Post # 1
I have a tuxedo cat who is about 5 years old. She has very fine, silky hair and sheds pretty badly. I try to brush her everynight, but it doesn’t seem to help. For the past year she’s been having coughing fits. She’ll cough/heave a few times throughout the day, and eventually at some point I’ll find a hairball she’s thrown up.
We’ve tried brushing, along with a few hairball treatments (the stuff that looks like molasses), treats that say “to help digest hairballs” and even special food for hairballs, but nothing seems to help.
We have another cat who never has hairball problems, and the cat with the problem also likes to groom the other cat.
I’m at a loss for what I can do to help her, she sounds pitiful always hacking away. Half the time we can tell she’s “throwing it up” but swallowing it back down, over and over.
Post # 3
Would you consider having her shaved? I have a long haired male cat and I have him shaved every 6 months. It helps soo much with the shedding and the hair balls. And he looks soooo terribly adorable after being shaved, almost like a kitten again 🙂
Post # 4
Ah… this might sound strange… but have you tried shaving both of them down? at least for the summer months…
My dad has a set of dog grooming clippers he bought from the pet store and when summer hits he just wips them out and shaves the cat down. After much annoyed yowling she is always much happier… She is kinda fat and gets really hot and grumpy in the summer if he doesnt shave her.
Post # 5
I’ve never considered that. I think Fiance and both the cats would not be too happy with me if I shaved them. Neither really have long hair either.