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Old 08-01-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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Cat lovers, I need help

Our cat is probably about 6 to 7 years old now. He is a good sized long-fur cat that has enjoyed relatively good health. He has always had a problem with digestion, however. About every 7 to 8 months or so, we have to change his brand of cat food, as he will begin to throw it up after eating. For a while, this was minimized by feeding small portions multiple times a day. But the problem seems to be worsening. DW reported to me by phone that today, he didn't eat anything and vomited mucous.

Anybody have a cat with a sensitive digestive tract, and what did you do to help the cat?

I hope to avoid the vet right now as things are very tight at the moment, with property tax coming due soon.

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Old 08-01-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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I'm not a cat person, but could it be hair balls? There is a tonic one can buy (OTC at the vet-at least here) that is supposed to help re: breaking up hair balls. I'm sure the real cat people will chime in. I probably have some of that tonic in the "dog medicine cabinet" if no one else can give you the name--the tube is white with blue and black lettering.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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I'm not a cat person, but could it be hair balls? There is a tonic one can buy (OTC at the vet-at least here) that is supposed to help re: breaking up hair balls. I'm sure the real cat people will chime in. I probably have some of that tonic in the "dog medicine cabinet" if no one else can give you the name--the tube is white with blue and black lettering.
Though Mo has been known to cough up a hairball or two, that is rare. And we use cat food that is supposed to help with that issue. Oh, and Mo appears to have lots of energy. He does enjoy chasing and catching flying insects, then munching them down. He is an indoor cat.

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Old 08-01-2012, 02:00 PM   #4
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Try smearing a blob of butter on his nose, or giving him a tsp of yogurt once a day. That will take care of the hairballs if that is the issue. In reality though, cats barf. For some of them, its just part of their routine.

Cats is picky! Put out whatever they want and hope for the best. I, personally, have found that leaving out a dish of dry food and offering tbsp sized amounts of wet cat food when it is demanded of me work to reduce the barf episodes.

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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Try smearing a blob of butter on his nose, or giving him a tsp of yogurt once a day. That will take care of the hairballs if that is the issue. In reality though, cats barf. For some of them, its just part of their routine.

Cats is picky! Put out whatever they want and hope for the best. I, personally, have found that leaving out a dish of dry food and offering tbsp sized amounts of wet cat food when it is demanded of me work to reduce the barf episodes.

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Smudge is the hairball champion. Latté is the barf queen...for her it is always the dry food. Dunno why, just tis.
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I know this doesn't help. Cats barf because they can.
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I know this doesn't help. Cats barf because they can.
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....or they wait until they move from the tile floors to the carpet. I have two, one is an indoor and one is mostly outdoor - and yes, they do barf. They have to from time to time to get all that hair out of them, especially if they are long hair like your Mo.

I would just keep an eye on him and do like Alix, and put a little variety out for him. Hope it gets better for your kitty, Chief.
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I would maybe try dry food that doesn't have any corn or other fillers (these are the most expensive, but still less than canned food), and keep doing the small frequent portions.
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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!
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