Sunday, March 7, 2010
Abby & the hairball
This story just proves what I've always known. Abby (& probably most cats) are cleverer than the cleverest vet who ever qualified. I took Abby to the vet for a nail clip on Friday morning. Thank goodness it's only a five minute trip because she is not happy to be popped into her cat carrier & strapped into the back seat of the car. I mentioned that she has a habit of coughing but not bringing up what I assume is a hairball. Sometimes she does bring it up - on the only piece of carpet in the house - but I thought I should ask if there's anything I could do. The vet recommended paraffin oil mixed in with her food once a week. This would encourage the hairball to be passed through her system without needing to be thrown up. The paraffin is tasteless & has no smell, she'll never know it's there said the vet. So, I bought the paraffin, chose her favourite tuna & rice meal, mixed it in carefully - & she sniffed at it, turned her nose up & refused to eat. This is not Abby's usual reaction to dinner. It was a stormy afternoon though & she doesn't like thunder so I thought she may have been upset by the storm & would eat later. No. Eventually, I gave up & opened a tin of beef & liver & you can see the result above. Thunder wasn't the problem. She could smell the odourless paraffin. I will persevere. Next time, I'll try mixing it with a really fishy meal which will hopefully disguise the smell. Keep your fingers crossed for me.