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  1. Hi again

    Thanks for that you are right it is a worry as I dont want any harm to come to him.

    He has three lidded litter trays in our small box room which is his litter tray room but that means there is always one tray that is completely clean and usually unused. I check and remove anything in the trays each morning and evening and clean the trays completely evey three to four days which is expensive but I dont want him refusing to use a tray becuase it is soiled and he drinks a lot so he pees a lot which means the tray he uses to pee in doest last long before it needs changing and a thorough clean.

    He currently gets a daily dose of Beaphar Hairball Paste which is a 2in 1 hairball remedy offering malt extract,oil and fibre to help the hair pass through the intestines and Bio-Mos to stimulate the healthy intestinal flora to assist the natural passing of ingested hair – or at least thats what it says on the tube.

    I have also given him both Katalax and Bezo Pet that I bought myself and lactalose that the vet prescribed and before that I tried a Pet lick stick but I couldnt get him to even try it. To be honest he really dislikes them all but I have to do something as I cant just ignore it.

    He is fed a combination fo dry and wet food mainly Royal canin dry and either feline Tuna flakes or sheba morsels though he also gets fresh cooked chicken or turkey from time to time.

    I would stop giving him dried food altogether but that was all he got in the first four years of his life and he is addicted to it so he will refuse to eat wet food some days and he needs to eat something. So I buy Royal Canin Skin and Hairball Vet remedy which is a dry food that includes fibre and other additives to support hairball elimination and he gets a few of his favourite Simese 38 which also includes ingredients to support his coat and digestion.

    I just wish I knew for sure it is just constipation and not down to something more serious but the Vet seems as confused as I am; its really frustrating. Anyway thanks for your advice at least I know I am doing all I can for the moment.

  2. Interesting as I have an almost 9 year old Siamese boy who will happily steel things made of wool and eat them. We first noticed it when I found hubbys new pure new wool jumper riddled with holes, didn’t put it down to the cat because the jumper was in the wash basket but a few weeks later we found him in the wash basket eating another new pure wool jumper and that rather clinched it.
    Since then we have had t keep anything made of pure wool away from him but that is difficult as I make hand felted wool animals and from time to time he has been known to steel and run off with one of those.

    The worrying thing is the combination of eating wool and obsessive grooming leaves him constipate and has cause a blockage so now we have to be very carefull with him – not good

      • Thanks just read the Pica piece and that was very interesting.
        I took on my boy from a customer who said she was returning to Australia and needed to rehome him so I don’t know about the first 4 years of his life. He is a beautiful big boy and during the last five years he has certainly received lots of TLC and mothering as I am here 24/7 and he is generally curled up next to me having a cuddle or a fuss. Most of the time he loves having his back groomed though he can suddenly decide he has had enough and won’t let you groom everywhere and he really hates being cold so during the night he sneaks in the bed. I am sure he suffers from Feline Hyperesthesia as he definitely twitches a lot, can be over sensitive to touch, can get very vocal and on a couple of occasions I have thought he was having an epileptic fit but the vet insisted it was a violent form of colic.
        My biggest problem with him is constipation since while he has a good appetite and has two water fountains that need refilling every few since he drinks a lot, when he goes to the toilet the best he can achieve are a few small round nuggets often full of hair and fibres despite all the grooming and keeping anything with hair out of his reach. Alas there is nothing i can do to stop him grooming himself so he can still ingest hair that way. I have just had him at the vet because he was off his food and not going to the toilet without help (lactalose or hair ball remedy) and after an examination the vet thought there was a blockage but an anaesthetic, barium enema and £150 later and the result is my vet (who is supposed to be the best in this area) is none the wiser so has told me to go on giving him lactalose and hair ball paste; hence my combing the internet in the hope I can get some idea of what might be going on.
        It’s all very worrying as I don’t want my boy to be in distress and I really don’t like having to give him daily laxatives so I need to get to the bottom of all this

        About six months after he moved in we found he is arthritic, he also has a number of allergies in particular something in his annual jabs and aneasthetics so we have problems with both

        • It is worrying. I can sense your worry. I’d be the same. There are some pages on cat constipation:

          https://pictures-of-cats.org/tag/cat-constipation

          My cat, Charlie, grooms too much and gets too many hairballs that might graze (scratch) his intestine. My vet (an excellent vet) gave me a lubricant: Bezo-Pet. As your boy eats wool it may help the passage of wool fragments through his intestine if you can get hold of it or something similar. The hairball paste that you mention may be the same stuff, actually.

          Bezo-Pet coats the stomach and intestine with an oily layer where foreign bodies might cause obstructions. It is added to food. You might think about it.

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