He left me a present this morning!

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
April 10, 2007 5:36pm CST
My cat, Joe, was making a retching noise this morning and when I turned around to check on him; he had deposited a nice big hairball IN my shoes. We brush and comb him regularly and give him hairball medicine and he is usually OK. But, every now nad then, this happens. Just normally NOT in my shoes. I felt sorry for him AND sorry for me. Needless, to say, I am wearing different shoes today!
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@evelynlyp (788)
• Japan
10 Apr 07
Its a natural thing that cats do - throwing up hair balls. There's no need to feel sorry for the cats because its something cats have been doing frequently for thousands of years. The reason they get hairballs is because they lick themselves a lot and swallow the hair. Cats have to lick themselves to keep cool. Hair can't be digested so it accumulates in the stomach. After a time the cats throws up the hair.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I know it is natural; but, he looks so "sad", disgusted", and unhappy" when he is actually doing it and then he trys to cover it up, like he is ashamed of it.
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
Haha.. I know what you mean speak easy. Men have been retching for thousands of years too, but we're not so happy about it either. Cats must feel the same. Getting a hairball up the throat must be one heck of an effort. But it's a necessary evil. Poor little cat.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
That's funny. Things like that happen, despite all the things you do to prevent it. I never got how my cat was always fine after she puked on the floor. How does that work? When I vomit I usually feel like crap for the rest of the day.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
11 Apr 07
1) Cats can be really miserable but they won't show it. That is a survival instinct, don't let others know you are not 100%. 2) If you had a huge mass of garbage in your stomach and you got rid of it, you would probably feel better also. I know a hairball only weighs 2 - 3 ounces but when you're a cat that only weighs 12 pounds in the first place that is like a 120 pound person throwing up 20 - 30 ounces (1-1/2 to 2 pounds). What a relief!
• United States
10 Apr 07
In your shoes, that's awesome. Maybe he wanted yo to stay home today... My cat throws up about once a week. I try to brush him every couple of days and we give him some "hair ball remedy" once a week, which helps. My cat sometimes does it because he bolts his food, too. If I don't get to him in time, the dog is usually "helps" clean up the post-meal barf (aren't pets wonderful?). I guess it is better that they throw it up rather than it get stuck in their intestines.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Our cats rarely "bolt" their food, thank goodness. (I used to have a cat that did that and half his meals came right back up.) It would have been nicer if he did it NEXT to my shoes instead of IN them though.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
12 Apr 07
When a cat constantly bolts his food, there are 2 things you can try. 1) Feeding him all by himself in a separate room - sometimes they are afraid someone else will try to take the food away (person, cat or dog). 2) Only giving them ONE teaspoon of food at a time and feeding they every couple of hours until they are full and happy. Daily "barfing" doesn't let them get all the nutrition they need.
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• United States
14 Apr 07
I usually give my cat a few pieces of food to start him off, and then give him the rest of the serving. That usually keeps him from eating so fast that he pukes it back. Now it is usually just hairballs or eating the plants that makes him puke. My college roomate had a cat that loved to chases beetles in the summer and eat them by the pound. Regurgatated beetle casings has got to be the most disgusting thing I have ever found on a floor. It looked like something out of the "Alien" movies. :P
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• United States
10 Apr 07
awe!!!! your poor kitty and your poor shoes. What normally causes cats to have hairballs? Can dogs have them as well?
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
10 Apr 07
When they groom themselves, they end up swallowing loose hair. If it doesn't pass through, it collects in the stomach and then comes back up. It is "possible" for dogs to also get them BUT it is rare. Most dogs are larger and hair passes through more easily. Also, a cat's toungue is rough and actually PULLS loose fur from their coat; but that same "roughness" is angled inward and pulls the hair right on in.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
ewwww
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
i haven't experienced my cats vomiting hair-ball ever, maybe because mine are short-haired... it might really be dsturbing coz you might think your cat is sick but i guess its normal for them...
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I am amazed that you never ended up with a hairball. I have had shorthaired cats all my life (Joe is the exception). Some shorthair cats shed heavily and others not as much. Our last Siamese, shed very little; but, even he presented us with the occasional hairball. FYI - even though they are called "hairball" they are not ball shaped. They look more like something that belongs in the litter box; but, they are full of hair and partially digested food.
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Yuck!! Those hairballs are disgusting, aren't they? What's really great (not!) is when you're eating and they do that! The hairball remedy stuff does help quite a bit. You can also buy hairball remedy dry cat food. The Purina Indoor formula really decreased hairballs when our cats were on it, but they sure got fat. I stopped feeding it for that reason. Hopefully no presents for you to start your day tomorrow?!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Thanks, no presents this morning. Without the hairball remedy; he would be leaving me daily presents. It really does help; but it is not 100%. What my son really hates is when they do it right outside his bedroom door during the night. Then, it is COLD and disgusting when he gets up in the morning.