Monday, August 10, 2009

Any Advice?

GEORGE

Someone, and I'm not saying who, is not using the litterbox! Mom has found..um, how can I put this delicately so as not to offend the lady cats..."piles" on the living room rug. And not just once but several days over the past few weeks. This is very unusual at our house, since none of us has ever had a problem of this sort before.

So, Mom is trying to find out just who is doing this but since she works all day, she hasn't been able to catch the perpetrator of this crime.

Now mind you, I'm not pointing toes here, but I can add my observations about this problem. The offending "piles" are not large, so they're not likely to come from we larger cats. That narrows down the list of possible culprits considerably, doesn't it... Misty?!

However, at the same time this is happening, Max is having a problem. He's been...um...relieving himself outside the litterbox, twice that Mom knows of for sure and other times she suspected him but couldn't be sure. Once in a suitcase she was getting ready for one of Dad's business trips and once he climbed up on Mom's lap and let go!! So, the rug culprit might be Max, but not likely since, being a big guy, his solid output is rather large and shall we say, odiferous!

Mom got us a big, new litterbox, which is very nice by the way, and has increased the scooping frequency in the main litterbox to twice daily. So far Max has not had any more incidents and there have been no "piles" in the living room for a few days. We have 2 litterboxes in the basement too, but we can't use those right now. Because of Misty's thread swallowing issue, the basement door and all the bedroom doors have been kept shut 'cause Mom can't find Misty's hidden spool, so we're down to 2 litterboxes on the first floor.

All the while this is going on, our vomiting has increased. Every day Mom finds it and she's seen us all throwing up more than usual. There has been no changes in our food. We don't get any people food and eat only dry Iam's kibbles in the pink, orange or blue bags. The vomit is food, not hairballs. Once in a while we get mousies in our house, but we don't eat them and Mom doesn't use any type of chemical pest repellants that we could have gotten into.

Does anycat have any ideas to help Mom solve this problem besides taking us all to the VET to be checked out, which she doesn't have enough green papers to do right now? (Personally Mom, I think Misty, Max & Tipper should go, since I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing!!)

Do you know of a spray to put on the living room rug and furniture to deter the rug culprit? Any ideas on vomiting remedies?

26 Comments:

At August 10, 2009 4:24 AM, Blogger Parker said...

We can think of a few tings.
First, in summer we shed more so there may be a need for a big brush-a-thon to remove any hairs that are swallowed and are keeping the food from passing.
Second, you may want to get some hairball remedy in a tube, or a little vaseline works too.
Perhaps a third litterbox upstairs, the rule of thumb is a box per cat + an extra.
And this is just a personal note from the Mom - she's not a fan of Iams, they are not the most responsible company when it comes to making their food.
We hope you are able to figure out what is going on!
Smoochies!

 
At August 10, 2009 6:09 AM, Blogger The Whiskeratti said...

Ouch. Tough one. If everyone is throwing up and eats the same food, I'd say there is something wrong about the food - maybe the bag is bad, or they changed the recipe. Maybe try a completely new bag? Good luck with this!!!!! - The Bean

 
At August 10, 2009 6:22 AM, Blogger The Kool-Kittie-Krew said...

Osrry to hear about the dilema going on. Back in the spring, our mom found a few turds in the livingroom. No one was sick our acting out of the oridinary. Mom believes (since the evidence was rock hard) that one of us was constipated and that when we tried to go in "the Box", it came out partially but now all the way. And could've fallen in the livingroom. And as for the vomitting, we throw up food every once in a while too. That's becuase we scarf it down really fast, and it comes back up very shortly after. Hope you all feel better soon!

 
At August 10, 2009 7:07 AM, Blogger Freya's Staff said...

I'm very sorry for your momcat hearing about your problems.. Daily kitty messes are a real pain to clear up. I hope things get sorted soon!

 
At August 10, 2009 7:43 AM, Blogger Angel and Kirby said...

WE know you are very puzzled by this. Our Mom does not like IAMS either, for the same reasons as Parker's Mom. WE don't have any suggestions other than trying different food and adding a litter box.

 
At August 10, 2009 8:01 AM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

Is the food digested or not? If it's not digested then perhaps you are all nervous about something and eating too much.

Is it the same bag you have eaten out of before? Then it is unlikely that it is the food. If it is a new bag, there might be something wrong with it.

It is certainly possible that it is stress. Do you all still WANT to eat?

 
At August 10, 2009 8:12 AM, Blogger Shilgiah the Cat said...

My goodness! If you have to go to the vet together I guess four cats against one vet is a good idea...if the vet wants to give one of you a shot then you can all fight him off.

Hope the potty probs and throw-ups solve themselves soon...but seeing a vet might truly be a good idea...as long as the vet has a payment plan.

 
At August 10, 2009 8:44 AM, Blogger SeaThreePeeO said...

I'm sorry you're having all these problems and I hope they sort themselves out before the vet is required.

However I would recommend a trip to the vet if things don't improve, just to check everything is tickerty boo and to put your mom's mind at rest. xx

 
At August 10, 2009 9:05 AM, Blogger Reese =^..^= said...

Yikes! That's a lot going on. I think you've gotten some great advice here. Good luck.

 
At August 10, 2009 9:47 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

Oh dear, this is a very delicate problem! The throwing up more than usual is a little worrisome. I hope all is straightened out soon!

 
At August 10, 2009 10:08 AM, Blogger peggy and The Cats said...

Mom agrees about the food. Try some Science Diet. When we barf food, it's because we scarfed it too fast, so sometimes we get put in different rooms to eat. The pooping on the rug might also be the food. If they get constipated, and it's painful to pass. Then they associate the pain with the litter box. I keep Laxatone on hand all the time. And anyone who doesn't like it gets it smeared on their leg so they lick it off. Good luck.

 
At August 10, 2009 11:09 AM, Blogger Max said...

Everyone else has suggested the food...if it's a bunch kitties, it's probably something they're all ingesting.

There's this really good stuff you can get called Kids-N-Pets at Walmart in the cleaning supplies area. Maybe some other places too. You soak the rug where a kitty has peed and it neutralizes the odor so the kitty doesn't pee there again. The Woman has tried a few different kinds of things and this one seems to work the best.

Not that I pee anywhere but my box... ;)

 
At August 10, 2009 11:46 AM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh no...Speedy was barfing up watery stuff and, well, yoo know about his poop prollem. Turns out it was a hairball. Mom just loaded him up wif dat hairball glop twice a day until finally he pooped and now da frowing up haf stopped too. Mom agrees wif da others, Iams isn't da bestest food. We haf been eating Wellness fur awhile now...'cept fur Zippy. Zippy will only eat Purina Cat Chow. She's weerd like dat.

 
At August 10, 2009 11:50 AM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Misty, would you like to come visit today? We haf a nice cool house and mom put out our kwilts on da floor so we can lay around and cool ourselfs. Der is a nice spot unner da end table and in front of a vent where we could lounge...~Speedy

 
At August 10, 2009 1:21 PM, Blogger The Kitty Krew said...

OH my, you kitties have a lot going on. We hafta agree with the others that if you're all throwing up, it sounds like a problem with the food even if it's the same brand you've always eaten.

As for the pooping, well, we're not sure about that but we think our Mommy may be about to deal with it with at least one of us...but that's because she's changing our litter brand and one kitty not to be named (Callie) isn't too happy. The rest of us she's not sure of yet. Doesn't sound like that's your problem so it may be related to the throwing up problem? Hard to say.

Good luck, we hope it can get worked out so all you kitties can be happy again!

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew

 
At August 10, 2009 1:46 PM, Blogger Anya said...

Oops...
problems problems
take care !!

Kareltje =^.^=

 
At August 10, 2009 2:49 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

Geez, we hope your mom can figure out what's going on. Others have given you some good ideas...try some hairball stuff...and we're not big fans of Iams either...

There's also a litter called Cat Attract which is supposed to attract cats to using the litter box. If the pooping outside the box continues, you may want to look at that....

 
At August 10, 2009 3:25 PM, Blogger LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

Um, I had a throw-up problem for a week when I eated a small pom-pom once. The food couldn't get past it. When I finally managed ta hack it up, I was OK again.

Actally, it happened twicet. The Big Thing had thrown away all the small pom-poms, but I had one hidden away and ate that. They are ALL gone now...

About the poops, the pet stores sell stuff that dissolves the organic matter completely. But yer Mom should also try covering the spot with a box or somethin fer a while. That helps break the "spot" attraction.

LC

 
At August 10, 2009 4:45 PM, Blogger Derby said...

I yak if I eat too much too fast. I just do it now and then.

 
At August 10, 2009 5:29 PM, Blogger Grrreta said...

I think adding another litter box or two may help. The kitties may be having a difficult time adjusting to fewer litter boxes. That could even be causing enough stress to make somekitty bomit. I hope you kitties can find a solution.

 
At August 10, 2009 6:28 PM, Blogger Fin said...

I think a new litter box might help. And Petromalt always helps me when I'm barfy.

 
At August 10, 2009 8:27 PM, Blogger Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

We agree with the thought that there aren't enough litter boxes anymore. Scooby was pooping in the far corner of the basement because Scout was hiding behind the door to attack him whenever he finished in it. We had two boxes in the basement laundry room. Mom put a new one where he was pooping for a month or so, then put another in an upstairs room and took the other one away. That solved our problems.
We also agree that it must be the food causing the problems, it is the only thing they all have in common, unless you brought a new plant or something like that home that has been nommed on.
Even if you can't visit the vet right away, they usually are happy to give advice or suggestions on the phone. At least ours are.

 
At August 10, 2009 10:05 PM, Blogger Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artangan Rumblepurr said...

No advice, but lots of good thoughts for whomever is having the problem... I bet they are not feeling so good :(

 
At August 11, 2009 8:13 AM, Blogger Niko and Cloud said...

Lots of good advice above. In addition, if your Mom does take somebody to the V-E-T, we recommend starting with Max since he is the one Mom has caught for sure going out of the box, and also asking if your V-E-T takes something called CareCredit. It is basically a credit card your Mom would have to apply for, but since the card can only be used at V-E-Ts and Bean V-E-Ts, the interest rates are really good. Our V-E-T takes the one year no interest plan, which works out great for the beans. Lots of purrs and headbutts that everyone feels better soon!

 
At August 15, 2009 4:38 PM, Blogger Baby Patches Confessions of the Plume said...

What kinds of litter do you uses? If you finking about tryings a different litter in addition to food changes you should uses da Worlds Best Cat litter. It is pawsome, we uses it and its just all natural ground up corn, it wonderfur at keepings smells at bay.

Purrrrrrrrrrrs

 
At August 15, 2009 6:42 PM, Blogger Percy the Cat said...

Lots of good suggestions! My mum changed our food when Pandora my sister started having problems (though she wasn't vomiting, it was more the poos). We now eat Wellness food (only canned food) and mum won't give us any grocery store brand food like IAMS. By the way she says that maybe it is the grains in the food that are bothering them? Pandora is very sensitive to grains, and Wellness is grain free. I hope everyone gets better soon!!

 

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