. The one in my bathroom is an old digital scale and is unreliable. I considered getting a baby scale, but they are expensive, and I wasn't sure the cats would stay still on it. So I went to Bed Bath and Beyond today and bought a new digital scale. This scale is accurate (or so they claim) to 0.2 pounds, and it looks a whole lot nicer than my old one. I can hold a cat in my arms, note the weight, then subtract my own weight. I plan to track all five of my cats using Excel.

I will monitor Simon's weight for a while and see what happens. With the extra food I am giving him, he should look plump and healthy. If not, off to the vet we will go for some blood work.

If you want to know how much your cat should weigh, check out my post What Should My Cat Weigh.

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