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Wonton threw up a big hairball

post #1 of 17
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should i be concerned? or does the fact that he's thrown it up mean there's no problem now? he's shedding a lot, but the thing is, he hates being brushed i dunno why, he loves being petted and stroked, but that brush is The Enemy, and he'll bite it if i bring it near him, and if i try to persist, he'll get really annoyed and bite ME. is there anything i can do about the shedding other than brushing?
how much throwiwng up of hairballs is "normal"?

thanks.
post #2 of 17
maybe once a week? i'm not sure. try getting him some cat grass.
post #3 of 17
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really, that often? k... will go down to the pet store and get some cat grass today or tomorrow. He's never had it before, i hope he likes it
post #4 of 17
Stoli loves it. i would say a hairball once a week isn't too bad. i used to have long haired cats and they threw up all the time. We can them hairball treatments etc etc. As long as it's just hair, I would say get Wonton some cat grass and see if that helps. If not get some hairball gell and then see if that helps. THEN if not, call the vet and get them to recommend some food for you. I only worry when it's real vomit, not the occasional hairball.
post #5 of 17
If he likes pet grass (my Loki loves it) just go the nearset feed store and purchase oat and wheat grass seed (that is what they sell in pet stores) and grow it yourself.

It's much much much cheaper - last month I bought 10lbs of wheat grass eeds for $10.00. In the petstores they sell the seeds for $3-5.00 for a couple of ounces.
post #6 of 17
So far I have been lucky with my semi-long haired kitty, Astrid. I give her Temptations hairball treats and loves them and I also got some Laxatone hairball gel that I put on my finger and she licks off. She doesn't mind being brushed, depending on the brush (trying a ZOOM GROOM on her nearly sent me to the emergency room - but I found out here that it really cleans cat hair off furniture and it does!!)

I think the occasional hairball is normal (even though they are very yucky and hearing/seeing your kitty yack one up is pitiful and always scares me). Try the grass and/or some treats and see if it helps.
post #7 of 17
My youngest cat throws up hairballs every 1 or 2 days. Only she can't do it like a normal cat would.... instead she goes and gorges on her dry food and then proceeds to throw up... first the food comes up and then the next throw up is the hairball. She won't take that hairball remedy and when I've tried putting it on her paw she runs and smears it all over my furniture At first I thought there was something wrong with her and she wasn't able to keep her food down, but that's not the case. I've watched and she eats normally every other time except when she needs to rid herself of a hairball and that's when she does the gorge and purge thing.

Chynna, the oldest, seems to rid herself of hairballs in her poops. She loves the hairball remedy and I sometimes just give her a bit of plain vaseline petrolium jelly which she likes equally as well if not more.
post #8 of 17
is vaseline a good lubricant or dissolvant, if you know what i mean
post #9 of 17
I brush mine all the time, but they get about one hairball each a month, if you do want to give a hairball remedy and they wont take it off oyur finger, rub it on their chin or around the mouth they will just lick it off to get clean.
Vaseline is a lubricant, and a basic ingredient in some hairball formulas.
Mine will however still hack up catgrass without the hair!
post #10 of 17
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he threw up a couple more this morning..not as big as the one the other day. i wish he'd just let me brush him! he likes being petted for hours but he can't stand that brush. everything has a layer of cat hair on it in here too, heh, but i've lived with cats all my life, and i'm used to it (just make sure i have a good lint brush). i got him the cat grass and he took a few bites of it. if he keeps throwing them up like this tho i'm going to take him to the vet. i just dont want a problem to get out of hand - i heard they can get a big mass of hair in their stomach and it can cause problems, and be too big to vomit up. is this true?
post #11 of 17
It is true, but more common in rabbits.
Most of the brush haters I have come across accept a ZoomGroom without problems, feels more like fingers than a brush.

My longhairs only expell a hairball once a month.
post #12 of 17
I actually got Abby to lick some vaseline petrolium jelly off of my finger last night. Hopefully I can get her to take it a few times a week so that she will throw up less hairballs and hopefully eliminate some of them with her poops like Chynna does.
post #13 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Arlyn
It is true, but more common in rabbits.
Most of the brush haters I have come across accept a ZoomGroom without problems, feels more like fingers than a brush.

My longhairs only expell a hairball once a month.
hmm, maybe i'll try a ZoomGroom. i'd really like to be able to brush him.
post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arlyn
It is true, but more common in rabbits.
Most of the brush haters I have come across accept a ZoomGroom without problems, feels more like fingers than a brush.

My longhairs only expell a hairball once a month.
Im confused now??Did you mean rabbits throw up???
Because rabbits dont vomit.Their hairballs come out with their poos
post #15 of 17
No, I meant it's more common for rabbits to have a hairball blockage form.
post #16 of 17
I would feed him a food with a hairball remedy in it and give him some of the hairball malt you can buy in a tube. I have a persian and this is what I do for him and in 2 years he has not had any hairballs. Plus if you can get him used to it regular brushing helps
post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arlyn
No, I meant it's more common for rabbits to have a hairball blockage form.
Ok sorry i misunderstood
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