Has he or she been leaving copious amounts of cat hair all over your furniture?
Is more time being spent on grooming than usual?
Have you heard that dry cough and wretching as a blob that resembles poo, gets thrown up onto your carpet?
This time of year, cats moult, shedding an enormous amount of hair, that, due to their fastidious grooming, ends up entering their digestive system and forming fur balls.
You can help your cat through the moulting season. Regularly brush it, to remove dead hair, or even, gently stroke your cat, with a slightly wet hand, if, like mine even gentle brushing is tolerated, only for very short stints. That way it’s you dealing with the big clumps of loose fur, not your cat’s digestive system.
Fur balls can be treated with a simple dose of a centimetre of cat lax, available from your vet. This will lubricate the fur ball through their digestive system and out the end that soils the cat tray, rather than the carpet!
Have you heard caterwails that are so unlike his or her regular mews and meows?
The caterwail is a good indicator that your pet is not happy, and most likely is in a good deal of discomfort or perhaps, even pain.
Next up from the caterwail is the yeowowow cry of agonising pain. I have only once heard it from my boy, a fact I am very glad about. It is a spine-chilling sound that made his pain my own. My darling yeowowowed his way through a day of agonising pain, despite an immediate trip to the vets, following a broad daylight cat fight. He came off second best. His worst injury was to his paw, a very painful and deep wound between his toe and into his heel. The result was that the pressure of walking increased his pain. Pain purrs have a very different rhythm and sound to the familiar purr of contentment, these, punctuated the yeowowows, for a day or so even with painkillers and a course of antibiotics and a bandage designed to immobilise his leg.
You’re being warned…..
Then there is the spit and hiss, warning that you are doing something that seriously annoys your cat, like the thermometer routine at the vets. Perhaps you have hit a tender spot, whilst stroking or patting your cat which needs investigation. In my moggy’s case, it turned out to be an arthritic spur that had developed towards the base of his spine. That, along with avoiding jumping were tell-tale signs my moggy needed a visit to the vet’s for investigation.
My boy has been on glucosamine supplements and herbal arthritis injections ever since, about half of his 17 year life!
Familiarity breeds contentment!
My cat no longer meows in protest when visiting the vets. In the days where his vet visits were infrequent such protests were loud and continued through the duration of our time in the waiting area. The strange environment and smells along with unfamiliar animals would set off his fear triggers.
These days it’s a case of a protest meow hiss, as I pop him in his cat carrier, daring to disturb his routine. A meow to say “hello, I’m here again” as we enter the surgery, then a look of indifference, as he purrs his way through most of his visit. Our visits, for his arthritis jabs are regular, so this familiarity has turned a once tense cat into a picture of contentment and relaxation, even in an environment, as far removed from his usual surroundings as the vets!