Greetings,
So my mom is partially disabled and has had my cat for the past 8 years for company. I still clip the cat and brush her every week or so, and she is healty for being 14 years old, but the problem I think is the smoke.
Mom smokes a pack a day, all in a small 1 bedroom apartment. The poor cat's fur stinks so she won't groom herself, and I don't blame her. At times it has gotten as bad as the fur being matted. I hate smoke myself, and can barely stand the place for an hour, I can't imagine being inthat 24/7.
Taking the cat away is not an option, but I know it really is the only way to get the cat healthy. When mom was in the hospital for a month last year the cat was with me, and after a couple of weeks was healthy and full of life again...these days she is like her owner, lying around 1/2 dead.
What can I do to help this cat live a few more years in these conditions? Opening all the windows in a Northeast winter is out, having her smoke somewhere else is out becuase of the diability, she's tried to quit many times, (and I told her she is killing the cat, but she just can't stop) and taking the cat is out becuase mom would go right over the edge without her best friend. I tried an air purifier, it was soon overcome by the smoke.
Any thoughts to help? Is there a super smokeless ashtray? A gismo that provides fresh air in a small area the cat can run to?
Bluesman
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What can I do to help this cat live a few more years in these conditions?

Please get this poor, suffering cat out of the house ASAP. Her risk of getting lymphoma as a result of second hand smoke is very high, and nothing justifies risking a cat's life. If your mother is intent on killing herself by way of cigarettes, there's not much you can do about it, but under no circumstances should you allow her to take the cat with her. Maybe losing the cat will be the incentive she needs to stop smoking, but in the meantime, forcing the cat to inhale secondhand smoke and live with her fur coated with the stuff is nothing short of animal cruelty.
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Greetings, So my mom is partially disabled and has had my cat for the past 8 years for company. I ... every week or so, and she is healty for being 14 years old, but the problem Ithink is the smoke.

Big hepa filters for every room. Expensive, but they do help. Just one near the place where your mother sits and smokes will keep her place from stinking so bad. Why isn't she opening a window or using filters now?
Incidentally, I really doubt that the cat will not groom herself because her fur smells like smoke. Too many smokers own cats that groom themselves just fine. There may be another reason the cat is not grooming herself. Is it time for a vet visit? For a few dollars the vet could rule out any health problems the cat has now and make some suggestions to you regarding the smoke.
Mom smokes a pack a day, all in a small 1 bedroom apartment. The poor cat's fur stinks so she ... matted. I hate smoke myself, and can barely stand the place for an hour, I can't imagine being inthat 24/7.

I think the cat should be removed from the apartment. Barring that, someone needs to get some major-sized, multiple HEPA filters and run them. Maybe if she only smoked near the giant HEPA it would help some. Poor kitty.

Sherry
or maybe the mother could at least smoke in the bathroom with a window open and an exhaust fan running.
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How about getting your mother to kick the habit? Not only is it good for the cat who doesn't have to breathe second hand smoke but it also will help your mother as well live a longer life. If your mom refuses to quit then I'd take the cat from her and keep her with you.

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I thought of that too...and yes the cat gets a check up every year. Mom lives in a senior housing complex and they have a vet come every year and gets her checkup every year. Aside from needing her teth scaled a couple of years a go and some on going ear mites, the cat is fine.
The grooming issue went away when the cat came to live with me for 6 weeks. If it isn't the smoke, what could it be?
What can I do to help this cat live a few more years in these conditions?

Please get this poor, suffering cat out of the house ASAP.

Not happening.
Her risk of
getting lymphoma as a result of second hand smoke is very high, and nothing justifies risking a cat's life.

***. She is keeping my mothing from going nuts, truly. I am asking the question here to help the cat, but if you think I would take away one of my mom's few sources of happiness AND tell her that it is her fault that I am taking her away, you are out of your mind.

If your mother is intent on
killing herself by way of cigarettes, there's not much you can do about it, but under no circumstances should you ... cat to inhale secondhand smoke and live with her fur coated with the stuff is nothing short of animal cruelty.

Then go call the cops.
How about getting your mother to kick the habit? Not only is it good for the cat who doesn't have ... longer life. If your mom refuses to quit then I'd take the cat from her and keep her with you.

Have tried this...doctor appointments, patches, nicotine gum...it is not happening. If you were on 13 different medications, were unable to walk more than 20 feet without blinding pain, and were homebound 24/7 in a small apt, and you were addicted to smoking, and your cat was your best friend, there is no way the cat can go.

The Hepa filters are a god suggestion, but forget about taking the cat - if she didn't care one way or the other, the cat would have been with me years ago - but the way it is now, the cat stays...
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