Originally Posted by tdonline
I came tonight and found a bit of foamy liquid on the carpet. Then just a few minutes ago, I heard my Josie making the most awful sound. She was heaving out a foamy liquid. I THINK it's a hairball situation but can't be 100% sure since none of my cats have actually upchucked one before. What can I do to help her pass the ball?
How old is Josie? Any possibility she's constipated? Do any of the poops in the litterbox lately look like hard little turds as opposed to normal sized formed stool? That can cause a cat to strain a lot to try to poop and there can be mucus production in a case like this (from the butthole). If quite constipated and trying to push out something that's pretty large and not normally soft can cause some blood, too. And with constipation you can have vomiting because things get backed up inside and sooner or later something's gotta give.
If it was me, to be on the safe side, I'd make a Vet appt for tomorrow if possible; have Vet check her. If she's quite full of stool, a vet can often feel this when feeling the belly (plus some discomfort to kitty is noted when doing this).....or he might suggest an xray of abdomen to really have a good look at whether intestine/colon is full/blocked up.
The only thing I've ever given for furballs is the furball stuff in a tube; Petromalt makes one. Any pet supply store should sell this stuff. They often come in flavors so tastier to cats. Some of my cats go nuts for this stuff (just squeeze the required amount, as directed on tube, onto finger and they'll lick it right off my finger....others, not so lucky...had to put it in their mouth myself).
If it was me, frankly, I wouldn't just assume this was furballs given the faintly blood tinged mucus; I'd be making a trip to the Vet.