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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Question Hairballs? Shaving Double Coat? Pajamas?

My cat starts getting really bad hair balls around this time of year which in the past I just dealt with it (he's five years old) I do try to brush him daily but he will still throw up a hairball about once every two/three days. I want to avoid him throwing up as much as possible because last year he ended up swallowing something that obstructed his intestines and he had to have surgery and part of his intestines were removed. He's a picky eater so changing his diet to a hairball formula hasn't worked in the past as he will refuse to eat. He will spit out any hairball balms but will eat coconut oil in his food to help pass some hairballs. The only things I can think of left to try doing are shaving him to a lion cut or putting him in some pajamas all day until I get home and can brush him and try to reduce the amount of hair he is ingesting from cleaning himself. My worry with shaving him is that I believe he is part Maine Coon and he definitely has a double coat. I've read that shaving double coats can cause damage to them and they may not grow back properly which I want to avoid doing any permanent damage if possible which is why I am more inclined to try the pajamas but I figured someone on here might have some better suggestions for me. Thanks for any help.

Here's a link to the kind of pajamas I was thinking of buying him.
http://https://www.amazon.com/Lovelo...8-2-fkmr0&th=1
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-27-2019, 01:01 PM
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Most cats have two main shedding periods for a few weeks.....early spring and early fall when the length of the days lengthen or shorten. At least this is the case with cats living in more northern countries where there is a distinct winter with colder temperatures. Though occasionally you may have a cat that seems to shed constantly......I've had a few of those over the years. The best thing for longhair cats is to comb them every day during these transition periods. I prefer a steel comb that has half with finer tines on it and other half tines that are a little wider spaced. There are other reasons for shedding, such as stress, medications, sunburn, or an unbalanced diet.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 09:36 PM
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I have a long-haired cat who's part Norwegian Forest, I think. He has a thick undercoat and sheds terribly all spring and summer. He's too squirmy for me to do much brushing, so I've had him shaved a couple of times. The only problem is because it's done at the vet's, they knock him out while it's being done . . . but it didn't damage his coat at all. I didn't like that he was being anesthetized for something like that, so last year I trimmed his fur with scissors. It took several sessions to complete and believe me, the results weren't pretty. I haven't decided what to do about it this year.
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