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VictoiseC
11-09-2005, 12:01 PM
Hi! Normally I don't post off topic but after seeing all the help on that feral kitty I thought maybe someone has gone through this?

My gorgeous cat Toisie is really going through some bad stuff. She can't stop coughing or trying to cough up hairballs that won't come up. This was going on in the spring also and when I took her to the vet he just laughed and said "You woldn't believe all the cats that are being brought in right now, it's the season." So he told me to give her more than the recommended dosage of that Petromalt stuff and brush her more which I did. That passed but now it's happening again but much worse. She's coughing/choking all the time, I can't touch her without her starting to cough again. I give her vaseline when it seems like she won't stop which helps a little.

She's got a LOT of fur, a long hair of course. Is there ANYTHING else I can do to help her get this hair out? She just turned 11 this year and the vet's assistant said it's just harder for them to cough hairballs out when they're older. I hate the helpless position I'm in.
I hope it's not her lungs instead of hairballs also.

Thanks for any advice....

HeatherFeather
11-09-2005, 12:06 PM
hugs hugs hugs hugs and MORE hugs...it STINKS when they don't have a voice doesnt' it?

I'd schooch her into the doc for a quick check....they might be able to "hear" something??? And brush brush brush brush...is your kitty coming out for dinner or hiding most of the time?

but my sug. is to go to the doc.

VictoiseC
11-09-2005, 12:13 PM
THANKS for the hugs Heather! (feels sooo good)

She is coming out to eat thank goodness. I've been asking god to give her one more year for so long....

Carol_OH
11-09-2005, 12:37 PM
there's also good hairball formula cat food!

cheetahcalledchloe
11-09-2005, 12:50 PM
Hi Victoise, I'm sending you a big hug too - It's just awful when the furballs are under the weather :( I would take her to the Vet and see what they say, have you tried the Hairball formual (I bet you have all ready). I hoe she feels better soon!!

Vendie
11-09-2005, 01:04 PM
I've heard that hairball formula foods don't work all that well, but I still use it!

My vet told me that if the furball paste that he gave me (which you can get at the store too) doesn't work, give the cat a syringe or dropper full of pineapple juice. It will dissolve the hairball.

amy
11-09-2005, 01:36 PM
{{{{HUGS Victoise}}}}
I'm praying for your kitty's health.
I've never had a long-haired cat, just short-haired, so I know nothing about this. Wendy's pinapple juice advice sounds clever, I hope it works for her!
xoxo Amy

dustinac
11-09-2005, 02:12 PM
My indoor cat has trouble and she is short haired.. the vet gave us some nasty brown stuff to use on her can't remeber the name right now LOL but it kinda stinky and gooey you put it on her nose she licks it off and is suppose to help... She doesn't have the problem very often though... My dog Shermee does :?? he hacked all the way home from WV and that night and the next day now he is ok so I guess what ever was stuck got unstuck poor guy.. Ya might wanna take your furbaby back to the vet though and see if there is more they can give you... and I'll try to look for that tube of gook :lol:

VictoiseC
11-09-2005, 02:15 PM
thank you thank you thank you! It's so nice to feel caring out there.
And wow, I haven't heard from Amy for ever it feels. Thanks Amy!

Oh my god, that's such an unusual idea... the pineapple juice. Fibergirl!, wow, that's what I was searching for, something different. I keep thinking, I'll bet Indians had some outrageous herbs or something we don't know about. Pineapple juice sounds like it would dissolve hair sort of! and at least she wouldn't have time to hate it.

love that name CheetahcaledCloe! Thanks Carol!

She's come out from under the bed... she must be hearing this conversation. (I brushed her again this morning.) One thing I did last spring was give her a bath. I hate to do that but it sure gets lots and lots of hair off her. She was pretty complacent about it too, for the first time. Maybe I'll do that again.

love your hugs :inlove:

VictoiseC
11-09-2005, 02:17 PM
dustinac! I know, it's the Petromalt stuff in a tube? dark brown gooey. she LOVES it, thank god, licks it up off the tube end, but it's just not enough. (going out to buy pineapple juice now!)

Carol_OH
11-09-2005, 02:20 PM
I've heard that hairball formula foods don't work all that well, but I still use it!

My vet told me that if the furball paste that he gave me (which you can get at the store too) doesn't work, give the cat a syringe or dropper full of pineapple juice. It will dissolve the hairball.

ooh good idea...

I use 1/2 of the over-the-counter hairball formula cat food and 1/2 of the expensive good stuff - with five cats, I cannot afford the good stuff all the time so I figger some is better than none.

I get WELLNESS cat food (http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/gr/wellness.htm)

Jan in CA
11-09-2005, 04:48 PM
I've had cats all my life and right now have a long haired, 14 yr old, ragdoll cat and hairballs are a big problem for her in the spring and summer especially. She doesn't like petromalt much and is allergic to something in lots of foods so I have to be careful. Once I find one she can tolerate I tend to stick to it. Right now she's eating Purina Indoor Cat and seems okay with it. But...that's not your question. :rollseyes:

I found that brushing daily works better than anything else I've tried. In fact I keep her brush next to where I usually sit on the couch and when she comes for a cuddle I brush her. Sometimes it's several times a day and I cannot believe how much hair comes off that cat during hairball season! No wonder the poor things ingest so much and have to cough it up! Anyway, try brushing her a lot and be consistent about it and I think the problems will lessen a lot.

Vendie
11-09-2005, 06:12 PM
dustinac! I know, it's the Petromalt stuff in a tube? dark brown gooey. she LOVES it, thank god, licks it up off the tube end, but it's just not enough. (going out to buy pineapple juice now!)

We've tried the goo with Frida and she HATES it. We have brown goo all over our walls now from where she's shaken it off her face or paws. If I can get her to eat her furball treats (I got them at PetSmart), it does seem to help. But she goes through phases of liking them and not liking them. I think it depends on how hungry she is and how empty her food bowl is :rofling:

But of course, if it's really bothersome, definitely take her back to the vet to make sure there's not something more serious. Cats (animals in general really) will hide illness from you.

ella
11-09-2005, 07:15 PM
I'm so sorry your poor furbaby is not feeling well, its such a helpless feeling when you can't make it better for them and they don't understand. One of my kitties is short-haired but an obsessive groomer, so she has hairball issues. We've had good luck with Science Diet Hairball Formula, it has really cut down on the problems. You might also try a hair/skin supplement. They have them at PetSmart, a lot are in liquid form so you can pour it on food. The supplements have extra omega fatty acids that help reduce shedding so kitty doesn't ingest as much when they groom. I hope your baby is better soon, I will be sending positive energy to y'all!

Lacedolphin
11-09-2005, 08:06 PM
First of all I would find another vet and second, I would seriously push to have blood work done. I have 4 cats, and it doesn't sound to me as just a hairball problem. :hiding:

kemp
11-10-2005, 09:56 AM
Poor baby! I think another vet check is in order too, but we have had some success with Eukanuba Hairball formula. Mine hardly ever have hairballs anymore after we switched to that.

VictoiseC
11-10-2005, 04:31 PM
Wow you have FIVE cats Carol! Man. That's so neat. 4 cats too. I haven't looked at Science Diet hairball food.... will check into that. In fact I haven't used any hairball food, just senior stuff. (although she hardly seems senior at 11 I guess she is now)

This morning she was all freaked out and acting weird but now she's a little better. Another trip to the vet might be a good idea.

darn I wish I had the attitude of this neighbor I once had, Maggie the farm lady. She just laughed at me when I told her my cat had died and I was sad, said "big deal, you just get another cat" (Well maybe I don't.) It's not easy when they've been with you for a lot of years as I'm sure everyone here knows. okey doke, thanks again

Carol_OH
11-10-2005, 06:48 PM
Wow you have FIVE cats Carol! Man. That's so neat. 4 cats too. I haven't looked at Science Diet hairball food.... will check into that. In fact I haven't used any hairball food, just senior stuff. (although she hardly seems senior at 11 I guess she is now)

This morning she was all freaked out and acting weird but now she's a little better. Another trip to the vet might be a good idea.

darn I wish I had the attitude of this neighbor I once had, Maggie the farm lady. She just laughed at me when I told her my cat had died and I was sad, said "big deal, you just get another cat" (Well maybe I don't.) It's not easy when they've been with you for a lot of years as I'm sure everyone here knows. okey doke, thanks again

yeah I wish I had that attitude too - we recently lost one of our cats (who got hit by a car) so initially we had six. Not ready to get a 'replacement' for him yet, but by spring we probably will.

Hope your little furpal is feeling better!

knitting4babybear
11-10-2005, 09:37 PM
My baby cat doesn't have this problem, but if he did I'd be SO sad. :crying:

Just more hugs is all..... :heart:

VictoiseC
11-12-2005, 10:03 AM
Hey thanks Kemp for that tip. I've not seen that product but will definitely look for it.

I think I remember reading about your cat when that happened Carol.
Sorry to hear about that. Thank god my babies don't go down to the road which is in front o four house. They've always been good that way. Hardly any traffic any how. It's the coyotes we have to worry about although I think the local farmers took them 'out' coz they don't seem to be howling at night anymore.

Since I've been really combing and brushing Toisie and giving her that petromalt junk she's seems to not be choking much. Fingers crossed!