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Why do cats never cough up hairballs on tile floors

  1. Jul 14, 2008 #1

    Moonbear

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    Why do cats never cough up hairballs on tile floors, or bath mats, or anything else that's easy to clean? :frown: :grumpy:

    I write this as I'm listening to the telltale sounds coming from the upstairs, carpeted hallway (too late to get there, and better to let her finish vomiting before I disturb her so it's only in one place). :rolleyes: She tried coughing it up earlier, but apparently the linoleum of the bathroom floor would have been too easy to clean, so she recovered and waited to get to carpet.

    Okay, she's just returned and is nonchalantly grooming herself (guess she's trying to restock the hairball supply), so time to go clean up the mess. :yuck:
     
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  3. Jul 14, 2008 #2

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    Ooh! Why don't you standardize on ferrets? They sometimes have to up-chuck, but the vomit volume is modest, and they tend to choose places that are easy to get to and easy to clean. They save hidden, secretive locations to sleep, hide "treasures", etc, and don't want to soil those places. Sweet little guys.
     
  4. Jul 14, 2008 #3
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    Meuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.........gag gag gag.....cough cough cough.......SPIT .....gag.....gag......chomp chomp.......spit............

    ........stare.......smell........walk away............
     
  5. Jul 14, 2008 #4

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    So I should trade the cat in for a ferret? I'll tell her you said that, maybe it'll help. :biggrin:

    On the positive side, I finally got a dose of petromalt into her (she's been getting too many hairballs lately, so needs more than just the hairball food she's getting). My finger is a little bit chomped, because I had to pry her mouth open and smear the stuff into the back of her mouth to get her to eat it (too close to the front, and she just spits it back out). I stayed away from the sharp front teeth, but still had to get a finger between the molars, and she of course decided to chomp down on the finger being shoved in her mouth.

    Does anyone know of a hairball remedy that's NOT a paste? She loved this stuff as a kitten, and it was so easy to treat her because she'd lick it off my finger like a treat, but one day she decided she doesn't like it anymore, and ever since, I've been cleaning hairballs.

    If I got a house with all hardwood or tile floors, would she stop coughing up hairballs, or would she have to move them to the couch or bed?
     
  6. Jul 14, 2008 #5

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    She would start looking for your pillow, favorite upholstered chair, etc. Just show her my avatar and put the fear of god into her. If you want, I'll email a picture of Turbo emerging from an antique stoneware jug that he used to sleep in when we had company. He never wanted to miss a bit of action, especially when "Uncle Dave" was visiting, so he'd sleep in the jug and pop out every once and an a while to visit.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2008 #6
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    I was told cats always do it on the carpet because they can get a good grip on it while they upchuck haha. Kind of gives them an anchor. But I am convinced they do it to make those of us cleaning up after them miserable.
     
  8. Jul 14, 2008 #7

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    I'm pretty sure that's the right answer. She follows me and sits and watches while I'm cleaning, then walks over and inspects my job. She does pick a different spot every time, so I think she's trying to make me clean the carpet one small spot at a time.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2008 #8
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    Ever since an experience with an old roommates cat, I haven't really been a big cat person. About five years or so ago I was sharing an apartment with an old friend who also had a cat which seemed to always do certain things to tick me off... and I was never mean to it or anything. Well, one day while my roommate and myself were sitting on the living room couch watching TV when the cat jumped up on the back part of the television set. Neither of us even paid attention as the cat was always jumping on things. Anyway, about three seconds later we both heard the cat start yacking and what sounded like convulsing, and after about three or four good 'gulps' the cat proceeded to yack down inside the television vents and short out the TV... while we were watching it.:mad: The can then darted off and hid in another room after hearing the *zap* come from the TV. We were both silent for a good solid minute until I decided to say "You gotta be kidding me".

    Haven't really liked cats since then.
     
  10. Jul 14, 2008 #9
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    muha...................huah........haha...........HAHAAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAH.........oh boy...
     
  11. Jul 14, 2008 #10
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    Oh yeah. There was another instance where not too long after the cat started to no longer used it litter box (I guess it was getting senile?) and it peed in my buddies subwoofer for his surround sound system... shorting it out also. That cat had a serious attitude problem.
     
  12. Jul 15, 2008 #11

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    My cat does the same stuff on carpet. He leaves a bunch of stomach acid while he's at it. I hear the heaving and then If I catch him, I have to chuck him into the bathroom or put a newspaper under his head. :rolleyes:
    I was putting some petroleum jelly on his paws so he would lick it off and it would supposively solve the hairball issue. He chucked the hairball the next day..

    You could try smearing the Petromalt or petroleum jelly on Ember's paws and see if she licks it off.

    I do also brush my cat with a brush. He hates it and if your cat is a feisty one, you won't be able to use this brush effectively. http://www.purrfectpets.org.uk/images/products/cats/Cat Brush.jpg (I brush back and forth to get to the bottom of the fur where the most hair is)
     
  13. Jul 15, 2008 #12

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    Nope, tried that already. She just shakes her paw until there's Petromalt flung into some inconvenient place that's harder to clean than where she coughs up the hairball. :rolleyes:

    I brush her daily. She doesn't mind too much since it's part of the daily routine. She's not too fond of me brushing her tail or belly, but I can get a good brushing of her back (that part she loooooooves) then quickly brush her tail and flip her over to get the belly before she tries to bite me and take off. Once a week she gets a super-thorough brushing, whether she likes it or not, where I brush until I can't get any more loose fur in the brush. I think it's been worse lately because I've been doing a lot of weekend traveling, so she's not getting the daily brushing when I'm away. When she had a cat-sitter for a week, for some reason, she would only let her brush her tail, so went a week then without a good, thorough brushing.
     
  14. Jul 15, 2008 #13
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    I use a lint roller on my cat after I brush him. It picks up any stray hairs that I missed.
     
  15. Jul 15, 2008 #14

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    lol
    I can never ever ever get the brush free of fur. The brushing session end when I give up.:rolleyes: I find that mewmew's most loose fur is coming from: a. tail b. fur on the stretchy skin from leg to stomach. I swear I brush my cat like he's the carpet. :devil:
     
  16. Jul 15, 2008 #15

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    Have you tried shaving? Or wax?
     
  17. Jul 15, 2008 #16

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    Ouch! giving a cat a bikini-wax could result in serious blood-loss. (yours)
     
  18. Jul 15, 2008 #17

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    :rofl::rofl:

    Vacuuming would probably work better and I wouldn't bet on the vacuum cleaner either.
     
  19. Jul 15, 2008 #18

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  20. Jul 15, 2008 #19

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    Re: Hairballs!

    If you want something to do with all the hair, you can always build another cat :biggrin:

    When mine wanted to attention he would sneak in and jump on the keyboard to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del. (pre windoze)
    He rarely missed with that. :grumpy:
    If I was sleeping, he would drool up my nose. :yuck:
     
  21. Jul 15, 2008 #20

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    I have shaved the cat. I thought a little haircut would solve the fur all over the place in summer, problems. You want to know what happed? Oh the cutting of fur was not a problem at all, surprisingly. :rolleyes: Mew-mew just sat there. :rolleyes: The problem was that, he STILL shed! The small hairs are even more irritating if they get on you.
     
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