tummy upset and mousies

Dougy had a little tummy upset this morning. I heard him “horking” and tried to get to him before…! Yuck!

My experience with cats and tummy upsets is they always, always gravitate toward carpet to puke. That’s exactly what Dougy did. I cleaned it up, tossed it. Dougy went back to doing cat things, apparently feeling better.

(I’ll keep an eye on him the rest of the day, however….)

Yesterday, I put on the right shoe of a pair I’d not worn for some time. My toes struck something, which I shook out of the shoe: One of the boys had cached a kitty toy in my shoe! It’s odd-looking. No idea what it’s supposed to be.

I showed the toy to Andy. He grabbed it with his mouth and ran. For the next several minutes, Andy ran with the toy, head up, ears back, and Dougy chased after him trying to capture the toy!

Here’s a video of the boys, a week short of three months old, playing with the famous mousie toy.

The last time I saw that specific behavior, the boys were weeks old, and the toy was a little mouse that was almost too big for their mouths. They looked so cute and “grown up” with the mousie in their mouths.

It kept them busy for long spells each day until one of the boys cached the mousie behind some things stored in a corner. That’s where I found the toy last week. This week, after amusing the boys for a few days, the toy is cached once again, to stay out of play until one of the boys or I stumble on it. Or it turns up in my shoe!


Dougy just stopped by the computer to stretch and greet me with a hearty >meow<. He feels better, and I feel better about him!

8 thoughts on “tummy upset and mousies

  1. I think we animals like the traction feeling of carpet, and that’s why we return to it to puke over and over and over again. Do you ever give kitties a tiny bit of petroleum jelly to help with the hairballs? They do love it and lick it right up.

    • Their veterinarian recommends mixing a little canned pumpkin mix (the unsweetened or spiced form) in their wet food for the same purpose. This actually is the first time in the almost two years I’ve had the boys that either one vomited. It didn’t look like hair so much as wet cat food. At any rate, Dougy was OK after that, and had an active day.

      That’s an interesting thought on the carpet business! It’s better than anything I’ve come up with.

  2. Sweet babies and they look like my Ali when she was a kitten. I had never owned a black or long haired cat before, and that first hair ball had me and Ali to the vet immediately. The vet chuckled and didn”t charge me for the call and explained about hair balls.
    Like you said they always head for the carpet to leave us those nasty little surprises.
    You and the boys have a great week end and this is the cutest video.

    • Thanks! And you, too! Yes, the carpeted parts of the house look best for ralphing! I’m not sure what the deal is, but I always try to beat the cat to the act. Once in a long while, I succeed! (Fortunately, it is easily cleaned up, unlike human or dog vomit.)

  3. Oh yes, they love the carpet for that eh? And the few times the timing was good, I would try to put napkins or something on the spot that looked like the intended target, and don’t they always move to another spot just as quickly — I’m always thankful when they “do it” on the floor instead of the carpet!
    LOL I can so relate!
    And the multitude of wet, very loved, stuffed mice around the house …. LOL We love them, don’t we?? 🙂

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