Need Help !! with hairball food

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Need Help !! with hairball food
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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 3:50pm
We lost our "child" Pom dog a few weeks ago. Recently,I noticed Miss Kitty (age 3) was having a smaller stool that seemed harder and drier than normal. At first I thought it was just stress but the problem has continued. She is a medium hair Kitty - not slick short hair or long but she is shedding alot now. Went to vet a month ago for checkup, no other health problems. We are assuming it is "hairball" related though she doesnt have other symptoms I have seen on the cat boards. No coughing, no vomiting. Tried Cat Lax which did help but she hates it and is getting really pissed at me for rubbing it on her foot !! She eats Iams regular dry cat food and today I picked up a bag of their hairball formula. I really hate to change her food (she is one finicky Puss) but using the CaT Lax daily is a hassle and I am coming off months of treating a very sick dog. We plan to adopt another shelter kitten in the late summer/fall and I dont want to be making any changes at that time. Do any of you have experience with this problem ? She doesnt act sick. If she was an outside kitty I wouldnt even know there was a problem ! I've never noticed this before but I could have been so busy with our sick old Pom that I didnt pay proper attention.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:01pm
Hi Charlotte459 and *WELCOME* to Cats! I'm sorry for your loss :(

The hairball remedy food is really good - I would mix it into my cats food every day just to give them a little kick and it works great! You don't have to switch her over completely, you can just add a little bit. I have a very long haired cat who ate that for a while (he's a diabetic now and requires special food) and I swear I didn't seen one hairball from the time it started until he had to go on the special food. Before that, he would throw up weekly.

Good luck!

Cat

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Registered: 10-24-2002
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:14pm
I have just been blessed with new knowledge. Sammy throws up regularly, especially when he eats too much, to fast or doesn't chew. Recently, I've noticed that when he has chewed his food and throws up, there is some greyish looking matter in his vomit. It looks like wet, gooey, slimey wool that looks like an elongated half digest whole mouse. It doesn't happen often, but I've seen it a couple of times. I have no idea what a hairball looks like, so I figure that's what it is. He is still on Hills S/D but what do you think if I mixed a little hairball remedy food with his prescription food. I always thought that when you fed cats the hairball food, that's was the diet for them. Never thought of mixing it.

Patrick (sammycat2002)
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 04-12-2003 - 2:20pm
Hi Charlotte459. *WELCOME* to Cats. I'm so sorry about your Pom dog. It's always so hard to lose our furkids.

I think I would try Miss Kitty on the hairball food as you are doing. There are a couple of brands you can try and hopefully she'll eat one of them.

Good luck and let us know how she is doing.

Hugs,

Leslie (cl-lcni)


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 04-13-2003 - 9:12am
Thanks so much for your replies. I appreciate your time and value your opinions. We plan to adopt a new kitten in a few months and I know I will need everyones' help with the introduction phase. Miss Kitty is my first indoor cat. I lost my beloved Kitty Gump 3 years ago(and received much solice from members of this board at that time) and said Never Again will I have an outdoor cat to lose without a trace. I will feed Miss Kitty a combo of regular Iams and the Hairball formula 50/50 and see how things go. To SammyCat- yes, I would say your Kitty has hairball problems-my outside Kitty Gump had those very symptoms although he was a short hair kitty. By the way, we have the same birthday-its a small world.

thanks Cat Friends

Charlotte