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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

no excuses. no apologies.
Location: aotearoa

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Posted:it sucks.
she has lots of hairballs.
i spent 300 at the vet.
guess what?
no help.
<sigh>
she's such a cute little thing, too.
if i knew how to insert a pic, i would, and then you could all say aawwwww
and
stink about those hairballs.


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myco
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

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Location: melbourne, victoria, australia

Total posts: 2084
Posted:my cat says... hjnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn op
he also wrote lotsmore 'N's, but his editor (me) deleted them. I'm sure it means 'hairballs suck, vets suck, you're kitty sounds cute, where's my dinner?" (i extrapolated somewhat)

I say "spending $300 sucks, no help sucks, where's my dinner?"


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Catalyst
SILVER Member since Nov 2003

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Location: Virginia

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Posted:My cat has had the hairball problem in the past. Iams makes a great cat food that's called hairball remedy....and I think that it works, because my cat has not had a hairball since I have been feeding it that food.....and he used to cough all the time. Anyway, try the liquid hairball medicine for at least a week or so, and switch to a different brand of cat food....see if that helps..

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minimaniac


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Location: near swindon/ oxford

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Posted:as quoted by PUSS IN BOOTS from shrek2

"Hey boss lets shave him!"


I'm going to leave the army and run away to the circus

if not i will just become a MI5 agent !!!

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grasshoppah
BRONZE Member since Nov 2003

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Location: Tampa, Florida

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Posted:my cat's breath smells like cat food.

Once in a while you get shown the light
in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:gah@losing all that i wrote.
i have tried lots of different cat foods. she gets fed only the best, most highest-quality (and therefore the most expensive) cat food. she even turned her nose up at free-range organic chicken broth (which i turned my nose up at too).
didnt know that iams did a no-hair-ball variety. my vet doesnt stock it, and i guess doesnt even know of its existence otherwise they'd've told me about it, huh...?
if i was ralph and was on the simpsons, i'd say "my cats name is mittens"
i am keeping her fur from when i brush her to make mittens out of because i love mittens and i love her fur and it'd be great to have mittens made out of her fur.
is this odd?


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Trillian
BRONZE Member since Feb 2004

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Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Posted:not at all. okay maybe a little. I'd love to make mittens out of my dog's fur-its black and curly and fluffy and so soft!

"I know a good deal more than a boiled carrot."
"Fire!" "Where?" "Nowhere, I was just illustrating the misuse of free speech."

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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:at least i know im not the only weirdo who wants to make mittens out of animal fur.
"so good to see you, i've missed you so long... so glad its over.. i've missed you so much... came out to watch you play, why are you running away?"


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Mistress Aurora


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Location: Stillwater,OK/Wichita Falls,TX

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Posted:My recomendation is to use a hairball formula dry cat food. And also buy the liquid malt for hairballs at a pet store and use that everyday for a week and then switch over to using the malt once a week. You may have to end up doing that for the rest of her life. That's what we do for my cats at home (all 9 of em) and also at my work for our kennel cat Fern.

Brushing your cat does help to cut down any loose hair that they may ingest while grooming themselves. One of my cats at home has a big problem with matts and he is long haired. Never had that problem with him before. We are gonna have to shave him down in order to get a start on the matting.

*note** Some cats may not like the liquid malt, so you may have to either put it on your cat's front paws and let her lick it off on her own, or if she pulls a "Fern" ((too smart for her own good)) You may have to put the malt on your finger and rub it either on the roof of her mouth or tongue. Or..rub the malt between her cheeks and her teeth. Good Luck and hope the info that everyone has provided for you helps wink



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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:thanks, aurora.
i have the dry cat food hairball formula. i also use cat lax on her soft food.
the good news is, she didnt hairball this morning, the first time in quite a while.
yay!
yay for having a veterinarian here!
this place rules...!


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Mistress Aurora


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Posted:No problem...Good to hear she didn't have any hair ball surprises awaiting you. wink

I'm not a vet, but a vet's assistant or vet's nurse ubblol

Hope all contiues to work out for you and your lil fuzz ball ubblol hug



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Klowny
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

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Location: Remote Western Australia Karra...

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Posted:you know thats why dogs are a mans best friend, at least if a dog decides it wants to lose hair it just leaves it scattered where ever it was lying down, much better than picking up slimmy balls of fur, dogs are best, my miniture sausage dog and great dane rock cujo and zajas for ever!

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Flame Boy
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

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Location: Out

Total posts: 1508
Posted:Give it a muzzle!

AAARRRGGGHHH!!! My giant stick broke!!! In two!!! My stick broke in two!!! ubbcrying

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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:lol.
IT?
<looks at flameboy quizzicly>
she (she) still hasnt hairballed since my last post.
and if anyone cares, i'm happy about it.
and <phew> about it too.
<phew>
see?
<smiles>
she said to say hi, btw, and thanks, and she's embarassed so many people are talking about her (her).

she's female. not an it. <smiles>


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Socks
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

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Arf! Can I have a biscut?
Location: North America, Mid West

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Posted:Ok, scrap the idea...



Umm, trim her fur? What kinda cat is she? longhair? Shorthair?



Socks

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I'm weird. Just work through that and we'll all be fine.

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Klowny
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

Klowny

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Location: Remote Western Australia Karra...

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Posted:i still say dogs are better....

"Only fools are positive! are you sure? Im POSITIVE"

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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:has anyone ever trimmed a cats fur?
as opposed to combing one?
<ponders>
hhhmmm....
<rubs chin in pondering fashion>
...


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Socks
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Location: North America, Mid West

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Posted:Written by: meditator

has anyone ever trimmed a cats fur?
as opposed to combing one?
...



Ok, you asked for it. eek The "Story" is legend (and I've seen 2-3 "versions" of it, so it's a story), but the photos are real.

"My sister-in law is from Oklahoma and has a slight accent. She has cats and when she lived in the south she would take them to the groomers and have what is called a "Line Cut".

"To her a line cut is when all of the fur hanging down below the cat's tummy is taken off (because it gets matted or gnarled). When she moved to Chicago with my brother, one of the cats fur got all tangled up during the move so she took it in for a line cut. She was quite surprised when she heard the price as it was twice as much as it was down south. She confirmed with the groomer that he understood what a line cut was and he said "yes, I know what a LION cut is."


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"It seems her accent came out sounding like LION not LINE and this is how her cat was returned to her. She cried for a week... but not as much as the cat. It was November in Chicago and the cat needed all the fur it had."


If done correctly, a lion cut can look quite GOOD on a cat! But, alas, it was not....

Socks (You can read the cat's mind. "You... will.... die....") hug


I'm weird. Just work through that and we'll all be fine.

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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:roflmao.
so cute.
biggrin
<grins a huge grin of gigantic proportions>
it (the fur booties) look almost unreal..
thanks.


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Flame Boy
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

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Posted:That cat looked ever so slightly pi55ed off!

Actually, at second glance, it looking 7uckin9 pi55ed off!!! ubblol


AAARRRGGGHHH!!! My giant stick broke!!! In two!!! My stick broke in two!!! ubbcrying

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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

Total posts: 1799
Posted:<chuckle>

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Mistress Aurora


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Location: Stillwater,OK/Wichita Falls,TX

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Posted:ubblol

We had to do a lion cut on one of our clients cats. He is a black persian named Veezar. He had to have it in order to get rid of some bad matting he had. Even after shaving him down he stilled weighed alot! He isn't fat just a really BIG cat! All 16.8lbs. of him! ubblol ubblove



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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:wow thats as big as my...
well.
thats real big.


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