Hairball remedies for your cat

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Hairballs are an issue that many cats and their owners have to deal with. Most vomiting done by cats is the result of hairballs. While infrequent hairballs aren't much of a concern, if a cat is having hairball trouble frequently, the cause must be dealt with. Fortunately, there are many hairball remedies that can be done at home.

How Cat Hairballs Develop

First one must understand what a hairball is. Hairballs are exactly as they sound: balls of hair that are vomited from the stomach. When cats groom themselves, they ingest loose hairs. In most cases these are passed out normally as waste, but occasionally, a hairball develops. When this happens, the cat may begin throwing up, gagging or making choking noises.

While no cat is immune to hairballs, they are more likely to develop in long-haired cats such as the Maine coon or cats that shed frequently. In some cases the hair may cause a blockage in the stomach, so you'll need to consult a vet. This can be avoided, however, with proper hairball control.

Hairball Control and Hairball Remedies

Preventing hairballs can be done with a little foresight. For long-haired cats, daily brushing can prevent the amount of hair they ingest while grooming. Even short-haired cats like the Russian blue need regular brushing, though not as often. If an owner is unable to brush their cat daily, then a wall-mounted brush may help solve the problem. These brushes are placed near a corner and the cat can rub itself against it. Most cats love these and will use them often.

If cat hairballs are already an issue, or if grooming alone is not working, hairball remedies may be needed, and there are many to choose from. Most cat hairball medicine comes in a tube and may be flavored to appeal to the cat. A half-inch to one-inch length of medicine is usually squeezed onto the cat's front paw, where it will lick it off. These medicines help lubricate the hairball so it will pass through its digestive tract with no further problems.

In rare cases, surgery by a vet may be required to remove a compacted hairball. If hairball medicine has been administered three or four times and the cat is still gagging or coughing, plus its stomach feels swollen and hard, a visit to the vet is required.

Posted by staci on August 22,2014 at 09:00 PM
How much colace can u give your cat for hairballs
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Posted by Wanda on August 17,2010 at 03:49 PM
my cat is about 5 yrs old, she is long haired, I feed her meow mix hairball control food, brush her quite ofter but still pukes up hairballs, I know when she is going to do it because she yangs and yangs until she pukes it up. This is happening often enough that I can tell she has lost some weight, what can I try to help her.
Posted by Pattie on November 04,2010 at 08:33 PM
You need better cat food. I was feeding my cat meow mix he got sooo sick. Now I spend the extra and go to the pet store. I buy the brands that are grain free. I also bought petromalt a tube of medicine, that i give him a little 1/4 inch taste every day. He loves his Medicine. I just say "medicine!" and he jumps up on the coffee table and waits. buy the malt flavour, salmon is yucky) Now we have a happy kitty, no hairballs no yusky messes! Pattie
Posted by jonnie on May 23,2010 at 11:35 PM
my cat seems to be constipated or something..................about a week ago then got better and seems to be back any ideas
Posted by Lex on March 04,2011 at 03:34 AM
this looks like an old comment that may not even be void anymore, Sorry. But for those wondering this questions, I noticed a dab of extra virgin olive oil does the trick. cats usually love it, and it's very healthy for them, and helps their constipation. and if you don't trust me, research if for yourself instead of taking my word for it ;) evoo is so good stuff! read up on the benefits, not just for cooking! I use it for almost every! even a dab of this heavenly stuff on a cat's mat or knots, or whatever, just rub it in, leave it in, and the next day the mat is completely gone!
Posted by Margie Goodman on April 06,2010 at 10:51 PM
To reduce hairballs, I give my adult cat about 1 inch of plain vaseline a day or more it won't hurt them a bit, it helps them get rid of the hair in there stools.
Posted by tasha on July 18,2010 at 11:00 PM
my cat has a hair ball what i give him can it be any kinda of vaseline
Posted by MADISON on February 14,2010 at 02:17 AM
dmy cat is a kitten and he has big hairballs what sould i do?
Posted by Lisa Johnson on February 05,2010 at 03:28 AM
And if they do have a hairball do they act like they have the flu ?
Posted by giseleboustany on November 08,2010 at 02:34 AM
my cat stop to have hairball , before he has this now he has constipation is the happy cats food for sensitive cats make his constipate or hairball what shall i do and what is the problems in food or haiball?
Posted by Lisa Johnson on February 05,2010 at 03:27 AM
Do they continue puking all day if the hairball is stuck?
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