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Inca and the hairball remedy

The other day, Inca scared me badly. I was in the kitchen doing something, and I heard this awful coughing. Inca is 12.5 years old, and I've only had one other cat live that long. I was on the phone, and the person said it sounded like when her cat coughed up a hairball. This really didn't surprise me since Inca has been shedding badly lately. But I never found the hairball.

She did it again this morning while I was asleep. I'm just waking up so have no idea what awaits me in the living room yet. I looked up natural remedies...

Oe teaspoon canned pumpkin. Daily. apparantly Inca is a smart little thing. I've been trying to see if she can wean from the pumpkin since the weather is cooling.

I'm sorry, kitty.


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Oct. 6th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
cats and asthma
Interesting, and I very much appreciate this comment. Do you know what may trigger your cat's asthma. I've suspected that Inca may have some respiratory problems for a few years, and I've avoided things like cooking bacon without ventillation, etc. My own asthma is very poorly controlled lately for no reason in particular, so it isn't a far stretch to think that a cat may not be feeling so well either. She cries incessantly but doesn't seem to be feeling badly. She doesn't have a lack of appetite, which is what generally brings on the pumpkin. This is why I thought she could wean. I have pumpkin on hand and don't mind giving it to her to see if this alleviates her coughing, but if there is something else I can do I'm certainly open to trying that as well. (It's getting to be about time for a semiannual vet trip as well, though I hoped she could make it a year so that I could take one of the others to the vet this time. Fortunately they are younger and seem to not need it so much right now.)
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Oct. 6th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: cats and asthma
Btw, it looks like you may have found me via slyfoot or the migraines community. :) You're welcome to friend if you like.
Oct. 6th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Our cat (14.5 years old) does this but I never "find" the hairballs. I always assumed he swallowed them. I'd think they would be nasty to find!
Oct. 6th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
They are quite nasty. Sable gets them a lot. Ick!
Oct. 6th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
I hope that it is only a hari ball and that nothing else serious is wrong with her. I think it is amazing that she has lived that long. I also hope that you are able to get caught up on all your stuides too.
Oct. 6th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
One of my cats, Disco, used to get hairballs until we started feeding him an indoor cat formula cat food from Purina.

The vet had recommended that we sprinkle a little metamucil over the food we were feeding him, but the indoor cat food we have seems to be doing the trick.

In fact, on the package of food itself it says "Helps to control hairballs!"
Oct. 6th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oooh, i second the Purina indoor cat food. My girl gets hairballs all the time, plus she's bulimic or just has a sensitive stomach, and switching to the Purina indoor hairball blend has cut down on the hairballs.

She's also a brat when it comes to giving her the hairball toothpaste stuff, and whenever i was cleaning the apartment a couple weeks ago I found a huge smearing of hairball stuff on the wall, far from where she would have been able to reach, but some how had wiped it off on the wall.
Oct. 6th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
hairball stuff
Oh gross!!! I really don't want to have to go that route. The girls are on Blue Buffalo's indoor formula. I'll have to check on whether it does hairball control. It has done wonders for their coats in general. I did read that cats can have issues with dust, and my house is a bit of a dust factory lately. Something else to make time for this week. *blah* This could be a revealing week.
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