(Closed) Damnit… and now I think one of the cats has asthma

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Rachel631:  My fat cat does that weird wheezing/almost vomiting thing every now and then too. It’s just a hairball getting stuck. My vet said to feed her 1/2 a can of pumpkin pie filling and it will help ease her hair digestion.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Rachel631:  Not really many hairballs…maybe one or 2 legit hairballs in the 7 years I’ve had her. Also, she rarely wheezes in her sleep, but when she does it’s when we’ve had the windows open in the spring, and I think the poor girl has allergies.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Our cat makes those horrible noises and nothing comes up.  I thought he was dying.  Darling Husband had him at the vet and he did it at the vets.  It was a hairball not coming up.  I have only seen one actual hairball in a year.  It sounds terrible tho. 

Oh and he’s been bottlefed, he was feral and the mother was chased off by dogs.  He has that fat stomach too, short legs.  We have changed his food to this ridiculously expensive food, and now we actually shove him out on our back screened in porch where he has started chasing lizards.  He’s loosing some of his belly. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@phillybride61513:  My vet said to feed her 1/2 a can of pumpkin pie filling and it will help ease her hair digestion.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I hope your vet didn’t use the phrase “pumpkin pie filling.” Filling = pumpkin, sugar, spices, etc. Your kitty cannot have this. Pureed (canned) pumpkin, straight pumpkin, nothing added, yes. It’s good for digestion, constipation, etc. (but my cats won’t eat it).

My cats both wheeze in their sleep. Not constantly, but it’s like snoring–head in a certain position, face smushed, etc. Could be allergies–my big kitty definitely has allergies, especially in the spring and fall.

I feel you on cats being overweight, though. Both of my cats are, and there’s nothing I can do. We feed them small amounts of high-quality throughout the day, high quality wet food 3x a week, playing with them when they let us (though they’re jerks and always want to play when we’re in bed), etc. I hate taking them to the vet because we get admonished for what they weigh. :

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@phillybride61513:  I don’t blame them! My big kitty was constipated badly, so I tried to get him to eat some and he looked at me like I was nuts. I mixed it with some olive oil and dry food (we used to do that for our dog), but he would have none of it. Future Mother-In-Law introduced me to this wet food, some of which comes in a pumpkin soup, and they love it. We get the kind in pouches, and they’re only 99c! It actually looks like real food, too, which was one of my hang ups about wet food, even the high quality kind.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Rachel631:  They needed more water in their diets. Unfortunately, they both refuse to drink out of any kind of reservoir–bowl, fountain, etc., so we leave the bathtub faucet running a little (the boy kitty brought that habit in to the house) for them. I don’t think they drink enough, though, so we threw some wet food into their diets, and it seems like it’s really helping.

They do get the juice from tuna (not sure about getting the kind in brine, but we get the kind packed in water, not oil) on occasion, but it’s too salty for them to be good all the time. That can cause kidney stones. (I think that’s what you’re talking about, but I’m confused with the brine vs. water thing.)

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Rachel631:  Gotcha! We don’t really have too much readily available here; we get this or the store brand version. They have some in vegetable oil, and then some fancier ones.

My girl kitty loves to lick dirty bathwater, especially if there are bubbles in it. And yes, while you’re still in there. Weirdo!

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