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My little sweety is having problems going to the bathroom! please help!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone! So glad I found this place.

Okay, here is my cats problem. She is 3 years old, and recently started having problems going #2. What's happening is, my finance has long hair, about 4 inches past her shoulders. And some how the cat is digesting some of her hair at times, and when my cat tries to go #2 the hair is strung along a few pieces of stool. As one piece leaves her body, a strain or two of my finance's hair is still inside her keeping the stool from staying in the litter box, so then my cat runs around everywhere trying to get the stool of off her body. (It's almost like it's chasing her).

I really don't know what to do, we can't possibly be the only family that is having this problem. We try to vacuum as much as we can, so that the long hairs that have come out of my finances head from brushing etc are not being picked up by my cat. Any ideas? Or is this common for house holds with long haired people and cats?

Thank you.
post #2 of 11
Poor kitty! I have no clue. Sharky is very knowledgeable, and so is Yosemite and xarolcat, hydroaxe, there are lots of others, too. Did you talk to the vet?
post #3 of 11
Use plain canned pumpkin to help her go to the bathroom. Make sure the can contains pumpkin ONLY, no spices. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon at a time into your kitty's canned food at each meal. Most cats enjoy the taste of pumpkin, and it's very effective for this problem since it contains lots of fiber. You should see improvement in 1-2 days.

A can of pumpkin, once it's opened, will stay good (covered) for 5 days in the fridge. I would suggest keeping aside the amount you'll need for the next 2-3 days, and freezing the rest so you'll have some available if the problem reoccurs.

Even with the stool pieces connected by hair, your cat should still be able to pass them, so the stool is probably already too hard and/or dry.

Keep vacuuming, especially your cat's bed or any chairs or sofas she normally sits on. Check the area around her food dishes too to make sure no hair is accumulating there. It's also a good idea to comb your cat to prevent her ingesting her own loose hair.
post #4 of 11
I have long hair, and occasionally I'll see a hair or two in the poop when cleaning the litterbox. But it rarely gets "caught" in my kitty like that. One thing that helps reduce human hair around the house: I brush and blowdry my hair over the bathroom sink only (and afterwards throw the hair into the trash can), and I try to brush my hair very thoroughly. Just like the kitty, I need to be brushed so I don't shed so much!
post #5 of 11
Ah yes, I have long hair too and I shed. Even though I vaccume and try to keep the hair off the floor somehow the cats ingest it and I have the flinging poo monster (Zoey). You are not alone!
post #6 of 11
You know, I probably shed so much because I pay more attention to my cats' nutrition than my own.

I've been spared the flingning poo for the most part, although I guess I can remember a few incidents.

I suppose some hairball remedy might help? It should soften up the poo a little, so it would pass a little easier.
post #7 of 11
I have very long hair, and yes, this has happened to my cats a few times. I try to brush my hair very thoroughly, and then collect the hair from the brush and put it in a covered trash can so the cats can't get to it. It seems to be working, they haven't had a problem lately.
post #8 of 11
I know this is a serious issue but I am just at the "flinging poo monster" I can just see it!

I've found that using a lint roller/brush on the couch, etc. can help pick up your own hair as well as the cat's. Maybe try using one where she sleeps, etc.
post #9 of 11
If it is a recurring problem, I would have kitty checked by a vet to make sure there is no blockage or other problems, as they usually deal with hair fairly well.

I too have occasionally suffered from my hair causing fling poo monsters in my furbabies.

As someone said above, some hairball remedy may help
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
I cannot thank you all enough for your posts. I will try the pumpkin right away. And I didn't even think about a lint roller. Going to buy one of those right away. Nice to know that my kitty isn't the only poo flinger around. LOL.

Again, thank you!
post #11 of 11
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Use plain canned pumpkin to help her go to the bathroom
. Make sure the can contains pumpkin ONLY, no spices. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon at a time into your kitty's canned food at each meal. Most cats enjoy the taste of pumpkin, and it's very effective for this problem since it contains lots of fiber. You should see improvement in 1-2 days.

A can of pumpkin, once it's opened, will stay good (covered) for 5 days in the fridge. I would suggest keeping aside the amount you'll need for the next 2-3 days, and freezing the rest so you'll have some available if the problem reoccurs.

Even with the stool pieces connected by hair, your cat should still be able to pass them, so the stool is probably already too hard and/or dry.

Keep vacuuming, especially your cat's bed or any chairs or sofas she normally sits on. Check the area around her food dishes too to make sure no hair is accumulating there. It's also a good idea to comb your cat to prevent her ingesting her own loose hair.
I do keep seeing pumpkin suggested and have no doubts it works well. However, when I compare the amount of fiber in canned pumpkin, it falls far short of genuine oatmeal. I am talking about genuine Irish oatmeal that you actually have to cook, not any of the instant stuff. I found out quite by accident how much my kittys love oatmeal (they finished my breakfast off for me one morning) and this type of oatmeal is 100% whole grain milled oats, nothing else. Do you have any experience or opinions on letting your kittys have a little oatmeal now and then?

It works great for Persi and Alley. And me!
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