Much like bakers who can accurately measure out a pound of flour using the heft as a guide instead of a scale, I can usually tell if Mr. N has lost or gained weight by picking him up. He seemed a little heavier than normal and so said the scale. I consulted with the vet who concurred and said she wanted him back at his pre-winter weight. So he went on a diet which he did not approve of.
Because of his dental last year (and growing out shaved legs), he was probably the fluffiest hair-wise he has been for a long while. Well he got groomed and lost almost a half-pound of hair. Who would have thought the extra hair would weigh so much? He is back to his normal weight. And demands restitution.
If only all our diets were that simple.