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We currently have over 2,800 products for cats and for people who love them, with more being added all the time. You can shop by category, browse through all the products for cats, all the products for people, or do a specific search for exactly what you need.  Products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers.  Don't see what you want? Fill out the Product Request form on our home page and we'll track it down for you. We want your shopping experience with us to be fun and hassle free!  If it's anything less, please e-mail us to let us know how we can improve for your next visit.

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In Memory of Vixen

In Memory of Vixen

Memorial for my beloved cat Vixen
1988-2012

Products to promote healthy feline digestive & immune systems and combat hairballs & parasites in cats.
Digestive Support & Hairball Remedies

Digestive Support & Hairball Remedies

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AnalGlandz Herbal RemedyAnalGlandz Herbal RemedyHelps cleanse, soften and empty the anal glands in cats
Carticil PlusCarticil PlusMulti-system Support & Detox
Cat Grass Plus Dual TubsCat Grass Plus Dual TubsCat eating your plants? Get this as an alternative!
Chubby Pet Oral SprayChubby Pet Oral SprayHomeopathic medicine for cats who are chubby and need to lose some stubborn weight
  • Encourages healthy digestion
  • Improves energy levels & healthy metabolism
  • Curbs need to overeat
  • Addresses personality factors underlying weight gain such as apathy and lethargy
Classy Cat Raised DishClassy Cat Raised DishDoes your cat vomit after eating? This could be the solution!
Clean Scat ChewsClean Scat ChewsTakes the pee-yew out of kitty's poop - and also freshens breath!
Combination Calming CollarCombination Calming CollarCombats both stress and nausea!
Cushex Drops-M Homeopathic MedicineCushex Drops-M Homeopathic MedicineNatural medicine addressing common issues with Cushing's disease in cats and dogs
Daily Multi Soft Chews for CatsDaily Multi Soft Chews for CatsContains:
  • Vitamin B Complex for healthy eye function & energy
  • Taurine for immune system and eye health
  • Antioxidants for optimal health
  • Essential Minerals for immune system support, proper composition of body fluids & red blood cell formation
Daily Probiotic Chews for CatsDaily Probiotic Chews for CatsProbiotics support your cat's digestion and immune system!
Digestive Support Herbal RemedyDigestive Support Herbal Remedyfor Digestive Conditions in Pets
Natural digestive system tonic soothes stomach bloat & promotes healthy digestion
Excel Roundworm De-wormer for Cats 2-PackExcel Roundworm De-wormer for Cats 2-PackSafe for use in kittens over 6 weeks old
Feed Your Pet RightFeed Your Pet RightThe Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat

Felinedophilus Probiotic Supplement for CatsFelinedophilus Probiotic Supplement for CatsLiquid probiotic supplement promotes digestive & immune health
Flea Away Diatomaceous EarthFlea Away Diatomaceous EarthAll natural remedy for flea infestations, plus other insects!
FURminator Cat DeshedderFURminator Cat DeshedderAvailable in four varieties, to match every type of cat!
Gastro Vegi-Dophilus Probiotic Supplement for CatsGastro Vegi-Dophilus Probiotic Supplement for CatsPowder probiotic supplement aids digestive & immune health
Good To Go Calming CollarGood To Go Calming CollarA natural remedy for cats who suffer from motion sickness!
Hairball Chews for CatsHairball Chews for CatsThis product is NOT a laxative or lubricant - those can disrupt your cat's normal digestion!
Immunity & Liver Support Herbal RemedyImmunity & Liver Support Herbal RemedyA natural remedy with herbs to boost liver function & immune system health
Internal Gold Detox KitInternal Gold Detox KitUse every spring and fall to keep your cat in optimal condition!
Kitty-DTKitty-DTOrganic digestive support for felines
  • Loose stools
  • Stomach rumbles
  • Gas
  • Behavioral changes
Kittymalt Hairball Remedy Original Malt FlavorKittymalt Hairball Remedy Original Malt FlavorTired of cleaning up hairballs? Try this!
Kochi FreeKochi FreeSupports healthy, normal stools
Laxatone Hairball RemedyLaxatone Hairball RemedyHelps cats pass hairballs instead of hacking them up on your carpet!
Laxatone Natural GelLaxatone Natural GelA natural alternative to petrolatum-based remedies!
Laxatone Soft ChewsLaxatone Soft ChewsGentle, veterinarian formulated lubricant for hairballs, in a treat form your cat will love!
Life Cell SupportLife Cell SupportHelps maintain normal liver performance & bodily functions
Natural Moves Herbal RemedyNatural Moves Herbal RemedyFor Pet Constipation (60 Caps)
Natural herbal remedy promotes regular bowel movements, healthy soft stools & a healthy digestive system
Pancreas Booster Herbal RemedyPancreas Booster Herbal RemedyFor pancreatic health and digestive functioning (60 Caps)
Natural treatment to support pancreatic health & digestive functioning
Parasite Dr. Herbal RemedyParasite Dr. Herbal Remedyfor Intestinal Parasites in Pets
A natural intestinal & digestive cleanse that promotes detoxification & digestive functioning, plus cleanses the blood, in caps or spray!

Peritan FPPeritan FPSupports: 
  • Digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Healthy appetite
  • Nervous system
  • Liver health
RuniPoo Relief Herbal RemedyRuniPoo Relief Herbal RemedyFor Healthy Bowel Functioning, Digestive Health in Pets (2 oz)
A natural remedy to support healthy, firm stools, soothe the stomach & maintain healthy bowels.
Tossa KTossa KFor immune and respiratory support
VibactraVibactraImmune and oral support with antioxidants
Vibactra PlusVibactra PlusImmune, Oral, and Skin Support with Antioxidants
About Your Cat's Digestive System

About Your Cat's Digestive System

A cat's digestive system begins at the mouth and extends all the way through kitty's body to the anus. The pancreas and liver are also considered part of the digestive system. Anyone who's ever fed a cat knows that cats can be extremely finicky about what they eat!

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning that they must consume fresh meat protein as the primary nutrient in their diet. They are not scavengers, so will not consume stale or rotted food. A cat's saliva does not contain the enzyme used to break down carbohydrates, since this is not a part of the cat's natural diet. Cats don't typically have a "sweet tooth". They need to eat several smaller meals throughout the day, and are not meant to fast. Feeding a cat the wrong type of diet can lead to problems like fatty liver or the digestive upsets described below.

Digestion begins as soon as a cat takes a bite of food. Once that food is ground up by the teeth and mixed with saliva in the mouth, it passes through the esophagus into the stomach, where it's broken down by the cat's digestive enzymes and acids, which are stronger than those in the human stomach, even strong enough to digest feathers, hair, and bones in prey animals. Some of these harder bits may be regurgitated by the cat. Proteins are broken down into their amino acid building blocks in the stomach.

From there, food moves into the small intestines, where the carbohydrates, nutrients, fats, and proteins in the food are mixed with bile and pancreatic enzymes and transformed into the molecules needed by the cat's body to function properly. In the small intestines, these molecules are transferred into the bloodstream and lymphatic system, where they are carried to the portions of the body that need them. Toxins are also removed from the food at this point.

What's left over, now liquified, passes into the large intestine, where friendly bacteria help extract and absorb more nutrients. The large intestine also extracts water from the food, which is where cats in the wild actually get most of their hydration. It's an important part of the cat's immune system, as well. 

The remainder is excreted as waste material through the anus. Anal glands located near the anus help the cat mark its territory as a sign to other cats. A complete trip through the cat's digestive system usually takes about 20 hours.

At least, that's how it's supposed to work! Anyone who's lived with a cat knows that you'd better be prepared for cleaning up vomit from whatever doesn't agree with kitty's digestive system.

Cats may not completely chew their food, especially older cats whose teeth are bothering them. This can cause a blockage in the esophagus. If a cat starts repeatedly throwing up food just eaten, this may be the problem. A visit to the vet is warranted to make sure there's not something like a fish bone or foreign object stuck in the esophagus. Some cats, especially older ones, may vomit frequently after eating. Raising the cat's dish so the esophagus is parallel to the floor instead of tilted downward at the top while the cat is eating may help this.

Hairballs are a common occurrence in cats. They result from the cat using the little barbs on its tongue to comb its fur, and swallowing the loose hairs that are removed during grooming. Sometimes these pass through the digestive system, while other times they are vomited up. If your cat suffers often from hairballs, regular brushing to remove excess loose hair may help, as well as one of the many hairball products designed to help the cat pass them through the system instead of throwing them up on your carpet. Some cats will eat grass to help them process hairballs.

A cat's liver converts food proteins into the material to fuel your cat's body, as well as making the clotting agents for blood and helping metabolize sugars. The liver is also quite important in removing toxins and dead red blood cells from your cat's body. Bile manufactured by the liver helps break down fats in your cat's stomach. If the liver is malfunctioning, your cat may become jaundiced from too much bile in the bloodstream.

The pancreas neutralizes acids in food passing from the stomach to the intestines, preventing damage to the intestines. It makes insulin, essential for maintaining blood sugar balance. Enzymes that digest starches, sugars, fats, and proteins are also made by the pancreas. Pancreatic functioning in cats is triggered by amino acids, not glucose, as it is in humans. Some cats may get an inflamed pancreas, also known as pancreatitis, that will cause digestive upset including diarrhea.

The consistency of your cat's feces may tell you a lot about what's ailing the cat's digestive system, and your vet may ask you to bring a sample with you if you need to seek medical help.

Feline Digestive Disorders

Most cats suffer from some type of digestive upset at some point in their lives, and the same symptoms can mean various things. A diagnosis by your veterinarian is always a good idea. But here are some of the digestive problems you may see in your cat, and several possible causes for each:

Vomiting: Can be from hairballs, gulping food too quickly, eating inappropriate food for cats, straining to defecate, motion sickness, inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, tumors, food allergies, intestinal obstructions, metabolic problems, bacterial infection, some prescribed drugs, ingestion of toxins, major organ disease or failure.

Drooling: Can be from stress, motion sickness, pleasure, dental problems, gum disease, a foreign body stuck in the digestive tract, a tumor, an oral ulcer or injury, a cyst in a salivary gland, an insect sting, hyperthyroidism.

Diarrhea: Could be from stress, change of diet, ingestion of toxins or foreign material, consumption of milk by an adult cat, giardia, cryptosporidium, bacterial infection, inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, tumors (cancerous or non), food allergies, metabolic problems, worms, antibiotics, pancreatitis, thyroid disease, colitis, feline distemper (panleukopenia), intoxication, intestinal obstruction, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, FELV, FIV, FIP.

Constipation: Could be from congenital deformities, injury to the spine or pelvis, inactivity, dehydration, hairballs, stress, low potassium level, inadequate fiber in the cat's diet, obesity, supplements containing iron, aluminum hydroxide in some medications, ingesting too much kaolin, a large hairball stuck in the intestine, spinal cord injury.

Gas: Could be from milk or dairy products consumed by an adult cat, giardia, bacterial infections, food allergy, an underperforming pancreas, inflammatory bowel disease.

Abdominal pain, nausea, or rumbling: Could be from bacterial infection, impacted anal glands, milk consumed by an adult cat, numerous other causes.

Bloated abdomen: Could be from giardia, constipation, FIP, or a secondary symptom of many of these other conditions.

Weight loss: Could be from inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, tumors, food allergies, metabolic problems, toxoplasmosis, or a number of non-digestive causes.

Appetite changes: Could be from constipation, giardia, toxoplasmosis, inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, tumors, food allergies, intestinal obstructions, metabolic problems, roundworms, thyroid malfunction, or a general feeling of malaise.

Lethargy: Could be from giardia, toxoplasmosis, constipation, or a number of non-digestive disorders.

You can see why digestive upsets are something that should be examined further by your veterinarian! Self-diagnosing without all the facts or the expertise to interpret them could be dangerous for your cat. Make note of the symptoms your cat has experienced, their duration, and anything unusual that may have happened to cause them. Once you have a diagnosis in hand, it'll be easier to choose the correct treatment for whatever's ailing kitty's tummy.
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Shop More Cat Health Products Here:

Alternative RemediesProducts to treat the symptoms of various feline ailments from homeopathic, naturopathic, or alternative to Western medical traditions.
Cat Calming & Soothing ProductsProducts to calm and soothe stressed, depressed, or hyperactive cats.
Digestive Support & Hairball RemediesProducts to help your cat's digestive system function optimally, and to combat hairballs.
Ear CareProducts to help you care for your cat's ears and relieve ear problems.
Endocrine Support & Diabetes CareProducts for feline glandular problems, feline diabetes care, thyroid, and other endocrine system support.
Eye CareProducts to care for your cat's eyes and keep them healthy, and also to combat cosmetic problems like tear staining.
First Aid & Wound CareCat first aid and wound care products for recovery from injuries or surgery.
Flea & Tick ControlProducts to control fleas and ticks on your cat, and to soothe kitties with flea dermatitis
Cat Health Reference BooksReference books about cat health
Cat Heart HealthProducts to keep your cat's heart and cardiovascular system in tip-top shape!
Cat Warming & Cooling ProductsHeaters, warming products, and cooling products for cats, catteries, shelters, and pet cats of all sizes and types.
Cat Hydration SuppliesProducts to encourage cats to drink more water and stay properly hydrated
Feline Joint CareProducts to care for a cat's joints, preventing and relieving pain
Feline Oral CareProducts to care for your cat's teeth, gums, and mouth or to treat problems of the teeth, mouth and gums.
Feline Respiratory CareProducts to help cats with breathing conditions such as feline asthma, nasal allergies, and upper respiratory infections.
Cat Safety DevicesSafety and protection products to keep your cats safe from dangers such as predators, drowning, roaming, sun damage, traffic, fighting, or toxins.
Skin, Coat & Paw CareProducts to care for your cat's skin, coat, and paws, including wound care supplies.
Feline Urinary Tract CareProducts to help care for your cat's urinary tract, including the kidneys.
Cat Vitamins & SupplementsVitamins and supplements to help your cat thrive!
Weight ControlProducts to help your cat lose or gain weight, keeping it at just the right level for optimum health.

About OldMaidCatLady.com

About OldMaidCatLady.com

We're a small business, founded by a genuine old maid cat lady who loves her cats the same as if they were her children, just like you do yours. All products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers; we don't maintain any inventory. This eliminates double shipping, warehousing and staffing that would drive up costs, allowing us to price our items as reasonably as possible. When it comes to shipping, we charge you only what our suppliers charge us to ship the items to you. Those retailers who offer you "free" shipping are only raising their prices to cover the cost of shipping, and we'd rather be honest with you about it. If our suppliers include shipping in the prices of the items, we offer the same to you. We try to treat all our customers the way we'd like to be treated ourselves, and appreciate your taking the time to get to know us a little. If you'd like to know more, click on the "About Us" link in the menu.
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Old Maid Cat Lady does not make any claims as to the effectiveness of any of these products in treating diseases or conditions.  Different cats react differently to homeopathic or natural remedies.  Always check with your veterinarian if you suspect that your cat doesn't seem right, or exhibits behavior that may mean illness and a need for medical treatment.