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  •  I've always considered hairballs (19+ / 0-)

    to come with cats automatically.  It is, however, much better for them to yuck them out than for the hairball to try to pass through the intestinal system where they could cause an obstruction.

    Unless the hairballs or retching are happening far more than normal (and they do when the cats lose their winter undercoats), brushing and dealing with the hairball is all we can do.

    I find that letting them sit and "dry" on a carpet is better than trying to pick them up when they're fresh.  I put a small square of toilet paper on top to alert me not to step in it.  When it's dry, you can simply scratch it off the carpet and vacuum it up.  I've never had a stain.

    If you try to deal with them fresh, they always goo into the carpet and create a mess.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 05:21:04 PM PDT

    •  Yep (9+ / 0-)
      I find that letting them sit and "dry" on a carpet is better than trying to pick them up when they're fresh.  I put a small square of toilet paper on top to alert me not to step in it.  When it's dry, you can simply scratch it off the carpet and vacuum it up.  I've never had a stain.
      I'm having big flea problems this year so I'm combing them a lot with a flea comb (a few times a day). This helps with the hair too. I just got a spiffy new comb with double rows and it seems to work pretty good.

      I've had cats pretty much my whole life so I've probably seen it all.

      I ♥ rock crushers.

      by fly on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 05:45:35 PM PDT

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      •  My cat hates being brushed or combed. (5+ / 0-)

        He bites the brush.  Then, if I haven't stopped, he bites me.
        I've gotten the message, and just let him shed.  I've even become used to living in a house where most surfaces have the appearance of being upholstered in mohair by the end of each week after vacuuming.

        •  Most cats enjoy it (6+ / 0-)

          I think you just need to be persistent and do it for a while till they begin to like it. My rule is - "I'm a lot bigger than you and a lot stronger too".

          And as I said I've had cats for so long I usually know what they're going to do before they do it and react before they can act, so they kind of submit to the indignities I inflict on them

          I ♥ rock crushers.

          by fly on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 06:28:47 PM PDT

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        •  Let me help you with that (4+ / 0-)
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          I use a Pet Zoom brush (it's easy cleaning with the push of a button) and it has very stiff wire bristles.  

          Stroke the cat with the brush at the same speed the cat grooms himself.  Short, firm strokes only and go in the direction the fur grows (not against the grain).  Avoid the belly unless he offers it up for grooming (do that section with a light stroke).

          They love it in the areas they love scratched.

          To your cat, it will feel like grooming from mama cat.  After a few sessions, he'll ask for brushing.

          Come by here and say "treat" or "brush" and you'll have a cat running to you with a big smile on her face.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 10:57:59 PM PDT

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        •  Get a cat muzzle. I got one for a cat I used to (4+ / 0-)
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          have, because she'd bite me when I clipped her claws.  She hated it.  After the second time, all I had to do was threaten her with it, and she wouldn't bite.  

          Muzzle your cat, brush or comb, remove muzzle.  Next time, tell him that he gets the muzzle if he bites, brush or comb, apply muzzle only if he bites.  

          "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

          by Calamity Jean on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 12:34:30 AM PDT

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