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    ahlissuhp
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    So our seven week old kitten Warren just had an episode yesterday where I found him rubbing his bottom all over the floor, so I picked him up and what do I find? About twenty stands of 20 inch hair coming out of his behind! Turns out the little bugger has been eating my girlfriend’s hair that he finds around the house. Is there anything we can do to get him to stop and has anyone else dealt with this before? I understand that I should give the place a very good sweeping/vacuuming, but my girlfriend tends to lose a lot of hair because it’s so thick, so it’s impossible to find it all. This kitten is such a character, I’m telling you! Thanks for any info!

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    CheetahBoysmommy
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    Some cats just like to eat stringy things. It can be really dangerous, very expensive and sometimes fatal.

    You need to be check thoroughly (crawl around the house at kitty level) for anything else the little boy can eat. Look for ribbons, string, yarn, rubber bands, plastic, etc. Find and remove or lock up all of it. Don’t forget to remove things like the tails off his two mice.

    Ask the vet what he/she recommends for hair ball relief. Even though Warren isn’t swallowing his own fur, he does need to have something that will keep the hair moving along through his system instead of getting caught in his intestines.

    Be very wary of pulling anything out of his bum. Let it pass naturally. If he is prancing around with a pony tail hanging off his rear end, you can trim it off close to his bum. Sometimes ingested stringy things get stuck in the intestines and if you pull on the end you can see, you end up slicing open his intestines. That’s why you don’t pull on strings coming out of their bums.

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    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    Like CBM says, be very careful pulling anything out of his behind.

    I shed a lot of hair also, just have to be careful when combing/brushing my hair and gathering up the strands I can and vacuuming helps tons.

    Good luck and enjoy your little one.

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