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Hairball question?

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by Glockgirl26, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. Glockgirl26

    Glockgirl26

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    Last night my cat was coughing up a hairball. The thing is, she very rarely will actually get rid of one, she gags on it, then swallows or chokes it back. I wish I could tell her I would rather just clean up the mess and have her get rid of it. I've never seen a cat do this, my last cat would just get sick and be done with it. Anyone else ever had a cat do this? It kinda worries me.
     
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    My girlfriend had problems with hairball in her cat, and she switched to Iams Catfood with hairball remedy, and her problems went away.

    Years ago I used to have a cat with same problem, I got tired of buying petromalt (my cat hated it), and I started rubbing a few drops of mineral oil on the top of her paw every other day. That worked as well. It helps them pass the hair thru their system.;)
     

  3. Glockgirl26

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    Fortunately she doesn't get hairballs very often. I feed her the Purina One hairball formula alternate with the regular, and also give the treats with hairball medicine in them. I've just never had a cat that was reluctant to loose one like that, I don't quite know what to make of it.
     
  4. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    I think I'm gonna puke.
     
  5. MonsterMaxx

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    Brush your cat more, this greatly reduces Caramel's puke rate.

    She's not a longhair either.
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    the trick to this is finding a brush your cat likes.
    Took us 3 or 4 before she got happy with this one



    If I brush once a day she doesn't puke at all. I can even skip a few days here and there w/o puking coming back.

    She gets into modes where she'll puke 2-3 times a week otherwise. When she gets in a puke mode I'll start brushing and it immediatly stops.


    Brush your cat.
     
  6. MrsKitty

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    Caramel is so cute! :) I love that mailbox photo you posted the other day! It made my collection of cute furbabies for wallpaper ;)

    I give my kitties cat grass. It is a mixture of oat, wheat, barley, rye and who knows what else. It helps with digestion and has really cut down the hairballs here. Plus, they love it!

    I try to keep them with it all the time that I start from seed but due to my procrastination, I end up buying more than I grow. It is easy to grow, if you actually do it ;Q

    I feed Hills Science Diet hairball formula. I know alot of people don't like it, but Fred has trouble with most foods and he can tolerate this so Hills it is. They get Drs. Foster & Smith hairball rememdy a few times a week--they will eat it from the tube so I use it as a treat. I also feed them hairball control treats.

    I brush Fred almost daily. He loves it. He comes running when I pick up his brush ;f The other two, I have to hold down but we get it done. I also give fairly frequent baths and scrub, scrub, scrub that loose hair out then use a shedding loop while kitty is still wet to get off more loose hair.
     
  7. ATL Peach Girl

    ATL Peach Girl ♥Meezers♥

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    I graduated to short haired varieties of cats and don't have that problem. I had a longer haired siamese for years, from 1981 to 1999 and he would hack at least one a week on the rug......I hated it!!! ;g

    My boys don't get hair balls....but I need to introduce the brush to them...I think they would like it......
     
  8. Glockgirl26

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    I try to brush the cat once in awhile, I usually do it outside on the patio. She hasn't been outside lately due to the weather, so she is probably overdue for brushing. She's a short haired cat, but I imagine she's starting to shed her winter coat. Hairballs are pretty rare for her anyway, she only gets one a couple of times a year.