My cat has long fur and I recently had to take him to the vet because he hadn't eaten anything in 2 days and he was vomiting a lot, but no hair was coming up. This just happened and the vet pumped him full of liquids, causing him to vomit at least 4 or 5 times when we got home. Three of those times, a very small amount of fur came up and today, exactly one week since he stopped eating, he finally ate, but only about 1/8 the amount of food that he usually consumes. So I'm not sure if we're out of the woods yet, or not. So can anyone tell me if I can have his fur shaved by a professional groomer, since it seems to be a potential threat to his life, or will shaving his fur **** him up somehow?


  • TwinkleTwinkle BirminghamMember Posts: 10,958 ✭✭✭✭
    I have long fur. I get matted sometimes & I have to be shaved. I hate it, but sometimes it's a necessary evil. I think your cat needs x-rays to see what's going on inside. If there's a huge hairball or another kind of blockage, it'll show on the x-ray. Your cat may have swallowed something he shouldn't have. The problem may not be hairballs. I highly advise getting x-rays done.
  • MousieCorpMousieCorp Member Posts: 15
    I have two long haired kitties and I use one of those brushes with the little metal bristles that look like bent needles and that seems to help a lot.   I agree with Twinkle.. Have kitty x-rayed to see what's happeing in there.  
    Is this the first time he's had hairballs?  A closer examination of kitty's Hairball Horking History might give you a bit of insight about what to do.  I hear giving them a little taste of butter or fish oil helps with hairballs. 
    Keep us posted and hug your kitty for me! 
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