Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Cat with medical issues - need advice
None | 31 Jul 12 | Self

Posted on 07/31/2012 1:39:48 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse

In my short time here I've noticed that a lot of people on this site give great advice concerning pets.

The cat is at the vets office and he's being kept overnight to determine if they need to operate. He's a large Himalayan mixed with Maine Coon.

He hasn't held down food or water since late yesterday afternoon. He had surgery back in early June for similar symptoms. The vet removed a mass of hair from his stomach. I think part of the problem is he's been cleaning the dog who has much courser fur.

The vet also determined he's a little constipated.

He's about four years old and hasn't had these problems until recently. We just moved into a house in East Texas. Until a year ago, we lived near the Canadian border. He's been treated for fleas and worms.

He doesn't like Hartz hair ball remedy. The vet already said both animals must have their coats kept shaved short for the rest of their lives.

Can anyone offer any home remedies that will help him? We recently lost our ancient 20 year old cat. We're not prepared to lose another pet.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cat; kittyping; sick
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-113 next last

1 posted on 07/31/2012 1:39:56 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Listen to the vet....keep their fur short....less likely to form a ball when the strands are short...Good Luck!


2 posted on 07/31/2012 1:44:47 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

My cats ate “Laxatone” off my fingers; but you can also dab it on their paws and then they lick it off. It helped them pass hairballs. The last cat died at age 21 and a half.


3 posted on 07/31/2012 1:46:55 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nevergore

We’re checking with some local groomers to see if we can get a discount for frequent trims. For some strange reason a lot of the local groomers are reluctant to work with cats.


4 posted on 07/31/2012 1:47:50 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Try the Furminator. I have a cat w/ 40,000 layers of down below 4000 layers of fur (she also just had surgery as well, but not for that).

I used to have to cut the “balls of dreadlocks” off before my land lord told me about the Furminator.

Took em right off. If your dog is that hairy, do it outside, a few times a week to start.

Works like a charm.


5 posted on 07/31/2012 1:48:01 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Had/still have a maine coon. Vet number one said he had a tumor. Vet number two took a long pair of tweezers into his butt and pulled out a nine inch long mass of hair and poop. Now he eats. Oh, he’s 18. The cat, not the vet.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 1:48:01 PM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

My parents have a similar, ongoing problem with a long-haired cat. Mom brushes it several times a day, but the cat still throws up hairballs and food and gets blockages.

Maybe your cat is just one that can’t deal with the fur, especially if it’s washing the dog! Perhaps it’s nerves: our old Agnes had a compulsive licking problem when Anoreth was born. The vet gave her a sedative injection. Maybe your cat is reacting to the change of environment, and a shot to mellow it out for a month or so would help.


7 posted on 07/31/2012 1:48:16 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Live in such a way that your life would not make sense if God did not exist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Soft butter is good. Cats like it.

Here are some suggestions from the net:

http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/hairballs.html

btw, cats have fur, hence shouldn’t they be called ‘furballs’?


8 posted on 07/31/2012 1:48:50 PM PDT by Beowulf9
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

This is by no means a sure cure, but try an oily diet, tuna packed in oil, add fish oil to regular canned cat food, etc. He needs a diet that helps the fur to move through his system.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 1:48:50 PM PDT by Truth29
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nevergore

Amen. I say follow the vets advice, get the cat a thorough physical to rule out abdominal obstructions such as tumors, and get a second opinion if necessary. Most cats expel fur balls(you would know). Save yourself time, money, and heartache.


10 posted on 07/31/2012 1:50:13 PM PDT by goseminoles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
"For some strange reason a lot of the local groomers are reluctant to work with cats."

Can you blame them, lol.

11 posted on 07/31/2012 1:50:41 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I have a couple of long hair cats and they were having issues with hairballs. None cared for the hairball remedy, but I would smear it into their paw so they were forced to lick it off. I also switched their dry food to a hairball remedy. This seems to have solved a lot of the problem.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 1:51:18 PM PDT by ussc1863
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

change the diet to hairball formula, dry food.

use the tiny cans of wet food but when the little thing snacks it can snack on hairball formula.

Comb the cat a couple of times a week if not daily. It will keep the amount of hair ingested down and allow it to pass.

had the same problem and those two things resolved it.


13 posted on 07/31/2012 1:51:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nevergore; Rides_A_Red_Horse
"Listen to the vet"

Vets aren't always correct and do misdiagnose.

Have you gone for a 2nd opinion?

14 posted on 07/31/2012 1:53:28 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Ingesting hair is a perpetual problem with cats.
The vet’s suggestion of shaving the critters will work, however, if you don’t want to you can always give them hairball formula cat food. Or add the hair dissolving ingredient to the food yourself.
I did that with our cat and he wouldn’t eat if for a couple of days. he eventually overcame his hunger and will eat it now.
You can make any food into a hairball formula food the same way the pet food companies do.
Add raw pineapple juice or raw papaya juice to the food. Both contain juices an enzyme that dissolves hair.
It can’t be pasteurized or cooked heating will destroy the enzyme.


15 posted on 07/31/2012 1:53:27 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Repeal Obamacare, the CITIZENSHIP TAX)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Ingesting hair is a perpetual problem with cats.
The vet’s suggestion of shaving the critters will work, however, if you don’t want to you can always give them hairball formula cat food. Or add the hair dissolving ingredient to the food yourself.
I did that with our cat and he wouldn’t eat if for a couple of days. he eventually overcame his hunger and will eat it now.
You can make any food into a hairball formula food the same way the pet food companies do.
Add raw pineapple juice or raw papaya juice to the food. Both contain juices an enzyme that dissolves hair.
It can’t be pasteurized or cooked heating will destroy the enzyme.


16 posted on 07/31/2012 1:53:56 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Repeal Obamacare, the CITIZENSHIP TAX)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mercat

“Vet number two took a long pair of tweezers into his butt and pulled out a nine inch long mass of hair and poop.”

Just to be clear, you mean the cat’s butt, right?


17 posted on 07/31/2012 1:56:20 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Albion Wilde

Petroleum jelly smeared in the paw works too! That’s what my gramma always used, and her cats lived to a full age.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 1:57:06 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Laxatone is great. Sometimes they like it, sometimes you have to put it on their paws. Buy a big tube and give it to the cat about once a week.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 1:57:37 PM PDT by squarebarb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ussc1863

” I would smear it into their paw so they were forced to lick it off”

Aww. You can’t give away all the secrets..


20 posted on 07/31/2012 1:58:27 PM PDT by goseminoles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Just curious, before the surgery, what did the vet tell you he saw from the x-ray?


21 posted on 07/31/2012 1:58:31 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Attention Surplus Disorder

“Vet number two took a long pair of tweezers into his butt and pulled out a nine inch long mass of hair and poop.”

Just to be clear, you mean the cat’s butt, right?

Thought we were talking about Barney Frank for a minute..


22 posted on 07/31/2012 2:00:27 PM PDT by goseminoles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To everyone,

Thanks.

I've already got the “furminator” brush but I really haven't used it often enough.

He's been on the anti hairball dry food for a few months. He prefers dry and never really eats a lot of wet food.

The vet pulled a large ball of fur out of his stomach. He was vomiting but couldn't expel the mass.

I'll try to find the laxatone. The vet said he's also been constipated, they checked and he had hard/dry feces that he hadn't passed.

We just got through with a severe flea problem. Due to that, our twenty year old cat ended up anemic and her kidneys shut down. We had to put her down on the same day we received our HHG delivery. Due to all the related issues, my wife and I still haven't processed the loss of one pet. We're not capable of dealing with the loss of another.

23 posted on 07/31/2012 2:05:31 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Okay, I don’t put this unless I do, but I LOL’d. (Which resulted in a couple of strange looks)


24 posted on 07/31/2012 2:06:29 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Government's solution to everything: Less freedom.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Noumenon

Ping.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 2:06:35 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NoGrayZone

Just curious, before the surgery, what did the vet tell you he saw from the x-ray?


On the x-ray before the first surgery, the vet showed me a shadow near the bottom of the stomach. He was mainly looking to see if the cat swallowed a string that was constricting the intestines.

He performed exploratory surgery and the intestines were good. That’s when he removed the mass of hair. The cat was vomiting everything (food, water) but couldn’t bring up the hairball.

Today, a different vet showed us a similar shadow on the xray (not identical, just similar). He’s certain it’s the same problem, but they want to keep him overnight before cutting.


26 posted on 07/31/2012 2:11:43 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick
"Mom brushes it several times a day, but the cat still throws up hairballs and food"

I used to have the same problem w/ my 3 cats, now down to 2 =(.

A few months ago, I switched their cat food to Before Grain because of a show I just happened to catch w/ Mark Marrone. It was a show on cats and their diet.

He said cats cannot digest grain, therefore, they either throw it up and you have a very messy liter box.

I used to come home to at least 2 piles of barf everyday as well very messy boxes. Since I have switched, I rarely have any barf, except for the occasional hairball, which is now just hair and bile.

merrickpetcare.com is their website. Check it out. They are here in the good ole USA, Texas to be exact and just read their 5 promises.

I have had excellent results switching to this brand. Noticed the barf almost instantly ceased.

Oh, and NOTHING they use in their pet food comes from China. An added plus!

27 posted on 07/31/2012 2:15:05 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
It's a diet problem.
Cats need grease, and any kind of animal grease will do.
Take your grease from cooking bacon, hamburger, steaks, or any meat and pour it into a container.
Then mix it into some dry cat food, and when it's not too hot, but not cold, put it down for the cat to eat.
This will help mat the hair and help pass the hair in the cat's stomach.
This needs to be done regularly, and you'll also see an improvement in the cat's coat of hair.
It will shine and be silky.
28 posted on 07/31/2012 2:18:50 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tnlibertarian

Sorry, I am on a low-level crusade against excess pronouns.


29 posted on 07/31/2012 2:19:32 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

30 posted on 07/31/2012 2:22:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
"He performed exploratory surgery"

Get a new vet. If he found a "shadow", meaning some kind of mass, he should have had a biopsy done, as well as a blood panel to determine which numbers were off, if any.

Those combined will allow the vet to make an "it could be this, or could be that", somewhat of a diagnosis.

I'm only saying this because I just went through it. I found, well was referred to the best vet in the whole world! I am thankful everyday I found him.

The 1st vet I took her to didn't even bother to misdiagnose her, let alone diagnose her.

He wanted to do about $3000 worth of "vitamin testing". What an a-hole.

31 posted on 07/31/2012 2:24:44 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: NoGrayZone

Thanks! I just copied your post and emailed it to my mother.

One of my cats throws up food every few days, but it’s always immediately after eating, and it’s obvious that she just didn’t chew. Our cats are short-haired, so we don’t get hairball issues.


32 posted on 07/31/2012 2:27:41 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Live in such a way that your life would not make sense if God did not exist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I have had kittehs that will lick the hairball treatment from my fingers and ones I have to force them to eat it. If you get it in their mouth or on the fur around their mouth, it works.


33 posted on 07/31/2012 2:27:43 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
"I've already got the “furminator” brush but I really haven't used it often enough."

Now that you are living in a much warmer climate, your dog will shed even more, which is probably what your kitty is taking in.

I would start furminating him everyday.

34 posted on 07/31/2012 2:28:17 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Lke another freeper mentioned, try giving the cat a pat of butter on a plate once a day, let him lick it.


35 posted on 07/31/2012 2:30:31 PM PDT by Andy'smom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NoGrayZone

He pulled the mass out and it was a big clump of fur. I’m checking out the vet closer to the house we just bought.

I just got some bad news. My wife informed me that the cat is cutting into my gun money.


36 posted on 07/31/2012 2:33:00 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Lx

If you get it in their mouth or on the fur around their mouth, it works.


The dog will try to lick it off.


37 posted on 07/31/2012 2:35:02 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Lx

Our cats, the one’s that did not like the gel hairball treatment, would be crazy for Vaseline off our fingers. They couldn’t get enough of it!


38 posted on 07/31/2012 2:35:35 PM PDT by Bubbette
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Andy'smom

It sounds worth a try. It might help with the constipation, too.


39 posted on 07/31/2012 2:36:17 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Albion Wilde

Yes Laxatone is good stuff. My cats loved it. They licked it right out of the tube. I have also put it on a cat’s foot and they will lick it off immediately.


40 posted on 07/31/2012 2:42:04 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Cats are pure carnivores; they can’t digest carbs. The dry, pasty, carb-heavy cat food most of them eat contributes to hairball formation, and IMO, is a big reason so many cats develop diabetes. If you feed your baby an all meat food, like Blue Buffalo wild, he shouldn’t be bothered with hairballs anymore.


41 posted on 07/31/2012 2:42:34 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
"For some strange reason a lot of the local groomers are reluctant to work with cats."

Cowards! ;)

42 posted on 07/31/2012 2:43:37 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Yes. I forgot that I have to be very specific with freepers.


43 posted on 07/31/2012 2:44:11 PM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick
"One of my cats throws up food every few days, but it’s always immediately after eating"

Yes!! That's the grain your kitty's stomach is rejecting. Mine did the same thing. The only time it happens now is if they eat and just happen to have a hairball (yes, I look through the barf).

You too should look at their website. They have both crunchies and mushy food.

My Mimi is a boy so I use the chicken crunchies (they are free form crunchie eaters) because it has less ash than then tuna and salmon. However, for mushy food, I give them the fish....cause they LOVE it!

Just try it for a week. It took less than that time for me to notice a difference.

The best part....they are digesting their food now. Fat Mimi was 15.5 pounds when I first took her to my most excellent vet before her surgery. She is now 12.6 pounds, after our last suture removal, check up and xray.

I mentioned the food change. Even though she's digesting all her food, she still lost weight.

44 posted on 07/31/2012 2:44:38 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Don’t just check out a vet. I’m only saying that because I allowed my cat to suffer for 3 years doing just so.

Ask your neighbors for references. See them 1st.

Ask your wife if she’d like more guns or save your kitty.

I’m a little confused. Did your cat have her surgery before you moved or after?


45 posted on 07/31/2012 2:52:24 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; Albion Wilde

Laxatone definitely helps. Our vet also suggests mixing in small amounts of canned pumpkin into the cat food — provides a little more fiber so that the furballs pass easier.

Use these with a regular brushing regimen.


46 posted on 07/31/2012 2:55:35 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Albion Wilde

My one cat loved Laxatone. I used to keep it in one of the kitchen drawers, and every time he heard that drawer open, he’d come running. We used to get it from the vet.


47 posted on 07/31/2012 2:56:11 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
For some strange reason a lot of the local groomers are reluctant to work with cats.

My wife is a groomer and while she will groom cats, she charges a lot for it. Cats are generally more difficult to groom than dogs and since most of them don't get groomed very often, they're not used to the process. Their skin is also different, making it easier to get knicked. They are also more apt to bite once their patience runs out. Some of the worst bites my wife has received were from cats. To many groomers the risk just isn't worth the trouble.

48 posted on 07/31/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: NoGrayZone

The wife was just picking on me because I’m getting a new conceal carry piece.

The cat got sick one month after we moved into the house. He just had surgery then we had the flea problem that led to the old cat’s death.

He’s been alright for nearly two months, now he’s vomiting again. At first he would throw up and go straight back to the food bowl. Then he got lethargic (maybe dehydrated?). The vet is keeping him under observation.

A lot of coworkers swear by this vet. I also know some students who have interned there.


49 posted on 07/31/2012 3:02:55 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick

BTW....Mimi is a boy; however, when she and her brother Red (whom my mother took) showed up in my backyard I knew immediately Red was a boy and Mimi was a girl, hence her/his name.

So if I go back and forth w/ him/her, that’s why. I mostly refer to her as a girl, lol.

Although, she did respond to the name Mimi very quickly. as long as he/she doesn’t start marching in “pride parades”, I don’t care!!! LOL!!!


50 posted on 07/31/2012 3:04:12 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-113 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson