I love the grasses in my garden. I also love my cat. What I do not love, however, is what happens when the two mix, which they frequently do.
Oh Schnoopette, why must thou daily ingest my grasses? Why, when thou knowest they induce thou to vomit? Why dost thou shun the specially-purchased “cat grass” in favour of my pennisetum? And why – oh God! – why dost thou choose the 100% wool, long-shag rug to bless with your digestive mishaps?
your cat has hairballs. they eat the grass to work it out of thier stomachs.. give them hairball remedy from the store and brush them more!
Andrea Bellamy says
Maybe. I’ve given her hairball treatments, so she should be hairball-free, but I guess you never know. Personally I just think she likes her greens!
Dave Mohrman says
Your cat may not have hairballs. My cat has always been a chronic vomiter and it was getting really bad as she got older. I just assumed it was hairballs and that’s what my vet said too. However one or more daily messes to clean off the carpet was getting to be the very annoying routine. Hairball remedies and cat food that supposedly helped with hairballs didn’t seem to be helping, and they didn’t seem to be hairballs anyway.
Just as we were tearing up the carpeting, a friend made an observation that maybe her cat food was causing it. She pointed out that most commercial cat food contains high proportions of grains, which would not be a normal part of a feline diet in the wild if you think about it, and that we might want to try an all meat formula. So we went to our local natural food co-op and sure enough there were a couple of brands of grain-free brands available. After having her on this diet for a couple of months now, it seems to be working very nicely and her chronic vomiting has fallen way off! I’ll find something every few weeks or so, but overall it’s been great. The bonus point is that she’s gotten back to a nice healthy weight as well.
The brand we’ve been using is called “Wellness”. They have several flavors, but we’ve been sticking with chicken to avoid any possible relapses. They also make dry food too, and we feed both our cats this stuff and it seems to be fine and they like both kinds .
The downside is the cost. This stuff is about 3 times more expensive as the other stuff we used to feed them but I think we’re ALL healthier for the change so, I feel it’s worth it.
Give it a shot and see if that helps. If you don’t have a natural foods store handy, perhaps a specialty pet shop may have it. Otherwise here’s their web address: http://www.omhpet.com
Andrea Bellamy says
Great advice, Dave! Thanks so much. I’ll definitely give that a shot.