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Q: Anything good to prevent hairballs?

April 10, 2009 | By Jessica H. | 13 answers | Expired: 1972 days ago

Jessica H.

My cat get hairballs every once in a while and i have not been able to find anything that really helps with it. does anyone know a product that they have used that helped?

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Beckee
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Apr 13, 2009

One of my cats has hair balls. I have found in combing him daily with a fine tooth comb helps A LOT. Every once in a while, I comb his hair in the opposite direction of the hair growth. I use a flea comb, it gets a lot of hair off him. (but be gentle) Also, when I first noticed the hair balls starting this spring, I gave him a teaspoon of baby food squash in his soft food OR a teaspoon of reg. canned pumpkin in his food. It helps to get things moving again. I hope this helps! By the way, he doesn't really like to be held, but once I started to comb him, he found he really likes it. Now he comes to me once or twice a day to get combed!

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CatsGalore
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Apr 12, 2009

I liked Wal-Mart's Maxximum Nutrition brand until it was discontinued (in our store, anyway). Since then I'm feeding Purina Naturals to our four cats, aged 2-11. Hairballs are rare and even the kitty with a sensitive stomach hardly even throws up. Food coloring seems to cause problems so I avoid artificially colored dry food.

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RemarkablySpecial
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Apr 12, 2009

Grooming with the correct equipment for your cat's hair type.

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Beverly
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Apr 12, 2009

One of my cats gets them on occasion and so every so often I give him a dab of just plain vaseline, about the size of a pea. Sometimes he will lick it off my foner and other times I have to make him open his mouth and put it on his tongue. I did have approval from a vet for this so didn't do it without checking first. Just seems to help them pass the furball rather than throwing up.

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DDRau
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Apr 11, 2009

I agree with those that refer to regular grooming as well. I just got a cat Furminator at the Animal Expo and it looked like I created another cat after using it on my semi-long hair. Amazing tool.

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abigail b.
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Apr 11, 2009

My cat's Bella and Momma get them a lot and i have found that if you go to Wall-Mart and get Hearts Hair-Ball Formula that is some of the best stuff in the world

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Ragdollkitties
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Apr 11, 2009

I've found that regular grooming is the best for preventing hairballs in my cats. As long as I groom them very well on a regular basis, they don't get hairballs (and they have long hair).

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Stevecat511
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Apr 11, 2009

There are alot of hairball remedies on the market. But, I can tell you from personal experience that a dab of Vaseline once a month has truly licked my Kittles' hairball woes.

It's very easy as he licks the vaseline off my finger. It's inexpensive and it is something most people always have on hand! Save your hard earned money and use the old time classic! Good luck and I hope this helps!

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Sheryl J.
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Apr 11, 2009

There are many special foods and remedies, I never used any of them. For my longhaired Tabby, I use to give him a can of real tuna in oil once a month and he never had a problem with hairballs.

I would also add a few drops of fish oil on his kibble weekly, it's good for their overall health and I never had to pick up those nasty hairballs :)

PS Good brushing too, it's a nice way to spend time with your cat, they love it and it gives them a little help especially during shedding season...hope this helps

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Apr 11, 2009

There are a couple of things you can try. I get catlax from the vet and you can also use vaseline. You just put it on their paws and they'll lick it off.

You actually can use the hairball control treats too. I buy Science Diet Indoor Cat/Light/Hairball control food and it really makes a big difference.

Hope this answers your question!

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