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post #1 of 4 Old 11-07-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sick cat

So, my brother had a 2yo pure white cat that he ended up giving to my BO to be a barn cat because Mr Kitty just wasn't happy with my brother (he kept escaping and hiding under the deck, but he wouldn't come out, so my brother had to humanely trap him on four separate occasions). Anyway, shortly before he decided to give up Mr Kitty, my brother adopted a 1-1.5yo male cat named Niles from the Humane Society. Niles is perfect for my brother: affectionate without being overbearing and very vocal. He is my brother's only company.

Anyway, about a week ago, my brother noticed that Niles was wanting to go outside more (he takes Niles for walks on a harness and Niles loves it) and when he did go outside, all he wanted to do was eat grass. So, I suggested on Sunday that he fast him for a day and then slowly start feeding him bland boiled chicken and rice. I also suggested that he stop giving Niles milk. Well, it's been four days and Niles isn't interested in the chicken and rice at all. He hasn't been drinking much, either, and hasn't been pooping or peeing. All he does is cry to go out, then run outside and eat grass.

I know that the best option would be to take Niles to the vet, but my brother is self-employed (he goes around and hand-washes/details people's cars, which doesn't equate to a very good living) and has no credit, so going to the vet really isn't an option right now. Normally I'd help him with the vet bill, but I just lost my job on Monday and my boyfriend lost his job last month, so we're beyond strapped right now.

So, any ideas on anything we can try? Let me know what, if any, more information you might need.

Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-07-2013, 01:07 PM
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Sounds like he's trying to get rid of something in his belly...hairball maybe? I'd get him some kitty grass(oats that fall out of the oathay work just fine, in a bit of potting soil), and while this is growing, let him eat all the grass he wants outside. Watch him closely if he brings something up after eating the grass. If not, and he keeps doing it, time for vet, no way around, if he's that plugged up.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-07-2013, 01:09 PM
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It sounds like he has a hairball. Let him eat the grass and make sure he brings something up, if not and he gets worse a vet will need to see him. My cats often go outside and do nothing but eat grass and then hack up a hairball.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-07-2013, 03:15 PM
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Try putting him back on the cat food. Will he eat it?

Some cats won't eat chicken and rice at all. I have one cat who is extremely picky about food.

I would pick up some laxatone from the vet's office. It's sold over the counter. I think they sell it at publix and petsmart as well.
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