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Old 10-22-2019, 09:49 PM
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Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Congratulations! Peace of mind! Sleep tight.
Maybe you should smudge your house, I do once in a while. I'm not a hocus pocus person, but I find it really does clear the negative enery, and I sleep the best after doing... Do why not?
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:59 PM
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Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

As said above, a food scale is a good way to keep ahead of any problems. I try to weigh Nike once a week or more. I know what her normal swing of weight is and if I ever encounter a repetitive measurements showing a drop in her weight it would be off to the Vet.

I will also say that when I think she's lost weight she hasn't and when I think she's gained she hasn't...feathers can be deceiving.

I just made a little perch for her, she goes right on it. Much to my wife's chagrin I keep the scale out on the table so I remember....takes seconds to do.

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Old 10-23-2019, 04:54 AM
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Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Worth every cent indeed.


Also, always a good time to ask for tips about food, treats... I admitted we sometimes give him a small piece of spaghetti, or a tiny bit of cheese or (cannibal alert) a bit of chicken.


Apparently, all good, of course, all in tiny doses. I told them: look, I weigh 100kg (6'7"), he's say 200 grams for ease of math; that means if I give him something, it's the equivalent of me eating 500 times that (!).



So half a strand of spaghetti is 250 strands for me. That would kill me LOL. And yeah, usually they are messy eaters. Well, not with spaghetti or other carbohydrates. Every molecule gets swallowed. It's a miracle he can still fly heheh.


OTOH their resting heart rate is ridiculous (couple of hundreds, don't remember at hand), so they need a lot of energy too.


Yes, I will do the weighing, put it in the routine. Now that the cat is gone, I have a lot more time to let him out without worrying (I didn't THINK the cat would do something, but cats are cats, nature is nature...), so making a stand on a scale that he can sit on for fun is a good idea.


Just to be clear: I'm usually not worried too soon. I observe a lot, a love watching their behavior (or their interaction with the world, the other pets etc). I usually *know* when something's off. This time, it may have been because of the cat situation that my spider senses were off.



Anyway: the vet said: yes (I'm Belgian, remember - we invented them, not the French ), a small fry is OK too. I always thought potatoes could potentially be poisonous, but a small piece of a fry (we air fry BTW) is OK.



Tried it yesterday immediately when I came home. He took it like always with "new" food: in his paw, looking at it, "sniffing", as if to say "hey, boss, what's this, are you sure?". Tasted it. Hmmmm. Tasted it again... chomp chomp, he ate it very slowly, then faster, but without spilling a morsel.


Usually when he doesn't like something (which is lots, especially green stuff...), he drop-kicks it back into the living room.
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Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

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I will also say that when I think she's lost weight she hasn't and when I think she's gained she hasn't...feathers can be deceiving.

Had to ponder over this. Any reason why this happens? I would have sworn on my firstborn so to speak.



I watched him like a hawk for a while now and it changes from day to day, hour to hour sometimes. And I don't mean the "fluffing up" they do where it's like they are inflated and about to explode; that's something he often does when he is jealous and wants my full attention (dog walking by, wife saing hello...). Just the feathers very stiff/sleek vs "normal" stuff.



But yes, scale, working on a contraption as we speak. With him it's always about finding a "technique" that works, and then he does it every time.
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