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Q: Hairballs

April 1, 2009 | By Elise | 21 answers | Expired: 2046 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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Stephan B.
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Apr 02, 2009

I give Lew peanut butter. She got hooked when I gave the dogs a little peanut butter as a treat. Lew loves it and it seems to keep her from having hair balls. That wasn't the intention, but seems to be the effect.

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Mary C.
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Apr 02, 2009

Hi, Here's a natural remedy and maintenence routine for hairballs if you can get your cat to take it. Try pineapple juice or canned pinapple pieces. Works good for small animals too.

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Em C.
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Apr 02, 2009

Hairball food is good. Also the treats. My cats use to have same problem.

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kelly s.
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Apr 02, 2009

i have dealt with this issue with my persian cat! i have tried many foods but Science Diet Hairball Control was the cure....try it out!

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Ginger G.
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Apr 02, 2009

I recommend feeding your cat a hairball control food. I have a long haired cat & I feed her hairball food. It does really seem to help.

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Elizabeth D.
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Apr 02, 2009

I let my cat have a little butter or margarine, that is what we have always done and works most of the time. I have also heard of people using vegetable oil.

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Kaylee
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Apr 01, 2009

My cats have suffered with hairballs quite a lot. Firstly, I have never used vaseline, so I can't say whether it works or not. Second, it is a good thing to caontinue brushing your cats. It might not reduce hairballs entirely, but it can help reduce them. Thirdly, I agree with others that it definately helps to feed your cats Hairball control food. I personaly have had great luck with Whiskas Hairball control (dry food.) Fourthly, I don't know if you have seen them before, but Temtations sells a Temtations hairball reducing treat (it looks just like the regular bags.) I feed my cats this along with the dry food when they are suffering hariballs. You just feed 10 bites every second day. The cats like them too. If all else fails, you can buy a hairballs reduces 'goo' that comes in bottles that you can get at the pet store. I have used these and they do work. I forget the kind I bought, but I know someone who used 'Sentry Natural Defense Hairball Remedy' and it worked good.
If none of this works, you can take the cat to the vet and get a prescription 'goo' that should work. However, this should be your last resort.
Hope this helps.

---MastiffLover48--
See pics of my cats on my profile.

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Sharon
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Apr 01, 2009

I concur with the other individual who advises
you to try Iams Hairball Control Dry Food.
I have given my cat this product for 6-1/2
years and have had no problem with hairballs.

Also brush her every night which all I have to do
is sit on the floor and she comes to me for
her "brush job" as we call it.

Good luck to you and give it a try.

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Ragdollkitties
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Apr 01, 2009

I have never used Vasoline, but I have used Petromalt Hairball Remedy. I've only used it a few times, but it always helped. I smeared the recommended amount of Petromalt on the cat's leg and he licked it off. He wouldn't eat it readily from the tube as some cats do. Good luck.

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Lyndsay
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Apr 01, 2009

i agree with ourstaff. but the type of food i used was special kittys hairball control. it helps so much. all special kittys is awsome.

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