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OK. I have a 9 year old tabby-mix cat. She grooms herself

OK. I have a...
OK. I have a 9 year old tabby-mix cat. She grooms herself all the time and therefore coughs up a lot of hairballs. I'd LOVE to brush her but she won't let me. (I got her as a stray 9 years ago, got her spayed and completed her shots and she's strictly and indoor cat.). We had to leave town for almost a week for a funeral. We had a neighbor check on her daily - replenish her food and water. When we got home, her retching (like for hairballs) has greatly increased. I have found a few hairballs, so I think that's what it is. I read previous entries and just now removed her food (dry). She's emptied her water bowl THREE times today. No diarrhea in her cat box. Poor pitiful thing yowls/groans now before she retches; I know she's got to be sore. She wants to cuddle, which is unusual for her. What should I do? Prophylaxis at home? Vet?
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Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience: Veterinary Associate at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic
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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? How long has this been going on for? Any other probles going on with her?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
It's been going on for two days. No others problems that I know of.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I do NOT wish to talk on the phone. This is sufficient. That way, I can re-read.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Are you there?

Sorry about the delay for some reason this website was giving me problems so I was unable to respond so I had to switch browsers

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Can you please answer my questions? Otherwise, I will consult another "expert."

As far as the hairballs are concerned you can try hair ball treats or a hairball treatment such as laxatone which you can put on their paws so they are forced to lick it off and see if that helps. However I am concerned about the excessive drinking so you may want to have her evaluated for that. With her age I would be concerned about a few things such as kidney disease, diabetes, etc.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thank you.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Is laxatone available at pet stores?

You are welcome. Yes you can get laxatone or hairball treats at most pet stores like petsmart or petco

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