Manja Cats, Singapore & Us

Manja Cats: Tigger, Ve Ching, Harmony & Missy (in order of adoption); Singapore: Where we are currently living; Us: Alex's British, Tarsier Girl is Singaporean.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Beautiful Cat, Gross Hairballs

Tigger, as you can see, is a beautiful, semi long-haired cat. Cats like him require regular brushing. But unfortunately, he hates have his fur brushed, even though we tried to get him used to it by brushing him weekly when he was only a wee kitten. Nowadays he requires daily brushing but more often then not, he would run away and if we persist, then we (mainly Alex) would end up with lots of scratches. No amount of treats or distractions will get him to submit willingly to a grooming session.

The result, as any cat owner knows, is the frequent throwing up of hairballs. He used to dry heave for a long time before actually coughing a hairball up. But nowadays, after switching his brand of wet food and adding probiotics and digestive enzymes and fish oil to his diet, he coughs them up like nobody's business.

The first time we saw a hairball, we were so disgusted and yet fascinated by it that we took a picture of it.


Blogger Jenn said...

Where did you get your lovely Tigger? A few weeks ago our beloved cat who we'd brought to Singapore with us from the US succumbed to liver failure, and we are still grieving (see the tribute on our blog) but are looking for another big fluffy long-haired one to love. I've been searching every Singapore shelter/foster's website to no avail.

11:32 am  
Blogger Tarsier Girl said...

Thanks for the compliment. We got Tigger from the SPCA. When we got him as a 4-week-old kitten, he didn't look like he was going to be anything but a domestic short-haired cat. So you can imagine what a lovely surprise we got as his fur grew along with him!

12:28 pm  
Anonymous Mei said...


Can I check where did you get your probiotics from, what brand is it and how much did it costs as I am looking for my cat. Many thanks and kind regards.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Tarsier Girl said...

Hi Mei,

I got the probiotics from Pet Lovers Centre but that was such a long time ago that I can't remember the price or the brand. However, since I started Tigger on Solid Gold's Indigo Moon cat food, he's gone from throwing up hairballs every week to once in a blue moon.

9:35 pm  

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