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Q: Hairballs

April 1, 2009 | By Elise | 21 answers | Expired: 1829 days ago

Elise

What is the best treatment for hairballs other than brushing? I read something about vaseline but I have never heard of anyone actually using it to help their cats with hair balls??

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Heather M.
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Apr 02, 2009

I use the furminator too! I also give my cat a special food specific for her breed that is supposed to help with hairballs.

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Kelly
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Apr 15, 2009

Vaseline works but your cat may not voluntarily eat it since its tasteless. Its just petroleum jelly which is the main ingredient in hairball remedies, any of which are also good. Be sure when giving any of these though, to give them on an empty stomach. They interfere with vitamin & mineral absorption so you want to avoid that. You also don't want to give any of these products on a daily basis indefinitely because of the vitamin absortption issue, especially with the fat-soluble vitamins.

Pure canned pumpkin (not pie filling) or baby food squash is very good because it adds fiber & bulk. Its also good for constipation & diarrhea. Many cats readily eat it & think its a treat. If not, mix it into their canned food. All it takes is about 1 tsp a day. Since its natural, it can be given every day without side effects.

Of course, brushing keeps so many hairballs from forming by removing all the loose shedding hair, plus its a great bonding experience.

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Jennifer
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Apr 02, 2009

We have found that our cat does really well if we feed a hairball control food. We have accidentally purchased without and did notice a difference.

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