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alek0
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« on: December 28, 2009, 11:59:24 PM »

Does hairball come out all at once or in pieces over several days?

Sophie has previously thrown up maybe 2 hairballs in three years, and in the last two weeks she has thrown up 3!!! Other two have also thrown up a couple of times but they are eating well and going to the toilet regularly. Not sure if it is food causing upset tummies or it is some freak coincidence of the shedding season after it got cold rather suddenly. They are eating well, active, water drinking normal, toilet habits normal. I am considering to make an appointment soon, it is time for their regular check up anyway, any advice in the meantime?
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009, 07:06:44 AM »

Seems like the older my cats have gotten, Alek, the more problems hair balls create. Throwing up hair balls does come in cycles now.
But my kitties have renal failure. So I don't know if that's typical. I'm hoping others will comment.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009, 07:10:56 AM »

I have noticed a change as they got older also. This year with the temps going up & down so much they have had more than normal & sometimes it takes a day or 2 to get rid of them. Also no change in eating or litterbox habits . I usually just up the oils in their food slightly when I notice them having them & it takes care of it. The dogs are shedding like crazy too, & so are all my neighbors animals.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009, 07:25:12 AM »

Definitely more hairballs during shedding seasons too.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009, 11:54:39 AM »

My experience also is that cats have more hairballs as they get older.  Mandy never coughed up a hairball when she was younger.  She does so occasionally now, but still most of it passes through in the stool.  There is also more incidents during the shedding seasons in the Fall and Spring.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 05:44:18 PM »

Thank you! I guess this is just a freak coincidence, all three cats having hairballs within couple of days of each other, and Sophie coughing it up in several pieces. It happened just when I switched to different batch of Ziwipeak so I was freaking out a bit whether it was food or not. They seem to be shedding more this year with strange weather (large temperature oscillations, one day is 10C, next day is 20C and then back to 10 C). We are having yearly check up next Friday anyway, so I'll ask my vet too just in case.

Sophie at least likes that hairball gel, any ideas what can I give to other two who hate it? They hate fish oils too. Mitzie likes butter, Stefie doesn't.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009, 06:27:08 PM »

A little of any oil in their wet food would work. Vit E ,flax,olive ,etc. Supposedly peanut oil is easy for dogs to digest,but not sure if thats true for cats also.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009, 06:50:08 PM »

Alek, Long haired cats have a tendency to get whoppers of hairballs.  I have seen on x-ray where they are segmented, or split into hunks.  It may take a few days for all the pieces to come out, especially if they are lower along the intestinal tract.  Often times, bile comes in between the hairballs.  Don't be surprised if appetites are off as well.  Sorry to be a bit graphic.

Be careful with butter.  Pancreatitis can be a problem with the use of butter.

I use pumpkin once a week in the food of my crew and what I find is that the fur pieces come out in the feces, as opposed to clumping and then being vomitted.  It works just as well for the short fur kitties as well.  Since I use the pumpkin, we have not had hairballs in a long time.

As you know, the pumpkin is a nice fiber that keeps things moving  Wink
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