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Old 08-01-2012, 11:25 PM   #11
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Simon used to throw up soon after eating. I read in the "Catnip" newsletter that instead of putting his food in a bowl to spread it out in a flat shallow dish like a jelly roll pan. It makes him slow down when he eats because he can only pick up a couple pieces of dry food at a time instead of gobbling mouthfuls. Since I started doing that (6 months ago), I don't think he has barfed at all. I also brush him regularly. He LOVES being brushed.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:28 PM   #12
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I wish mine loved being brushed...I will try the flat pan trick...may slow the binge eater down.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:47 PM   #13
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Not a cat person, Chief, but I have had cats. I'm wondering if you should stop switching out food. Even though Mo throws up, maybe stick with the same food. Also, lots of cat food incorporates vegetables and grains, not natural for cats, maybe look for dry/wet food that are meat only. Sounds like he's healthy otherwise, and not losing weight, which is good!
i have always fed the same dry food. have offered, wet food, tuna, chicken and other kinds of fish. they go nuts til they get it. then the sniff it and walk away. quit doing that. thomas is my barfer. i think he eats to fast (although i free fed) and doesn't chew it well enough. once in awhile he brings up a fur ball. i think it throws off digestion when you keep changing food.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:58 AM   #14
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If you should need to change food, it's recommended that you do it slowly by mixing the old with the new and gradually decrease the quantity of old food until he only gets the new.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:37 AM   #15
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chief, your cat has either hairballs, a sensitive stomach, an inquisituve eating habit, or something more serious like a blockage of the digestive tract. sometimes easily treated,, sometimes the blockage is from a tumour.

you can try changing the diet to one made for senior cats, or those with sensitive stomachs. science diet brand makes one.

if it's hairballs, try an otc hairball remedy, or even a little vaseline once a week.

if it's a blockage, you'll have to see a doc. could be easily treated, or it could be bad.

i hope it's a minor thing thát passes quickly.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:32 AM   #16
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Hairball Gel Product: Pe tra malt

My two British shorthair male cats, both lived until they were twenty two years of age ... The product my Vet husband recommends is:

Petra malt ( available in the USA, as it is from the USA )

A teaspoon of creamy room temperature butter, cream, cream fraîche, creamy vanilla icecream or mascarpone or yogurt --- if the finicky fellow likes any of these, shall assist; however, the Petramalt is a normally used to aide in the digestion of the hair and shall produce the hairball barth to come up ...

Sounds like he needs a check up for what is ailing him ...

Best of luck, Have nice summer,
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:09 PM   #17
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I remember giving Petramalt to my first, who was long haired. He happily licked it off my finger.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:14 PM   #18
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Margi, my understanding is that cats shouldn't have dairy, it causes stomach upset and diarrhea in adult cats. The petramalt sounds like a good idea.
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Margi, my understanding is that cats shouldn't have dairy, it causes stomach upset and diarrhea in adult cats. The petramalt sounds like a good idea.
Most adult cats can tolerate yogourt, just like most lactose intolerant humans. Some cats that never stopped having dairy from the time they are kittens don't lose the ability to digest milk.

But, yes, most adult cats can't tolerate most dairy. That same long-haired cat that loved the Petramalt drank out of my glass of milk. Not good. I had to give him a bath.

Butter is a whole different story, very little lactose.
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Petramalt: many kit kats shall lick it off a spoon or a finger ... Depends according to kit kat.

Yes, dairy intolerance ... I had not realised the kit kat is a senior citizen !

I would take him to the Vet for a check up and see what is truly ailing him ?

Science Feed is a fine brand as well as IAMS and their related products. NO ASH ... He is a male and probably altered = neutered.

Hope all goes well.
Have nice summer.

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