My cats also went through a stage of throwing up hairballs; one of my cats was a domestic long-hair. I solved her issue by shaving her each summer in May and she stays short through December. Also, it made it much easier on her grooming habits, which would lead to hairballs each month. I switched both to a high fiber dry kibble, grain free and hairballs have almost completely been eradicated. I’m wary of highly “colored” kibbles found in the cheaper grocery stores that include many dyes and artificial flavors/colors. These caused both of my cats to vomit commonly. Finally the good news; my vet said the best place for a hairball is one that’s been thrown up. As violent as the act of expelling a hairball is, it beats the alternative of a colon obstruction. Hope this helps!
Thanks Krista for taking the mystery out of this procedure. Having worked for our local tnrv organization, Ive wondered how sedating such a wild animal trapped in a metal cage was accomplished, short of a blow dart?! The ferals I’ve trapped are surprisingly ferocious, completely unlike the typical domesticated pet. I applaud you for performing spay/neuter on ferals; we have difficulty finding vets who will perform this in Tulsa. Thank you!
For what it’s worth; Jackson G said to always include 1 litter box PER CAT, in your house. Then add 1 additional. So in your case, obviously you should have 4 minimum. Good luck and praise ? for saving him.
KM, while I was typing my response I saw your reply; amen, my cats are 9 yrs old, litter siblings and have always been boisterous; We as pet owners need to chill out, we obsess over our fur babies.
Hi Abbie! wow bet u love having kittens in your home; I love cats obsessively, but kittens are really only that, kittens the first year and they’re like children; they grow up into teenagers and lose their “cuteness” overnight. Your cats are almost “teenagers” in cat terms and just like male teenagers, when they hit puberty they become aggressive; My question is how long since you nuetered them? It can take a few months for the aggressive hormone from testis removal, subsides. My female cats are 9 years old and almost daily “fight”. According to Jackson G., its fine to let cats battle; just let it go. Dont use a spray bottle or other means to break it up (i.e. soda can full of pennies,), If they have their claws intake, its best to step in by using your voice to startle until they look at u. I stand up and start to move toward them, and they break up and run. My cats are litter mates and hate each other vehemently, and Ive now been able to stop all aggressive behavior, with a Hey! Stop it!!!! and a quick snap of my fingers. You can do this.!! Good luck!!
You’re so right! They have so few voices out there, especially feral animals. Reducing the massive increase in population through tnr is helpful but when they r ill, it’s doubly challenging. Thanks for giving us hope out here and Please know you are making a difference. I so very much appreciate your unfiltered rants re: your frustration at times with affordability. I think the law in this country stating that People cannot be turned away in emergency rooms in this nation when presented with an illness, regardless of ability to pay, should extend to our furry friends. You’re doing heroic work.
Sarah, ty for the quick response. That’s a great idea; Im trying to track down a “drop trap” but theres very few in this area. Our local organization only has two and you literally have to monitor them 24/7 to catch the specific animal. Your idea is a good one. TY!