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Hair we go again

Marbles is spending an awful lot of time lately watching the bathroom’s paint peel. Not that she’s sitting there reading a magazine whilst she does her business. She’s been confined because, after the second time I had to completely remove, wash, dry, and replace all the bed coverings down to the mattress in one day, I gave up. I moved her lock, stock and comfy-fleeced catbed into the bathroom where at least the vinyl floor is vomit-resistant.
Not that I don’t love her, and certainly not that I haven’t consulted with the vet about her, but I’m just not going to get any sleep if there’s a chance of upchuck sinking into my pillow during the night again. The spector of being greeted in the morning with the aroma of canned cat food is enough to spawn nightmares on its own.
This situation is not of Marble’s making. One of the hazards of wearing nothing but fur is that in order to keep it glossy and clean, she prefers to wash it herself, the kitty way. If thereby some of her fur makes its way into her innards, well, she’s going to be growing a mighty crop of a hairball before you can say “the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.”
She is a fastidious creature; all that white fur is never so much as slightly dirty, so hairballs are a constant threat.
We have multiple tubes of hairball-banishing ointments, but the best by far is the one that Marbles will readily take: Laxaire. Not sold in stores; no longer available at the vet’s; finally found on the Internet at the bargain price of $7 plus shipping.
You would think they were shipping gold ingots, but, whatever the price, if I spend less time wiping digestive juices off the newly varnish-stripped furniture, it has been worth it.

Recall news:
Procter & Gamble Company is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of dry cat food due to potential salmonella exposure. Only one code date is affected: Iams Indoor Weight Control with Hairball Care dry cat food, 6.8 lb bag, Code Date 02304173 (B1-B6), UPC Code 1901403921. Consumers who have purchased one of these bags with the specific code date listed should discard it. Call P&G toll-free with questions at 800-862-3332 (M-F, 9-6 p.m. EST).
Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling 8-oz. bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519. Hartz recommends that dog owners who have purchased one of these bags with the specific code should discard it. Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions.

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Owned by three cats over age 13

2 thoughts on “Hair we go again

  1. I can really identify with your situation. In my case my senior cat has, according to the vet, become geriatric. She faithfully goes to the litter box, but misses. The litter box has been moved to the basement, with an old plastic table cloth on the floor, an old rug, and the litter box. What we will do for our treasured pets!!!!

    1. How true! Aging isn’t easy for any of us, I guess. After 12+ years with our family, Marbles is definitely a senior feline but can still run and play like a kitten when she’s feeling up to it.
      Thanks for your feedback. I wish you many more happy days with your pet!

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