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#41 Thu 27 Oct 11 5:52pm

MsPablo

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Re: My pet just

Cats usually vomit when a hairball is lodged in the stomach and often the vomit contains undigested food and/or water.  This will usually dislodge the hairball which can then get pushed through the digestive tract, so it may not come up with the vomit, but sometimes it does.  Usually, the cat can then go without vomiting for a couple of weeks.

Since there are many reasons why cats vomit, it's best if the cat is seen by a vet if you have a concern.  Sometimes they swallow something dangerous like a rubber band, allergies or worms can also be the causes of vomiting, etc.

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#42 Fri 28 Oct 11 12:10am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: My pet just

Thanks MsP. I'm working on the hairball theory, because she is otherwise so well and only vomits now and then. I'm doing lots more patting and thinking of investing in a brush.

I hope Lucy is okay Coco and that you didn't have too much cleaning up to do!

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#43 Fri 28 Oct 11 12:27am

MsPablo

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Re: My pet just

A cat's scalp is very, very sensitive.  Only use a cat comb or brush, never go against the way the fur grows, never tug at all.  The recommended method is so mild, you pick up a thin layer of fur and gently draw the comb through it, which really doesn't pull out shedding fur, unless you are hurting the animal (this is from the top cat breeders and experts).  The cat scalp is very sensitive and combing across it or brushing in a way that even slightly tugs the fur or goes against the way the fur grows hurts the animal.

If her fur is healthy and lustrous and she is bright-eyed and active, I think you have no worries.  It is a hassle, but pretty normal for kitties to vomit regularly.  It is more noticeable with cats that live indoors.

Often, when your kitty is ill, they will make you notice, by doing something where they know it matters, like on your bed or feet.

Hope this helps.  I am such a cat lover, sorry, but I just am and can't help giving some advice based on a lifetime of owning cats.

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#44 Fri 28 Oct 11 12:31am

MsPablo

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Re: My pet just

Other advice - use the best quality food you can afford.  Many cats suffer from poor quality dry foods, either from cystitis and I think, they have a harder time passing hair balls with the poor quality dry food diet.  Always provide water that the cat will accept, if that means from a dripping tap, a bowl or cup placed far from the food bowl, then it is better that they drink clean water regularly.  They tend to not drink enough water and this can also add to a tendency many cats have to get cystitis.

A quality food recommended by a vet, usually a semi-wet or canned food is usually better than the cheaper options found on grocery store shelves.  Fish really should be avoided, strange, but true and table food is too rich for cats.

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#45 Fri 28 Oct 11 3:35am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: My pet just

Thanks MsPablo, I am a long term cat owner myself. It is just that I have never had a cat with this particular problem before. Lucky I guess. It is my daughter's cat, but she is a responsible cat owner too and the cat has best quality food and fresh water available always. smile

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#46 Fri 28 Oct 11 1:26pm

Birdymum

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Re: My pet just

JoyYamDaisy wrote:

Thanks MsP. I'm working on the hairball theory, because she is otherwise so well and only vomits now and then. I'm doing lots more patting and thinking of investing in a brush.

I hope Lucy is okay Coco and that you didn't have too much cleaning up to do!

Our vet recommended a simple solution for the hairball problem, 1/2 ml liquid parrafin 2x a day when moulting. Our fussy little cat is 14 and has always lived indoors and the parafin seems to have worked the best over the years for fur balls. Mostly he laps it up mixed in some specialist cat's milk from the grocery store. His diet is mostly freshly chopped chicken meat or chuck steak and mice that he catches around the aviary.

Having said that you might like to ask your vet first before dosing that cat of yours.

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#47 Fri 28 Oct 11 2:28pm

MsPablo

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That's good Joy.

Oh, it was no reflection on you that I wrote too much cat advice! I truly hadn't heard of cats not vomiting fairly regularly, but I supposed some don't have as much trouble passing hairballs as others.  That was fortunate.  What's been on my mind are some of the stupid and cruel things my neighbor has done regarding her own cats and others.   She had a cat euthanized because the cat was outdoors.  There's no law here against letting your cat outside. 
She found the owner of the cat she had killed.  The woman lived just one street away.  She had just moved here and her cat got out and was confused and lost.

She ignored cystitis signs for 8 months.  I told her about the problem when I cared for her cats and said it was time to take them to the vet.  She waited a couple of months.  Then, she got a couple of  treatments, one being special food.  I cat-sat again, fortunately, because she instructed me to mix the food by half with their old food.  I told her that was not a good idea.  I kept insisting.  The cats got worse because she kept giving them the old food and not just the prescription food.  She thought it was a behavior problem, even after a vet diagnosed them with cystitis.  I insisted.  Now things are more on track, I think.  I really want to move away.  I hope she's one of a kind.  That's all I can say.

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#48 Sat 29 Oct 11 1:14am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: My pet just

Awful story MsP. I wish she was one of a kind too.  neutral


PS Birdymum, my mum had a long haired cat and sometimes we needed to use paraffin. Nextdoor's cat is the same, glorious thick long fur. They buy special food to help prevent hairballs, but I think even that isn't enough.


I've done some more research and found that Miso is regurgitating, not vomiting!  And I have a few things to try besides the hairball possibility, like feeding her less more often. crossed

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#49 Sun 30 Oct 11 9:56am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: My pet just

After all the talk of mice (and rats yikes ) Miso the cat must have been listening and she brought a mouse inside last night. Fully alive.
My heart sank, I imagined it finding a hiding place, and being pregnant, and all the worse scenarios....
(But remember my post the other day, I could at least be thankful it wasn't a rat).

Miso was in super huntress mode stalking it around the furniture.

Eventually I realised it was a sweet little native mouse and I was able to get the cat out of the room and corner the terrified little mouse and pick it up in a cloth (it protested loudly!). I set it down under the trees and hope it got safely back to its family.

Miso was SO disappointed it had gone!

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#50 Sun 30 Oct 11 12:23pm

Birdymum

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Re: My pet just

LOL Joy, glad you were able to save it. At least it wasn't a rat.
Funny creatures cats, don't know what they are thinking. lol  lol

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