Indoor Feral Cat With Hairball Problem
Hi. I just joined because I have a problem with a feral cat and I'm hoping someone here has some advice. I have been living with a feral cat in my house for the past 10 years. Long story - an unsuccessful attempt to 'un-feral' a cat. Anyway, we co-exist quite peacefully and she gets along fine with my other cat. So I just say that I have a cat and my cat has her own cat. Anyway, Mindy, the feral cat, keeps at least a 5 foot distance from me at all times and freaks out if I accidentally get any closer. I have even seen her jump 10 feet from a dead stop just to get away from me. She is a DSH, but the type with very slightly longer hair. I cannot get near her to brush her and she is apparently ingesting a lot of hair. Consequently, she vomits hairballs rather frequently. I have tried a number of the hairball formula cat foods, but neither of my cats will eat them. Obviously, I can't get near her to use the linatone type stuff either. Does anyone know of something I can add to the food she likes, maybe an unobjectionable oil, that might help with the hairball problem? Or suggest a hairball formula cat food that cats absolutely can't resist? Lately she is vomiting pretty much every day, and I feel very bad for her, not to mention that I'm getting tired of shampooing carpet every day. I have even considered trying a Hav-a-Hart trap in the house, and then keeping her in a large dog crate so I can brush her and do the linatone thing, but at her age I'm afraid I could stress her into a heart attack if I trapped and crated her. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.